Since its inception, the 30 Under 30 list has featured a collection of bold, creative, young, and enterprising minds revolutionizing the playing field across 20 industries. These young entrepreneurs are steering at the helm of multinationals, building A.I.s with multilingual capabilities, developing technologies to keep companies operating during the pandemic, and altogether changing the face of business in society. The following list presents a cross-section of such impressive individuals who brighten the horizon of their respective industries, raise millions in funding, and demonstrate that youth is no disadvantage as they push for a better future and lead humanity into a new dispensation.
- Royston G King
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2. Ehsanullah Ekhlas
Ekhlas is the Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at the Danish tech company, Unicontrol Aps, revolutionizing the industry with GPS 3D machine control systems, cloud solutions, and dataflow for excavators. Unicontrol was established in 2018 to enable operators to autonomously document and assure the quality of a task at a lower cost than competitive items. The company recently went into partnerships with Danish construction organization Aarsleff and Swedish machine control company L5 navigation. Ekhlas holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Southern Denmark. The innovative entrepreneur was born in Afghanistan and currently resides in Odense, Denmark.
LinkedIn: Ehsanullah Ekhlas
3. Giada Zhang
25-year-old Zhang is the Co-founder and CEO of the Mulan Group, a food production company. Established in 2018 in Milan, the company packages frozen ready-to-eat Asian meals sourced from local ingredients and sold on Amazon and in over 6000 stores and supermarket chains in 15 regions. Born and raised in Cremona, Italy, Zhang is a second-generation Chinese Italian and is a graduate of Bocconi University – with a degree in international economics and management. Prior to the Mulan Group, she worked at McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and other offices across Great Britain, Asia, and the United States. Zhang is also fluent in five languages. Currently, the company offers DTC e-commerce and accepts no external funding.
4. Alex Bouaziz
Bouaziz is the 27-year-old co-founder and CEO of Deel, a platform established to facilitate remote hiring and global payments using native software to create localized employment contracts and manage wage payments. The company first secured a $14million funding spearheaded by Andreessen Horowitz in May 2020 before raising a further $30 million in the latter part of the year. As it stands, Deel is valued at over $200 million, providing immense value during the height of the pandemic. Presently, Deel has over 600 customers in over 150 countries and is working with notable organizations like Intercom, Dropbox, Shopify, Mercury, and Andela. Bouaziz holds a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and operates out of San Francisco, California.
LinkedIn: Alex Bouaziz
5. Max Rimpel
Rimpel is a 28-year-old early stage technology investor at Index Ventures – on the company’s business-to-business opportunities in Europe and leading the company’s efforts in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The German national is fluent in three languages and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt University of Berlin, and two Master’s degrees from Charles III University of Madrid, and ESCP Business School in Paris. Previously, Rimpel worked at Google, holding several positions, including its strategic insights and analytics team, identifying global revenue leakage opportunities and measuring the economic impact of Brexit. In addition, Rimpel is a graduate of Cornell University – undertaking his research in High-Frequency Trading, and is currently based in London, England.
LinkedIn: Max Rimpel
6. Joanna Smith
Joanna Smith is a former district attendance, a family engagement coordinator and the founder and CEO of AllHere, an ed-tech company curbing chronic absenteeism in K-12 schools with mobile messaging powered by AI. Amid the school closure during the pandemic and the adoption of virtual classes, Joanna developed a sophisticated chatbot system to support students, families and teachers through the digital divide. The bots not only help with truancy by keeping students in their virtual seats, but they also troubleshoot computer problems, provide confidential health care referrals and assist students struggling academically to put them on the track to success.
LinkedIn: Joanna (Smith) Griffin
7. Kyra Condie
Hailing from Shoreview, Minnesota, but currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kyra Condie is a 25-year-old professional climber. Kyra started climbing at her home gym at 11 and fell in love with the sport with a love for heights. Soon after, he discovered she had severe, idiopathic scoliosis, a condition that might end her passion. On March 12, 2010, she underwent spinal fusion surgery to correct her more than 70-degree curvature. After the surgery, she took several months to recover, resumed competitive climbing, and qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and became a Bouldering World Cup finalist.
8. Lana Condor
A triple-threat combination of actress, producer and singer, Lana Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress who made her debut in the superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), starring as the character Jubilee. Her winning performance and uncanny ability to understand the assignment and perfectly blend into the role can be seen in her portrayal of Saya Kuroki in the 2019 television series Deadly Class and her role as Koyomi in the film Alita: Battle Angel. In addition, Lana has gained international recognition for portraying Lara Jean Covey in Netflix’s hit teen rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
9. Naia Butler-Craig
Naia Butler-Craig is a 23-year-old aerospace engineering Ph.D. student, a NASA Space Technology Graduate Research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab member. With a B.S in Aerospace Engineering majoring in Astronautics and a minor in Computational Mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Naia is working towards becoming a specialist astronaut and participating in deep space exploration. She is also a science communicator, discusses diversity in STEM and mentors students who want to go into aerospace engineering.
10. Lil Baby
Since first making his debut as a rap artist in 2017, three-time Grammy-nominated artist Lil Baby has dominated the rap scenes with his unique rap styles. In February 2020, his single “My Turn” peaked at the #1 position on the Billboard 200. At just 26-years-old, the Atlanta rapper is connecting with his listeners through his unapologetic lyrics. Last year, in June, he released “The Bigger Picture,” a wake-up call to his listeners to stand up for something bigger than themselves. In addition, he recently released the collaborative album The Voice of the Heroes with Chicago rapper Lil Durk. The album peaked at the top position on the Billboard 200.
