Few could truly claim that teens are, on the whole, terribly useful.


It helps if you have a strong admiration for Apple CEO Steve Jobs.


According to the Daily Mail, Christian Owens, a 16-year-old from Corby in the United Kingdom, happened to be moved by the revolutionary chief executive. So, at the age of 14, he created a company called Mac Bundle Box, a neat little way for people to save money on various Mac OS X apps.

英国科尔比市16岁的男孩克里斯蒂安·欧文斯,正是受了这位大胆创新的CEO启发。在14岁时,他创办了名为“Mac Bundle Box”的公司,打包低价出售苹果公司产品的应用软件。

Not only was Owens a teen who enjoyed saving his customers money, he even donated some of his profits to charity. And still he made 700,000 British pounds. Which feels like a million dollars.


Owens does look a little on the nerdy side, with happily unruly curly hair and glasses that somehow reminded me of the cult classic “Joe 90” in which a 9-year-old becomes a special agent.


His words to the Mail, though, sound as if they came from an old man who has seen it all: “I think everyone has business sense in them, they just need to gain experience and be determined to make it.”


Though he admires Apple`s magical revolution, Owens isn`t quite so convinced that magic truly has any part of business success. “There is no magical formula to business, it takes hard work, determination and the drive to do something great,” he told the Mail.


His determination is so great that he has already created a new company, Branchr, a pay-per-click advertising company that distributes more than 300 million ads every month all over the Web.


Now one can argue about whether the Web really needs more than 300 million ads strewn all over its pristine pages. But one can surely only admire the fact that Branchr seems not only to be doing well, but also to have already acquired another company, Atomplan.


And between Mac Bundle Box and Branchr he`s made around 1.2 million British pounds, which is close to $2 million.

“Mac Bundle Box”和“Branchr”这两个公司,他净赚120万英镑,约合近200万美金。

Owens, who already employs eight people of legal drinking age, told the Mail: “I don`t know where I will be in 10 years time but I won`t leave Branchr until it has reached 100 million pounds.”