Ashley Qualls

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Ashley Qualls (born June 4, 1990) is an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan. Originally as a hobby, in 2004 at age 14, she started a website called whateverlife.com, designed to provide free Myspace layouts and HTML tutorials for people in her age demographic, and supported entirely by advertising revenue.[1][2] She used the basement of her home as her office, employing her mother and friends from school. She made 70 thousand dollars in the first months.[3] She had earned over a million dollars by age 17.[4]

Qualls has turned down numerous offers to acquire her company including an offer for 1.5 million dollars and her choice of any car.[5] In September 2006 she paid cash for a $250,000 home in a fenced-off subdivision in the community of Southgate. At the age of 17, she obtained legal emancipation, giving her the same legal status as an adult.[6]

In 2007 her website had over 7 million unique visitors a month and generated over a million dollars in ad revenue.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Sites, Kevin (2007-10-30). "People of the Web – Teen Millionaire". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  2. ^ Scholz, Trebor (2013). Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory. Routledge. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-415-89694-8 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Worak, Johnette; Mallory, Mike (3 October 2014). "Junior Achievement inspires and prepares kids for success". WPSD. 
  4. ^ Toren, Matthew (19 January 2011). "Top 100 Entrepreneurs Who Made Millions Without A College Degree". Business Insider. 
  5. ^ "Ashley Qualls Teenage Success". Xomba. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Lindner, Melanie (3 March 2009). "The First Million: Ashley Qualls". Forbes. 
  7. ^ Tynan, Dan (18 March 2008). "Meet the Next Generation's Whiz Kids". ABC News. 
  8. ^ Salter, Chuck (1 September 2007). "Girl Power". Fast Company. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 

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