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Minnesota's young millionaires

Twin Cities BusinessRemember that show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Of course you do. And who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Although it’s one thing to be awarded seven figures from Regis Philbin; it’s another to earn it yourself. It’s yet another to do it at a young age. There’s a word for that: Impressive.

These leaders were all able to nurture an idea all the way through to market success. We wanted to find out how they figured out how to make such uncommonly good business decisions, time and again. Their motivations are illuminating. Mike Derheim is addicted to new challenges. Brenton Hayden wants to retire early. Heather Manley unabashedly likes money. Abir Sen doesn’t like to be bored. And Rob and Ryan Weber of NativeX put a high premium on trust. This is a colorful crew, and one gets the impression that they’re just getting started. If track records count, what they do next will be shrewd, savvy and successful. We’ll be watching.

Click the links below to learn the stories of six young Minnesota millionaires.

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Abir Sen

“The job I want is the one I have to give to myself because nobody else will give it to me. I have no interest in climbing the corporate ladder—it’s just boring and it’s not cut out for me.”

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Brenton Hayden

“A head hunter told me the only way to make six figures when you’re young is to get into real estate. So I did.”

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Heather Manley

“We’re very sarcastic and slightly inappropriate. If you’re not having fun, then why are you doing it?”

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Mike Derheim

“You have to have a voice in the company. You have to actually be able to have some control of your destiny if it’s really going to be the best place on Earth for you to be every single day.”

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Rob and Ryan Weber

“In a lot of companies, you don’t have that level of trust between executives. You can’t have more trust than in your identical twin brother.”

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This article is reprinted in partnership with Twin Cities Business.

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