Created By: KingZealAugust 18, 2011 Last Edited By: KingZealAugust 26, 2011
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Grade School CEO

The owner, chairman, or other executive officer of a major company is absurdly young.

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A very simple trope. One of the top officers of the Mega Corp happens to be far younger than should be permissible. Examples should be earlier than twelfth grade. Just young enough that it seems implausible.

Subtrope of: Improbable Age.

Related to: A Child Shall Lead Them, where the kid is the ruler of a country. (The two may overlap if the company is an NGO Superpower.)

Examples:

Advertising
  • The little girl, Susie, in this Verizon commercial. She uses her father's cell phone to turn her lemonade stand into a thriving corporate business.
  • The baby from the E*Trade commercials who acts as a hyper-competent stock guru.
  • This seems pretty popular in advertising. In the UK, a series of TV ads for Velvet toilet paper have featured a computer-animated baby as managing director of a company producing that product, lecturing the adult staff on its qualities. The effect is a bit weird.

Anime and Manga
  • Seto Kaiba in Yu Gi Oh. He won Kaiba Corp from his step-dad when he was a child, and turned it from a weapons-manufacturer to the major provider of the game's central Children's Card Game.
  • Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji is the head of a massive toy and candy company.
  • In Megaman NT Warrior, 12-year-old Enzan Ijuuin is the president of the IPC hardware company.

Comics
  • Richie Rich, possibly. In the film version, at least, he has substantial power within his parents' company.

Film

Literature
  • Ender, from Orson Scott Card's EndersGame, is a very young fleet commander.

Western Animation

Videogame
  • "The Admiral" from Borderlands fits this trope, being only 5 years old.
    General Knoxx: "Damn neopotism."
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 18, 2011
    CAD
    Don't we have a "Young queen" trope somewhere to lump this with? I could have sworn I saw one.
  • August 18, 2011
    peccantis
    OP, plese elaborate your examples. How young are they and what do they do for the "CEO" part? Is their status ever explained, e.g. "parents died", "has trustee", "is a genius who finished mandatory schooling by the age of 13" etc?
  • August 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • August 18, 2011
    KingZeal
    ^^ Any of the above. Basically, a kid who has some sort of clout within a major corporate entity.
  • August 18, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji is the head of a massive toy and candy company.
  • August 18, 2011
    Synchronicity
    Compare Improbable Age.
  • August 18, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • The little girl, Susie, in this Verizon commercial. She uses her father's cell phone to turn her lemonade stand into a thriving corporate business.

    ^^ That's not what peccantis meant. They meant going back and elaborating on the individual examples, so that you don't end up with X Just X.
  • August 18, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ Hell, maybe even a subtrope
  • August 18, 2011
    peccantis
    ^it is.
  • August 19, 2011
    nitrokitty
    • "The Admiral" from Borderlands fits this trope, being only 5 years old.
      General Knoxx: "Damn neopotism."
  • August 19, 2011
    Boston
    Would this include the baby from the E*Trade commercials? (Perhaps at the far end of the spectrum.)
  • August 19, 2011
    TooBah
    • One episode of The Monkees ("Captain Crocodile") had the boys trying to play on a kids' show--the producer of which is a ~10-year-old kid. His dad owns the studio.
  • August 19, 2011
    captainbrass2
    This seems pretty popular in advertising. In the UK, a series of TV ads for Velvet toilet paper have featured a computer-animated baby as managing director of a company producing that product, lecturing the adult staff on its qualities. The effect is a bit weird.
  • August 19, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    Related to Young And In Charge.
  • August 19, 2011
    jaytee
    I don't think Richie Rich is an example, is he? I thought he just had rich parents?
  • August 19, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^I know in the movie, for a short time while his parents were missing, he was the head of his parents' company.
  • August 20, 2011
    SKJAM
    The Richie Rich comic books were a bit vague about Richie's status; I don't think they ever gave him an official rank within the companies, but it's shown repeatedly that he can order any employee of a Rich-owned company to do anything, and they'll comply. Good thing Richie's a Benevolent Boss.
  • August 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: a show seen on TV is "Admiral Baby," about a baby in command of the Sixth Fleet.
  • August 25, 2011
    spikebrennan
    Literature: Ender, from Orson Scott Card's {Enders Game}, is a very young fleet commander.
  • August 25, 2011
    KingZeal
    Question: Don't we have a trope for kid military leaders? And if not, would they fit int his trope?

    I've added them for now, but honestly, that wasn't the intention I was going for.
  • August 25, 2011
    acrobox
    Pokemon Trainer White is head of her own company in the Pokemon Adventures manga. No official age given yet, but she's probably 16 at the oldest.
  • August 26, 2011
    KingZeal
    Launching tomorrow if there are no objections.

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