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- The little girl, Susie, in a 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.
- Commercials for Haribo gummy bears feature three small children as the leaders of the company.
Anime and Manga
- Might Senpuuji of The Brave Express Might Gaine took charge of his family's international transportation empire, The Senpuuji Concern at age 12, with him being 15 when the series starts.
- Imonoyama Nokoru from CLAMP School Detectives, the son of the Imonoyama zaibatsu, is the student council president of the elementary school brunch of a very elite school in which the student council acts almost like the directors of the school. And he also was said to be the head of physics department in his family business.
- 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 series' central Children's Card Game.
- Sort of averted in the first series anime, where the iconic "wrest control of Kaiba Corp from Gozaburo" scene takes place not during a flashback, but in the present day, where Kaiba is presumably older and of proper age to run the company.
- Sort of averted in all the incarnations really since it's stated that Kaiba won Kaiba Corp 6 years after his adoption at age 10 (or 12 for dub viewers). On screen or off screen, he was around 16 (or 18) when he became the CEO. Still young, but not as bad.
- Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler is the head of a massive toy and candy company and only 12 years old. He inherited them after the deaths of his aristocratic parents. Being set in Victorian Britain this set-up is more plausible than most.
- In Megaman NT Warrior, 12-year-old Enzan Ijuuin is the vice-president of the IPC hardware company.
- Rental Magica has both Astral and Goetia assigned very youngs 'heirs by blood' — and in the case of Astral, a magically inept boy who had to learn on the fly — as acting presidents after the disappearance of their old bosses. Justified, as in both cases the alternatives were either worse or unavailable.
- Watta Takeo from the old Super Robot series Trider G7.
- Natsu Tanimoto (aka Hermit) in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple was one when he was younger, due to his adopted father dying and leaving him with control of the company. In a rather cruel but realistic twist, the company's managers and lawyers immediately conspired together to trick the young Tanimoto into signing over control of the company and its assets to them. It's implied that this stopped soon after Tanimoto was taken in by "The Great Sage Fist", as he's still fairly wealthy at the time of the series.
- Masako Natsume in Mawaru-Penguindrum, who turns out to be the same age as the protagonists.
- Richie Rich, possibly. In the film version, at least, he has substantial power within his parents' company.
- The villains of X-Men: Schism are a quartet of obscenely rich kids around 12 years old, the leader of whom takes over for his late father as CEO of the company that manufactures Sentinels.
- Averted with Batman, who as eight-year-old orphan Bruce Wayne becomes a ward - either of Alfred or family friend Dr. Leslie Tompkins, depending on the era - while the Wayne Corporation falls under control of its board. Some stories have it with Bruce dealing with inter-company corruption when he becomes old enough to gain controlling status.
Films — Animated
- 101 Dalmatians: It's a kid who has the final say on the approval (or rejection) of the game Roger tried to pitch to the company.
Films — Live-Action
- Little Big League: Preteen boy becomes owner of the Minnesota Twins.
- The Kid From Left Field: Preteen baseball manager.
- As mentioned earlier, Richie Rich.
- The Brainiacs Dot Com: Two kids (using investors' money) bought controlling interest of a toy manufacturing company. Trouble arises when the authorities made inquiries about the microchip the kids told their investors the money would be used to develop.
- Ender, from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, is a very young fleet commander. Justified, as he was specifically chosen by the government before he was even bornnote , then educated in a system of schools whose very purpose is turning out little admirals and generals, and finally commanded his great campaign under the impression that it was all a simulation.
- Played for Laughs in Bill the Galactic Hero, where the admiral of the fleet Bill is in is an inbred toddler. The nannies interpret his baby talk as orders. No wonder The Empire is doing so badly.
- There are several in the Grantville Gazette short stories of the 1632 novels, though the most notable (The Higgins Sewing Machine Company) hired some adults to handle the high level business decisions once they actually had a product that was ready for sale. Other businesses started by school children in Grantville included the sale of pipes, mushrooms, and cheese (the kids who ran the latter industry ended up becoming their parent's landlord).
Live Action TV
- Angel: Mesektet looks very young indeed to be controlling a law-firm, although she is actually an Avatar of the "Partners".
- Dinosaurs: when Earl becomes a TV Network Executive, one show he greenlights is "Baby Cuddlebunny, M.D." It's supposed to be "Dr. Kirk Marcus, M.D." but Earl decides to make a baby the star.
- A Bit Character from an early NCIS episode was shown having his own roving nightclub. When a victim is found dead during a party, the team tracks down the owner...to his high school. During the conversation, he lists a bunch of business practices he uses to stay profitable, including subcontracting out the technical work to avoid paying health insurance by himself and having automatic drink dispensers to keep costs predictable. Tony figures that after expenses, the kid clears over $10,000 a night. When they ask about the bouncer on duty that night (the real reason they're there), he whips out a smartphone and Boom! Home number, cell number, business number, and email, just like that.
- The eponymous character of True Jackson, VP, a 15-year-old who is the Vice President of youth apparel at a fashion company.
- In the Korean Drama High School King of Savvy, the main character has to impersonate his older brother, a high-ranking corporate executive 9 years his senior who looks exactly like him, while also attending high school.
- Saturday Night Live takes this to a ridiculous extreme with "Baby CEO", who has the voice, face, and apparent mental capacity of a grown man, but the body and mannerisms of an infant.
- Suzette Grady of Precocious expanded 'Blame Jacob' (a merchandise slogan based on blaming one of her classmates for all the world's ills) into a multinational corporation, including shady ties in the People's Republic of China for manufacturing. She does at least mention the multiple levels of corruption, bribery, and other shady tactics that she needs in order to keep control.
- For a while, Fiona Fennec of Kevin & Kell 'had custody' of her parents — while they were divorcing, for various plot reasons Fiona was the one with the actual wealth.
- Ayla from the Whateley Universe. Only in his teens, and he already owns Marvel. Helps that he was being groomed by parents who ran a corporation. He still suffers from the Trust issue. Also, he independently PURCHASED Marvel.
- The Simpsons:
- A show seen on TV is "Admiral Baby", about a baby in command of the Sixth Fleet.
- Another show they watch is "Supreme Courtney," about a Tween girl on the Supreme Court. (Amazingly, there is no law against a child serving on the Supreme Court. The ONLY requirement to get onto the Supreme Court is that you must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.)
- Long before that, Bart purchased an abandoned, dilapidated factory for one dollar, and "hires" Milhouse. It doesn't last, though, as the building crumbles and collapses. Bart invokes this trope, although it's mostly just an excuse to play and to feel important.
- The Jetsons: The CEO of Contempo Computers.
- DuckTales has Huey, Dewey, and Louie become the head of Scrooge's company after an accident happened to Scrooge. Deconstruction as the boys' new ideas take a financial strain on the company, but later lampshaded it to the company board and everything goes back to normal.
- In an episode of Futurama, Dwight and Cubert start a paper route to get spending money, which quickly grows big enough for them to buy out Planet Express. Unfortunately, it turns out they're not very good at running a company...
- In the first season of Pound Puppies (1980s), Holly is the owner of the pound.
- Gravity Falls: United States President Quentin Trembley appointed babies to all of the chairs of the Supreme Court. Then again, he was completely demented...
- 14-year-old Sindhuja Rajaraman is the CEO of Seppan Company, an animation firm in Chennai, India.
- Now that she's 19, though, this is no longer the case.
- A legally emancipated minor is eligible to operate a business or practice an occupation, independently from a parent's or guardian's influence.