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Billionaire young woman says ‘yes’ to $30 ring proposal before announcing plans for wealth
I love everything about this young couple. They've already had a remarkable impact on the world and it's only growing stronger. πŸ’—
Sheehan Diapues
05.05.23

When people are asked what they would do if they become rich, most give out different answers but only a few may include giving the money away.

But that’s what this brilliant couple is planning to do with their earnings.

They’re a young pair of billionaires.

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Meet Australia’s youngest billionaire and Canva CEO Melanie Perkins and her fiancΓ©/co-founder of the company, Cliff Obrecht.

They started with just an idea.

But with passion and dedication, they made a great impact in the digital world. Now, they’re conquering the world of design platforms.

Perkins has always been ambitious. Her goal was to take an entire graphic design ecosystem and put them into one page that is available to the world.

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But Canva had a long way to go.

The graphic design business was untouched by companies for a long time. It was ruled by giants like Adobe.

Melanie’s vision was to take this market and change it, and she did.

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The idea was put into motion back in 2006 when the couple was still studying at a university in Perth.

Melanie spent her free time teaching design programs to other students. But she thought the process was too complex for some to understand.

Then she thought of a future where graphic designing went online as a fully user-friendly platform. The seeds of Canva were sewn in her mind.

Their first office was her mother’s living room.

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The couple started creating a design tool.

It was geared to help students to create their own yearbook design.

From there, they could collaborate and make their own profiles and designs for the yearbook, which the couple would then print and deliver to the students.

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The business has been a booming success ever since.

But they never lost sight of their ultimate goal. And then Canva was born in 2014.

The rest is history.

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Canva only grew during lockdowns. This phenomenon rocketed their stocks and doubled their wealth within months.

Recently, the company expanded operations to Manila and Beijing.

With a $6 billion valuation.

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Given their hard work and the years they invested in the platform, the couple has all the rights to a lavish and luxurious life.

Perkins often shares photos on social media of her trips around the world, together with Obrecht.

Even with all that money, Obrecht kept his proposal to his longtime girlfriend and business partner as humble as he could.

Hiking along a remote, dusty trail in the ravenously beautiful countryside of Turkey, Obrecht finally made his move.

He proposed to Perkins with a $30 ring.

He said despite what they achieved, they still live a relatively simple life.

Obrecht also shared that they are planning to donate billions of their wealth to charities to create a more positive impact on communities around the globe.

During an interview with the press, Obrecht mentioned that they are committed to giving away money to make the world a better place.

He further explained that it’s their obligation to use the earnings as a force for good.

One of the foundations they are planning to donate to is one that’s focused on the global health system.

Currently, Canva has over 4 million users in over 190 countries.

Learn more about Melanie Perkins and how Canva was formed in the interview below!

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By Sheehan Diapues
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Sheehan Diapues is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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