Forbes 30 Under 30 list has just been released and it’s a multicultural dream!
Getting on this list is no easy task– Over 15,000 individuals are considered for only 600 spots, under 4% of nominees get a spot, making it harder than getting into Stanford or Harvard! 30 people are chosen for each of the following categories:
- Art & Style
- Consumer Tech
- Enterprise Tech
- Food & Drink
- Hollywood & Entertainment
- Law & Policy
- Manufacturing & Industry
- Marketing & Advertising
- Retail & E-commerce
- Social Entrepreneurs
- Venture Capital
Every category has a set of judges who are experts in the field. We found diversity (gender, ethnic, racial, age) in the choices for judges as well: Michelle Phan, Christian Siriano, Marcus Samuelsson, for example.
Forbes 30 under 30 list highlights the immigrant background of the “Class of 2017” – one in seven of those named are immigrants hailing from all over the world, the majority of them coming from Asia (48 of those honored), followed by Europe (41), The Americas (23) and Africa (9). They come from 44 countries in the world.
Here are some of our favorites in no particular order:
Alaa Murabit, 27, U.N. High Commissioner
A prodigy starting medical school at age 15, Alaa is the youngest high commissioner at the United Nations where she researches health security issues.
Amir Hosseini, 29, Curry Up Now
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Amir started with a food truck serving Indian food and today has a fleet of food trucks and four restaurants serving favorites like tikka masala burritos, can you see why we love him?
Annie Ryu, 27, Founder, The Jackfruit Company
— The Jackfruit Co. (@TheJackfruitCo) January 4, 2017
If you’re wondering what jackfruit is, you’re not alone. This little known plant can be a replacement for meat, and that is what Annie wants to do, reducing the carbon footprint and helping farmers in India along the way.
Jonathan Rodriguez, 27, Snapchat Spectacle Architect
Jonathan Rodriguez is the person who thought of the Snapchat spectacles. He thought of it for his college honors thesis.
Melissa Villaseñor, 29, Comedian
Melissa is a Hispanic-American actress and comedian. Last September she made history as the first Latina cast member on Saturday Night Live.
Mendel Grinter, 25, Founder, Campaign for School Equity
Miguel Garza, 29, Co-founder Siete Family Foods
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Miguel Garza’s company, Siete Family Foods, was born out of necessity: his sister developed an autoimmune disease that forced the family to look for alternatives to flour tortillas. She started making alternatives from coconut, almond and other flours and the rest is history. Garza says he sees his company as the “healthy Mexican food company.” Today the company boasts over $1 million in revenue a year.
Odell Beckham Jr., 24, Receiver for the New York Giants
Peche Di, 27, Model and Founder of Trans Models
Peche is a transgender model who founded Teadate, a transgender dating app with over 19,000 followers.
Simon Biles, 19, US Gymnast and Gold Medal Winner
Biles is an American artistic gymnast but not like any other. She is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Simone has nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, making her the most decorated American gymnast.
Svante Myrick, 29, Mayor of Ithaca, NY
Svante Myrick is Ithaca’s first African-American mayor and the city’s youngest mayor as well.
Vivek Kopparthi, 27, Cofounder NeoLight
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Vivek developed a portable machine that can be used to treat jaundice in newborns – at home.
Eliana Murillo, 28, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Google
Eliana leads the multicultural marketing team at Google and is responsible for important features like adding Spanish on Google for presidential elections.
Lele Pons, 20, Digital Star
Lele Pons discovered fame on the now-defunct Vine. Now the Venezuelan beauty boasts 2.5 million Youtube followers and over 10 million followers on Instagram.
Who did we forget? Who are your Forbes 30 Under 30 favorites? Let us know in the comment!