How This 17 Years Old Launched 2 Businesses and Made $1.2 million in a Year

Sukone Hong
Sukone Hong

Sukone Hong is a South Korean fashion brand CEO. The 17 years old entrepreneur isn’t stopping here, but after making $1 million in sales this year. However, Hong’s fortune doesn’t only rely on one business alone, but rather, it’s two businesses with different niches.

First, Hong created the South Korean brand which made $1 million in sales in 2021 and has even gained the attention of Hard University. Then, he also founded a company that makes smartwatches for the visually impaired.

 “It was hard for me to get engaged with school. I kind of got bullied. I had to find something that could change my life,” Hong told CNBC Make It.

The 17 years old entrepreneur started his career four years when he was in his eighth grade. This journey started after Hong struggled with bullying in his school in Seoul. Instead of trying to fit in, Hong has founded the branded clothes. Consequently, he started selling on the South Korean search engine giant Never.

What makes the story more exciting is that Hong had only $150 in his pocket by the time of the launch. In his first weeks, Hong sold 300 shirts.