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Forbes Releases 2019 Edition of the 30 Under 30 List

Eighth Annual List Highlights 600 Young Revolutionaries and Risk-Takers Who Are Changing the World


NEW YORK – Nov. 13, 2018 – Forbes today released the eighth annual “30 Under 30list, featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers who are putting a new twist on what it means to be a leader for the next generation. The Forbes class of 2019 30 Under 30 list, includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories.

“After nearly a decade, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. “Our honorees have already begun implementing fundamental change in their respective industries, and they’ve only just begun."

The 2019 list features a diverse and unique panel of honorees, with more than nineteen percent identifying as immigrants and more than thirty-eight percent identifying as first-generation citizens. Thirty-four percent of these list members live and work on the East Coast and thirty-three percent on the West Coast. More than fifth-five percent of the list are founders or cofounders and the group has collectively raised well over $1 billion in funding.

Each of the 20 categories has a featured call-out. The call-outs on the 2019 “30 Under 30” list include:

Art & Style: Sarah Staudinger, Fashion Designer, STAUD; Consumer Technology: Daria Rebenok, Cofounder, Grabr; Education: Rebecca Kantar, Founder, Imbellus; Energy: Raj Mistry, Cofounder, Lynx Resource Partners; Enterprise Technology: Gregory Rockson, Cofounder & CEO, mPharma; Finance: Nader Al-Naji, CEO, Intangible Labs; Food & Drink: Maya French, Cofounder, Koia; Games: Delane Parnell, Founder, PlayVS; Healthcare: Trevor Martin, Cofounder, Mammoth Biosciences; Hollywood & Entertainment: Liza Koshy, comedian and actress; Law & Policy: Nicholas Cortes, Cofounder, Atrium; Manufacturing & Industry: Alex Rodrigues, Cofounder, Embark; Marketing & Advertising: Nadia Masri, Founder, Perksy; Media: Brandon Deyo, Cofounder, Mars Reel; Music: Russ, singer & songwriter; Retail & Ecommerce: Kory Stevens, Cofounder, Taft; Science: Devaki Raj, Cofounder, CrowdAI; Social Entrepreneurs: Ryan Pandya, Cofounder, Perfect Day; Sports, Blake Griffin, Power Forward for the Detroit Clippers, National Basketball Association; and Venture Capital: Adina Tecklu, Co-Head, Canaan Beta.

All under 30 years old, the honorees were vetted during an extensive three-layer process that leveraged the knowledge and authority of Forbes’ wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges.  Over the past eight years, Forbes has grown a 30 Under 30 alumni network of more than 5,000 individuals throughout the world. The names within this network exemplify Forbes’ longstanding reputation of spotlighting up-and-coming revolutionaries and trailblazers who are positioned to implement real change across a variety of industries.

More than 15,000 online submissions were received for only 600 slots, making it a 4 percent acceptance rate. Forbes collaborated with expert judges in each category, including Musa Tariq in Marketing, Jeanie Buss and Martellus Bennett in Sports, Tory Burch in Art & Style, Anil Agarwal in Retail & E-commerce, Andy Fang in Consumer Tech, Liz Claman and Jon Steinbergin Media, Allison Schroeder and Fowler Jermaine in Hollywood & Entertainment, Marshmello in Music, Nic Jammet and Lee Schrager in Food & Drink, Jean Case in Social Entrepreneurs, Austin McChord in Enterprise Technology, David Axelrod in Law & Policy and Brian Sheth in Finance to create a distinctive list of 600 youthful visionaries and disruptors, all of whom represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Forbes Under 30 franchise.

For the complete list, feature stories and exclusive videos, visit: www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2019/.


  • Marshmello – World renowned DJ / producer Marshmello served as the music headliner during the recent Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, coming off of several major hits this summer, including his smash single "FRIENDS" with Anne-Marie, which peaked at #2 on the Pop radio charts and went certified platinum in the US and UK. Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone, cementing him as the platform's #4 Most Streamed Artist in the World with over 40 million monthly listeners.
  • Blake Griffin - The Los Angeles Clippers shockingly traded Griffin to the Pistons in January, seven months after signing him to a five-year, $171 million contract extension and dubbing him a "Clipper for life." The former number one overall pick is still a marketable star with endorsements with Nike's Jordan Brand, Red Bull, IWC and Panini. Griffin launched a production company in late 2016 with NFL center Ryan Kalil. They are looking to produce a new version of the iconic basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump." Griffin has averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds a game for his career while making five All-Star teams.

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Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global platform, which comprises Forbes Under 30 lists featuring young game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Israel; and an Under 30 channel on Forbes.com.

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