Forbes released their annual 30 Under 30 lists to kick off the year. Each year the editors choose 600 young people in 20 categories that they feel are doing extraordinary work in the fields. Let’s take a look at the dynamic black millenials chosen above !
Nice, but what exactly is Forbes ’30 Under 30′ ?
The 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 is today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Celebrating their 6th cover, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth. 600 passionate and hardworking people in total are chosen to represent the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.
The list was originally inspired by the rising young entrepreneurs, mostly in the tech business. But now, there are 20 categories with 30 honorees. The categories are Art & Style, Consumer Tech, Education, Energy, Enterprise Tech, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Healthcare, Hollywood & Entertainment, Law & Policy, Manufacturing & Industry, Marketing & Advertising, Media, Music, Retail & E-commerce, Science, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports and Venture Capital. For the first time, you can also sort through our editorial cuts: Immigrants, Celebrities, Youngest, Dorm Room Founders and All-Star Alumni. Our “no repeats” policy insures surfacing new talent every year.
30 Under 30 2017 By The Numbers:
50%+ are founders or cofounders
57% started their business to solve a problem; 27% want their business to change the world
75% live or work on the two coasts: 39% on the West Coast; 36% on the East Coast
1:6 are immigrants from 44 countries
5 most attended universities: Harvard University, MIT, New York University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania
No. 1 dream mentor (by far): Elon Musk. Others most preferred include Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg
Nearly half (49%) describe millennials as Innovators. Other most-used definitions: Idealists (23%); Influencers (18%); Inventors (10%)
Nearly half (48%) describe success as achieving your potential, or liking yourself and what you do (also 48%). Only 4% pursue success for fame and fortune.
35% believe Grit is the most important trait for entrepreneurs; followed by Passion (21%)
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