After growing up in the shadows of America’s nuclear weapons program, Alexandr Wang dropped out of MIT at 19 to cofound Scale AI.
Now he is helping outfits like the Air Force, Army, GM, and Flexport unlock their data’s potential.
Wang’s six-year-old San Francisco–based company, Scale AI, has already inked three contracts worth some $350 million or more, contingent on the government’s needs, to help America’s Air Force and Army employ artificial intelligence.
A $325 million funding round last year valued Scale, which generates an estimated $100 million in revenue, at $7.3 billion.
Wang’s estimated 15 percent stake is worth $1 billion, making him the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.
The next youngest is Pedro Franceschi, the 25-year-old Brazilian cofounder of credit card company Brex.