📺 Stream EntrepreneurTV for Free 📺

This Is Why Compound Interest Is More Valuable Than Ever Before New scientific breakthroughs mean it's time to take a second look at "the eighth wonder of the world."

By Kieran Lewis Edited by Amanda Breen

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

The wealthy have always been the ones to enjoy the lion's share of compound interest, which is why they often grow their wealth exponentially. But there's no reason it has to stay that way.

With new scientific breakthroughs that mean we'll live a lot longer, anyone now has the chance to get rich albeit, slowly using compound interest.

First, let's have a quick refresher on compound interest and see why Einstein called it the eighth wonder of the world.

Related: If You Want to Get Rich, Trust in the Power of Compound Interest

Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world

To get rich with compound interest, you just need to invest your money in stocks or assets that have high yields year after year.

The average annual return on stocks is around 10%.

The basic math of compound interest goes like this: If someone who is 18 begins investing just $100 each month and sees that average 10% annual yield, by the time he or she is 65, that person will be a millionaire.

After depositing a total of $56,400 over that period of time, he or she will eventually be sitting on a nest egg of over $1.3 million. If the hypothetical 18-year-old invested $200 each month in that same period, he or she would be sitting on around $2.7 million. Add some extra time to that let's say another five years and that figure climbs to almost $4.5 million.

Such is the power of compound interest.

With newer asset classes like cryptocurrencies, it's possible to significantly eclipse that 10% annual yield, meaning you could hit these numbers much faster. But even small bumps can make a big difference. Continuing on from the last example, if the18-year-old had achieved a 15% return, he or she would be sitting on almost $40 million!

Related: What Steps Can the Average Person Take to Save Money?

The exact thing that makes compound interest work is also the reason many of us never put it to work in the first place: time. If you're in your late 20s or 30s or beyond, waiting 45 years to get rich doesn't sound so appealing.

Longer life expectancies make compound interest even more important

But I have good news. Things are changing; scientists are making breakthroughs in the field of longevity and aging more quickly than ever before.

Originally published in 2007, Aubrey de Grey's book Ending Aging was perhaps the first to present a unified hypothesis of the seven different forms of damage that accumulate in our body year after year. Back then, the concept of "aging as a disease" was considered borderline quackery.

Today, it's not only a field rife with innovation, but it's also mainstream, with de Grey and other leading scientists like David Sinclair, author of hit bestseller Lifespan and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, spreading their ideas on major platforms.

One notable concept popularized by de Grey is "longevity escape velocity." The basic idea is that we'll soon reach a point where science buys us more time than the time which has just passed. In any given year where longevity escape velocity is maintained, technological advances would increase life expectancy more than the year which just passed.

Earlier this year, de Grey tweeted that he believes there's a 50% chance we'll reach longevity escape velocity by 2036, after which point, those who regularly receive the latest rejuvenation strategies can expect a very long life indeed. The rate at which we're making breakthroughs in this area means it's time to take a second look at the rather boring, slow and steady way of building wealth that is the magic of compound interest.

The moral of the story?

Start planning now to get rich slowly.

Time will soon be on your side.

Related: Having a Good Credit Score Is Critical for Retirement

Kieran Lewis

Entrepreneur Leadership Network® Contributor

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Kieran Lewis is a British serial entrepreneur, direct response marketer, and angel investor. As an angel investor (both directly and via angel syndicates he participates in) he has invested in companies like Molekule Air, Camden Town Brewery, Tradesy, Chai Bio and many more.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Side Hustle

These Coworkers-Turned-Friends Started a Side Hustle on Amazon — Now It's a 'Full Hustle' Earning Over $20 Million a Year: 'Jump in With Both Feet'

Achal Patel and Russell Gong met at a large consulting firm and "bonded over a shared vision to create a mission-led company."

Business News

Samsung's New Ad Pokes Fun at Apple's Controversial 'Crush' Ad

Creative universes overlap in a new ad from Samsung.

Business News

Dell Is Labeling Hybrid Employees With 'Red Flags' Based on How Often They're in the Office

Dell will consider the frequency of employee badge swipes when it determines how hybrid employees are reviewed, rewarded, and compensated.


Want to Be More Productive? Here's How Google Executives Structure Their Schedules

These five tactics from inside Google will help you focus and protect your time.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.