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October 2, 2017

Forbes 30 Under 30: 30 successful past inclusions from Forbes’ up-and-comer list

By Luke Christou

The entrepreneurial world descends on Boston this week for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, as the influencer world welcomes the 30 Under 30 class of 2017 into their ranks.

Forbes 30 Under 30 is an annual list composed and released by finance and industry publication Forbes. A panel of experienced judges are brought together to select 30 of the most influential up-and-comers in 20 different industries.

The result? A list of 600 influencers under the age of 30 that are expected to dominate their fields in the future.

This year’s list includes popular YouTuber and LGBT activist Tyler Oakley, HashiCorp founder Mitchell Hashimoto, who includes PayPal, Disney and eBay among his clients, as well as Periscope co-founders Joseph Bernstein and Kayvon Beykpour.

Forbes 30 Under 30 - Verdict

Tyler Oakley

There rising stars have been selected as the industry leaders of the future, but how likely are they to succeed?

Forbes has been compiling this list since 2011. So far, their guesses have been fairly accurate. In fact, many Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni have gone on to place on Forbes 400, the publication’s flagship list of the world’s richest people.

With categories such as sport, tech, music and retail, Forbes 30 Under 30 has included a range of successful individuals in the past. Here are some of the biggest that each year has produced:

Class of 2016

John Boyega Industry: Hollywood & Entertainment Role: Actor, Star Wars

Stephen Curry Industry: Sport Role: Basketball player, Golden State Warriors

Ashley Graham Industry: Art & Style Role: Model

Nate Mitchell Industry: Games Role: Co-founder, Oculus Virtual Reality

Malala Yousafzai Industry: Social Role: Women’s rights activist, Nobel Prize laureate

Class of 2015

Felix Kjellberg Industry: Games Role: YouTube personality, PewDiePie

Mike Krieger Industry: Consumer Technology Role: Co-founder, Instagram

Sam Altman Industry: Venture Capital Role: President, Y Combinator

Alan Schaaf Industry: Consumer Technology Role: Founder, Imgur

Chancellor Bennett Industry: Music Role: Rapper, Chance the Rapper

Class of 2014

Evan Spiegel Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Snapchat

Bobby Murphy Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Snapchat

Palmer Luckey Industry: Games & Apps Role: Co-founder, Oculus Virtual Reality

Eric Migicovsky Industry: Technology Role: Founder, Pebble

Caterina Fake Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Flickr

Class of 2013

Robyn Rihanna Fenty Industry: Music Role: Singer, Rihanna

Mark Terebin Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Ask.fm

Donald Glover Industry: Entertainment Role: Rapper, Childish Gambino/Actor, The Martian, Spider-Man: Homecoming

David Karp Industry: Media Role: Founder, Tumblr

Matt Mullenweg Industry: Social & Mobile Role: Founder, Automattic (WordPress)

Class of 2012

Kevin Systrom Industry: Social & Mobile Role: Co-founder, Instagram

Alexander Wang Industry: Art & Style Role: Designer, Alexander Wang

Ben Silbermann Industry: Social & Mobile Role: Co-founder, Pinterest

Evan Sharp Industry: Social & Mobile Role: Co-founder, Pinterest

Ariana Grande Industry: Entertainment Role: Actress, iCarly/Singer, Ariana Grande

Class of 2011

Mark Zuckerberg Industry: Role: Co-founder, Facebook

Jennifer Lawrence Industry: Entertainment Role: Actress, The Hunger Games

Justin Bieber Industry: Music Role: Singer, Justin Bieber

Daniel Ek Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Spotify

Drew Houston Industry: Technology Role: Co-founder, Dropbox

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