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Meet the 600 Innovators “Revolutionising the World” in 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 List



The 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 list is an inspiring group of today’s leading young changemakers and innovators in the U.S.

The annual list which is 6 years old, profiles 30 game-changers in 20 industries, all below 30 years old.

The previous lists used to be made up of mostly up-and-coming financiers, Silicon Valley start-up moguls, and heirs to massive fortunes; but that is no longer the case.

The categories for this year 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.

According to FORBES, the list “offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.” The honourees, it said, “are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more. They are passionate and formidable bunch, and for good reason. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.”

This year’s list of 600 is packed with boldfaced names, such as actress Margot Robbie, five time Pro Bowler Von Miller, singers Gallant and Justin Skye, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, vegan chef and “Cupcake Wars” winner Chloe Coscarelli, 19-year old U.S. Gymnast, Simone Biles who won 4 Gold & 1 Bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and social media personalities Kylie Jenner and Tyler Oakley. Many others, like Mitchell Hashimoto, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, Lu Zhang and Whitney Wolfe, are superstars in their own realms, and soon to be on your radar.

Nigeria’s Nneka Ogwumike, Power forward for Los Angeles Sparks also made the list. Nneka won the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) Most Valuable Player of 2016 Award.

See the full list HERE.


  1. Olori

    January 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

    This is my issue with America and the people that fawn over America just like dogs in heat like BN. Because they are changing things in America means they are changing the world? No one is paying attention to the innovations and inventions coming out of Africa. Trust me if you take your time to dig deep, Africa is churning out better life changing innovations than America+Europe. Awon Oniranu. It is this inferiority complex that is killing us. What a pity.

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      January 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Gbam! Gbammer!!Gbammest!

  2. Tosin

    January 7, 2017 at 2:59 am

    The audacity of listmaking! 🙂
    Love things like this…
    Amazing how many twenty-something ‘power’ people there are, and see names like Elle Fanning, Desiigner, at ‘under-20’ sef.

    I’m usually critical of how much the media overhypes the media lol, like on these lists the media-types are far over-represented! It’s important for individuals to understand how little media acknowledgement matters and for the media on the other hand to appreciate how much their work matters.

    On this list, I’m super-inspired by the social entrepreneurs section and folks like Wesley Lowery. people who are sorta taking the matter of patching the world up, into their own hands.

    The science, industry, … categories are interesting too, although I feel elitism here is unnecessary. For every star they name, there are a half-dozen of their colleagues/friends who could just as well have been named. Ok maybe not all under-30 though.

    Many categories show more diversity, with both genders (please give me time to adapt to the multi-gendered age abeg) and many skinshades. Some categories do not, and it’ll be nice to see the changes happen over the years.

    Can’t read them all sha…

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