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.
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