Class of 2017 (clockwise from top left): Emily Motayed, Tyler Oakley, Candice Galek,
The 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 is the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth. We bring you 30 game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old — 600 in total — who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more. They are passionate and formidable bunch, and for good reason. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.
The list was originally inspired by the rising tide young entrepreneurs, mostly in the tech business, making big waves and earning even bigger bucks and world-wide followings. It’s clear that never before has youth been such an advantage. Millennial founders and funders, brand builders and do-gooders aren’t waiting around for a career bump up the establishment ladder. Their ambitions are way bigger — and perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in.
It’s an inspiring group. This year’s list of 600 is packed with boldfaced names, such as actress Margot Robbie, five time Pro Bowler Von Miller, singer Gallant, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, vegan chef and “Cupcake Wars” winner Chloe Coscarelli, and social media personalities Kylie Jenner and Tyler Oakley. Many others, like Mitchell Hashimoto, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, Lu Zhang and Whitney Wolfe, are superstars in their own realms, and soon to be on your radar.
Twenty-five-year-old Hashimoto’s open source software company, HashiCorp, has raised $34.7 million in venture funding and has a roster of blue-chip customers including eBay, Disney, PayPal, Stripe, and nearly every U.S. bank. Twenty-four-year-old gaming legend Dinh’s Team SoloMid is North America’s top squad in the Tencent-owned game League of Legends, and boasts a YouTube channel garnering over 120 million views. Zhang, 27, is a rare female Silicon Valley VC from China. Her NewGen Capital specializes in early stage tech investments, and has raised $92 million and has made 38 investments so far. Wolfe, 27, helped create two top apps that change the way we date: Tinder and Bumble.
They are in 24-karat company. Previous honorees include billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, Jennifer Lawrence (Hollywood’s highest paid actress), Oculus VR’s Palmer Lucky, Chance the Rapper, Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Morgan, plus-sized model Ashley Graham, Global Citizen cofounder Hugh Evans, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, YouTube phenom Michelle Phan and theSkimm’s Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. The 30 Under 30 community is now some 4,000 strong the world over, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia.
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