Net worth: $100 Million
(In)famous for: His aggresivity and surprising Facebook stock success.
Largest sum paid for his work: $200 million for his mural at the Facebook offices
David Choe, the youngest artist on the roster, is a respected street artist that is widely known for his daring attitude towards life. He dropped out of high school, proceeded to drop out of art school, and continues lead a bohemian lifestyle that certainly influences his work. He never stopped, however, making art. Even after being arrested in Japan for punching a security guard, he made erotic paintings with his only resources in jail: soy sauce, tea, blood, feces, and urine. It goes without saying that Choe has never been one to play by the rules. In fact, his presence on this list proves that you don't need to be a boring, old white guy to be financially and creatively succesful.
Despite his unpredictable nature, Choe was patient when it came to becoming recognized for his work. In 2005, Sean Parker (from Napster and Facebook) commissioned Choe to paint the interiors of the first Facebook office. Despite that he did not think Facebook would go very far, Choe decided to take a chance and receive company stock instead of being paid upfront for his murals. In turn, Mr. Choe made around $200 million when Facebook went public. We're not telling you guys to gamble, but you can definitely learn from Choe's willingness to take risks outside of his artistic decisions. If you love what you do, success will follow.