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TikTok Star Charli D'Amelio, 16, Becomes the Youngest Person to Make Fortune's 40 under 40 List

Joe Akins
Sep 05, 2020
07:00 A.M.

16-year-old TikTok star Charli D'Amelio scores herself another important round of recognition as she becomes the youngest person to make it to the 40 under 40 Fortune list.

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At just 16 years old, TikTok megastar Charli D'Amelio has made a name and a brand for herself. Most recently, the teenager made her way to Fortune's 40 under 40 list thanks to her fast-growing social media influence and the income that comes with it.

The young teenager's name has quickly become one that many people are interested in, in the last year, after she launched her account on TikTok in 2019.

Photo of Charli D'amelio during in a video on her YouTube channel | Photo: YouTube / charli d'amelio

Photo of Charli D'amelio during in a video on her YouTube channel | Photo: YouTube / charli d'amelio

According to Yahoo!Life, D'Amelio was the youngest name on the list after Fortune released its 40 under 40 giving recognition to 40 individuals in areas of expertise ranging from politics and finance, to technology. The publication said to Yahoo!Life:

"The list reflects both those who have established that impact over time and those who are rising stars in their respective industry. Charli D’Amelio is one of those rising stars."

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In less than one year, D'Amelio who is a competitive dancer, has garnered over 80 million followers and several billions of likes on the short-form video app with her stellar dancing and choreographing skills.

D'Amelio was one of the highest-paid TikTok influencers, clocking in at second position right behind popular TikToker Addison Rae Easterling and ahead of her older sister Dixie.

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Top social media influence Keith Dorsey, who is a popular social media personality, expressed to the news outlet how delighted he was to see someone like D'Amelio receive the kind of recognition that she was getting.

Describing the times when content creators and influencers on social media were unappreciated to Yahoo!Life, he expressed his pleasure at the rise of the teenager and the many others who were able to seize the opportunity TikTok gave them to create a career for themselves.

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According to Forbes, D'Amelio was one of the highest-paid TikTok influencers, clocking in at second position right behind popular TikToker Addison Rae Easterling and ahead of her older sister Dixie. The publication claimed that she had made $4million in the space of the year her account took off.

Not long after her first viral video took off, the recognition was overwhelming. Singer Bebe Rexha invited the teenager to dance on-stage in the Jonas Brothers' music tour.

Then she got to attend fashion week with Prada and from there on, her rise to success began. Not too far behind her was her 19-year-old sister, Dixie, who is also quickly becoming a sensation.

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Along with their parents, both D'Amelio and her sister, Dixie, relocated to Los Angeles from their humble base in Norwalk, Connecticut to be closer to more business opportunities.

They also signed to a talent management agency, United Talent Agency. Together with the agency, both girls would be exposed to more opportunities to further propel their success.

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Most recently, the 16-year-old landed herself a deal with Dunkin' Donuts after months of creating unofficial content for the company by posting about how much she loves their cold brew on TikTok.

As the deals, recognition, and companies continue to slide in for this 16-year-old TikTok sensation, it is clear that her rise to success so far has only been a stepping stone for the more that is to come.

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