Cameron Johnson, 15-Year Old CEO

To say the least, Cameron Johnson was not your typical teenager. Beginning at the tender age of nine, Cameron started his first business and before graduating high school, he was recognized as one of the most successful teenage entrepreneurs in the world. At the age of fifteen, Cameron was the youngest person to become an Advisory Board Member to a Japan-based company. That same year, a best-selling Japanese author wrote a biography book on his life. Over the last six years, Cameron has given more than one-hundred speeches worldwide and at the age of 17, he was the Keynote Speaker with Michael Dell at the Youth International Technology Summit in Austin, Texas.

Now 22, Cameron has been featured in over two-hundred newspapers, magazines and television stations worldwide including Newsweek, BusinessWeek, USA Today, The New York Times, The New York Post, Time Magazine, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, and dozens in Japan as well. He has a brand new book titled You Call the Shots, which was released by Simon & Schuster on January 9th, 2007. More information regarding his current companies, his book, his speaking engagements, and his many accomplishments can be found throughout this site

While entrepreneurship has run in Cameron’s family, his parents never tried to persuade him or even interest him, for that matter, in business. “It was just something I did after I got my first computer,” said Cameron. While he may have waited until the age of nine to start his first computer business, his career really began even sooner than that. It’s said that even as a toddler, Cameron had been interested in making money and he had always been able to sell any product put in front of him. At the age of 7, he would sell vegetables from his red wagon door-to-door to neighbors. When he was nine years old and in the fourth grade, he was the top-seller for raffle ticket in his K-12 school, selling several hundred in only a matter of weeks. When he was in the fifth grade, it was wrapping paper the students were selling and yet again, Cameron was the top-seller and he sold more than twice as much as the runner-up.

He received his first computer as a Christmas present from his parents at the age of nine. Only a few months later, he started his first business printing greeting cards, stationery, and invitations for family and friends using his computer and printer. Just before he turned ten, his parents allowed him to open his own checking account. This allowed Cameron to be in complete control of all of his finances and to learn to manage his money. From depositing his weekly allowance to writing checks for office supplies, he learned how to manage his money and how to keep track of his expenses. Cameron was raised on the principles of giving back to his community and at the same age (just 10 years old), he began giving an annual gift to his local church.

For Christmas, when he was eleven years old, he received several shares of stock in various companies including Disney and CSX Railroad. After receiving this gift, he became very interested in the stock market and learned all he could about how it worked. He soon sold the few shares his parents had given him and also invested more than $1,000 of his own money into companies of his choice. In just a few years time, he had multiplied his investment seven times.

At the age of fifteen and as a freshman in high school, his internet company had grown to sales in excess of $15,000 per day. It was also while he was a freshman when he was asked to become an Advisory Board Member to FutureKids, a Tokyo-based company and Sega of America who at the time, built the Sega Dreamcast Console. He consulted both companies for a number of years. In August, 2000, he was approached by a best-selling Japanese author who asked if he could “ghostwrite” Cameron’s autobiography. He agreed and the book was published several months later, and was an instant best-seller in Japan.

Cameron realized early that while he is very fortunate his businesses have grown quickly, his business-life was something that needed to be kept separate from his social life. In fact, most of his friends never even knew of any of his businesses until he was fifteen, when he was making news headlines worldwide. Cameron attended college at Virginia Tech for a brief period but decided to put his college plans on hold. Today, Cameron is 22-years-old and is very involved with several companies and non-profit organizations. His new book is being published by Simon & Schuster and released on January 9th, 2007. It’s called You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way - And Live the Life You Want - With the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship.

Why work for someone else when you can call your own shots, pursue your dreams, and find success on your terms by starting your own business? So many people end up bored with their jobs, stuck in the corporate grind, never pursuing their true passions.

As wildly successful young entrepreneur Cameron Johnson shows, you dont have to live that way. Weve entered a new age of entrepreneurship, with the Web making it easier than ever to start and run your own company. As Johnsons own remarkable story reveals, the entrepreneurial way of life is a great way to make sure you love what you doand to achieve extraordinary success by following your gut and going for what you really want.

Cameron’s new book, You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way - and Live the Life You Want - With the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship was released by Simon & Schuster on January 9th, 2007. The book was written with John David Mann and the Foreword was written by best-selling author and financial guru, David Bach. Read more on the book’s official website