Forbes Magazine on 5 January 2015 released its fourth annual The 30 Under 30 List in New York, US. The list features 600 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs from 20 industries who are transforming the world.
The list has been prepared by a panel of expert judges in their respective fields. Some of the judges include Steve Ballmer in Sports, Daniel Ek in Technology, Sara Blakely and Tommy Hilfiger in Retail & E-commerce.
As per the 30 Under 30 list of 2015, around 16 percent of the 600 young disruptors are either dropped out or never attended college, 19 percent are immigrants and 83 percent have a middle-class or low-income background.
Further, the average age of young innovators on the 30 Under 30 List who knew exactly what they wanted to be is 14 years.
Some of the names on the 30 Under 30 List
- Palmer Luckey: 22-year-old, founder of Oculus VR, who at 21, sold his company to Facebook for 2 billion US dollars, netting himself over 500 million US dollars in the process.
- Blake Lively: 27-year old actress and entrepreneur
- James Harden: NBA All-Star at the age of 25
- Michelle Phan: 27-year old Digital entrepreneur
- Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin: 28-year old co-founders of TheSkimm
- Ryan Israel: 29-year old Pershing Square Capital Management Partner
- Emily Weiss: 29-year old Glossier founder
- Sam Altman: 29-year old Y Combinator President
- Austin McChord: 29-year old founder of Datto
- Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre: 29-year old co-founders of Ecovative cofounders
- Emma Watson: Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador
Indians on the 30 Under 30 List
44 Indians and people of Indian-origin, including technology wizards, inventors and policymakers, have been named in the list. Some of them include:
- Ishveen Anand: 29-year-old founder of OpenSponsorship, which is the first online platform to facilitate sponsorship agreements by connecting brands with pro-sports rights holders like leagues and teams. The group currently includes Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni and F1 team Force India.
- Vijay Chudasama: 28-year old who is working in one of the hottest areas for new biotechnology drugs of combining antibodies with other medicines.
- Vinith Misra: 27-year old who is working on the Chef Watson machine, which applies artificial intelligence to create new recipes.
- Vivek Ravisankar: 27-year old co-founder of HackerRank, a service company that can use coding challenges to find new engineering talent.
- Deepika Kurup: 16-year old who invented an inexpensive method of purifying water that utilises sunlight and a photo-catalytic composite of titanium dioxide and silver nitrate.
- Nitesh Banta: 28-year old cofounder of Rough Draft Ventures that helps student entrepreneurs receive up to 25000 US dollars to start a company.
- Ankur Jain: 24-year old co-founder of Humin', an app that organises contacts, social networks and calendars into a neat, searchable interface
- Avinash Gandhi: 26-year old who is making waves in Hollywood as an agent for talent agency William Morris Endeavour
- Partha Unnava: 22-year old CEO of Better Walk which develop a better set of crutches that do not hurt people's armpits.
- Aman Advani: 26-year old co-founder of Ministry of Supply, a men's fashion company that has developed shirts that use NASA-developed technology to manage heat and moisture.
- Nikhil Agarwal: 28-year- old, Assistant professor at MIT
- Vikrum Aiyer: Deputy Chief of Staff for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
- Niraj Antani: 23-year old Ohio state representative
- Rahul Rekhi: 23-year-old, who is currently working to develop an UN-level treaty on antibiotic resistance policy.