NEW YORK — Forbes magazine has released its sixth annual “30 Under 30” list (p. 68 of the January 24, 2017 Forbes magazine issue), featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation. The list includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories that make up the list. All under 30 years old, the honorees were vetted by a panel of judges in their respective fields.
“Over six years, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has emerged as the way that the world discovers the next generation of entrepreneurs and game-changers. These are the people that will run every field for the next 50 years,” says Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes Magazine.
Featured call-outs on the “30 Under 30” list include newly appointed White House director of strategic communications, Hope Hicks (28); musicianGallant (24); athlete Von Miller (27); YouTube star Tyler Oakley (27);and entrepreneurs Noah Kraft (29); Andy “Reginald” Dinh (24); Mitchell Hashimoto (27); Daniel Houghton (28); James Heller (29); Michael Martin (29); Sean Petterson (26); Emily Motayed (28); Matthew Humphrey (29); Jeremy Fiance (25); Alice Zhang (28); Teju Ravilochan (29); Lu Zhang (28); Miguel Garza (29); David Freed (28); and Candice Galek (29). This year, one in every six of 30 under 30 list members are immigrants, originating from 44 different countries and exemplifying the success of immigrants as well as the thriving American dream. 36% of these list members live and work on the East Coast and 39% on the West Coast.
Over 15,000 online submissions were received and only 600 made the cut, making it a 4% acceptance rate. Forbes collaborated with expert judges in each category, including James Harden and Phil Knight in Sports, Michelle Phan and Christian Siriano in Art & Style, Jennifer Hyman and Tyler Haney in Retail & E-commerce, Alfred Lin in Venture Capital, Pete Cashmore and Shane Smith in Media, Jason Derulo and Halsey in Music, Alex Guarnaschelli and Lee Schrager in Food & Drink, Jean Case in Social Entrepreneurs, to create a unique list of 600 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs who are transforming business, technology, finance, media, culture and more.