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Rise and rise of Stripe and Collison brothers: From BT Young Scientist of the year to California millionaires in their teens

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Humble beginnings: Stripe co-founders, John and Patrick Collison have retained a strong sense of their Irish identity. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Humble beginnings: Stripe co-founders, John and Patrick Collison have retained a strong sense of their Irish identity. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Humble beginnings: Stripe co-founders, John and Patrick Collison have retained a strong sense of their Irish identity. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With their online payments processing company Stripe now valued at close to $100bn (€84bn), Patrick and John Collison have become beacons for a new generation of young Irish entrepreneurs.

When Patrick Collison won the BT Young Scientist competition in 2005 at the age of 16, it was the beginning of a trajectory that would, within the space of 15 years, catapult the two brothers to the higher echelons of the global tech scene.


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