11. Matt McCambridge
Matt McCambridge is the CEO and co-founder of Eden Health, a mobile app providing direct-to-employer healthcare. Taking a futuristic approach to healthcare, Eden Health provides a hybrid of virtual and in-person care to employees. The mobile app integrates any insurance plan into an employee health care plan to ensure easy access to primary care and mental healthcare. At Eden, access to high-quality health care for employees is assured at $800 per employee each year for businesses with 10 to 5,000 employees.
12. Mamado Doumbouya
Born in Guinea, Mamadi Doumbouya is a New York City-based photographer specializing in portraiture, lifestyle, and storytelling. Fluent in four languages, Doumbouya draws inspiration from people he meets on his travels and from places visited. Some of the personalities he shot include Chance the Rapper for the cover of Fast Company, Stephen Colbert, John Legend, Megan Rapinoe, Stacey Abrams, Nicolas Cage, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the cover of Port, among several others. Doumbouya sets a standard for excellence ensuring quality shots for all his clients.
13. Shelby Ivey Christie
Shelby Ivey Christie is a 29-year-old fashion and costume historian focusing on Black fashion history. Her work transverses Black history and its connection to the cultural climate, economics, and, most importantly, fashion. She started her career as a closet intern at Conde Nast and has been an avid participant in the fashion industry, working at legacy fashion companies like Vogue and InStyle. Her work has also been featured in reputable publications such as Business Insider, Dazed, CFDA, Teen Vogue and NBC.
14. Dr. Kristen Choi
Dr. Kristen Choi is a pediatric psychiatric nurse, health services researcher and an assistant professor at UCLA. Focusing on health services approaches to mental health, trauma, and violence among children, adolescents, and other vulnerable populations. She has published over 30 academic papers: her current research studies Autism Spectrum Disorder and adverse childhood experiences. In addition, she also studies the impact of trauma and violence on nurses and health system factors associated with firearm violence. As a clinician and scientist, Dr. Choi addresses child behavioral health from the individual, family, system, and policy levels to improve the mental and physical health of children and communities.
LinkedIn: Kristen Choi
15. Lisa Vo
Lisa Vo is the Vice President of Teneo, a consulting and communications firm based in New York, with more than 20 offices globally. The 27-year-old marketing executive is the youngest VP in the history of the company’s Middle East and Africa establishment. Vo formerly worked at Falcon and Associates, a strategic advisory firm operating on behalf of the Prime Minister of U.A.E. She was also a member of the team that was the driving force behind initiatives to bridge relations between the U.A.E. and China. Outside of the corporate world, Vo is a professional Piano instructor. She is a German of Vietnamese and Chinese descent, is fluent in five languages, and has been residing in Dubai since 2013.
LinkedIn: Lisa Vo
16. Marques Brownlee
Brownlee is a 27-year-old digital star and vlogger. Popularly known as MKBHD, he runs an eponymous YouTube channel where he reviews and offers commentary on the latest gadgets and updates in the Tech Industry. A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Brownlee has been a tech enthusiast from his high school days, posting his first YouTube video – breaking down and showing the inner workings of a laptop. Since then, he has progressed in leaps and bounds, making videos on smartphones, speakers, camcorders, and headphones. His channel has amassed over 14 million subscribers, and he also held sit-down interviews with the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Brownlee is a resident of New Jersey.
YouTube: Marques Brownlee
17. Aakanksha Tangri
Tangri is the founder of Re:Set, an online resource for stories and tools around mental health, inclusivity, gender, parenting, and education. Established in 2019, Re:Set works to eliminate misconceptions and stigma and create an inclusive environment that fosters dialogue – in collaboration with corporate bodies, government officials, parents, educators, counselors, and thought leaders worldwide. Tangri is a Canadian national and resident of U.A.E. who previously worked as a journalist for Vice News, CNN New York, and CBC News in Canada. The goal of Re:Set is to reach 5 million parents and 25 million students, in the next five years, via digital and physical activities, courses, and workshops.
LinkedIn: Aakanksha Tangri
18. Nikola Mrkšić
Mrksic is the CEO and Co-founder of PolyAI, a startup operating out of London that is developing a leading-edge machine learning platform for conversational artificial intelligence and automated customer service. Mrksic completed his Computer Science degree, including a Master’s thesis with Professor Zoubin Ghahramani on Bayesian machine learning and earned his Ph.D. working with Professor Steve Young, both at the University of Cambridge. In addition, Mrksic worked with the Apple Siri development team in Cambridge. PolyAI aims to support “human-machine voice interaction” with chatbots that can communicate in multiple world languages. The 29-year-old Serbian national is currently a resident of the United Kingdom.
LinkedIn: Nikola Mrkšić
19, Jooyeon Song
Song is the Co-founder and CEO of ManiMe, an innovative beauty company providing custom-fit, stick-on gel nails established in 2017. Operating out of Santa Monica, California, the startup provides healthy, accessible, and easy-to-change manicures, particularly for busy office workers who cannot sit for hours at a time in a salon. She and Co-founder David Miró Llopis developed a solution where consumers take a photo of their nails and send it in while the 3D modeling and laser cutter at ManiMe creates a custom fit based on the 2D photo. The company’s revenue is expected to exceed $3 million this year. The 29-year-old South Korean native is a graduate of Stanford University School of Business.
LinkedIn: Jooyeon Song
20. Ta’Rheeyn Green
At only 14 years old, Skynbrace LLC CEO Ta’Rheeyn Green is writing history. As a champion of self-love and a firm believer in beauty’s fluidity, Ta’Rheeyn Green is an inspiring creative and entrepreneur moving girls everywhere to embrace their skin.
Launching her brand “Skynbrace LLC,” Ta’Rheeyn forwards the message that anyone—no matter the size, race, background, or gender—can make a change. Everyone is beautiful, and everyone is worthy. Through her company, the young philanthropist introduces this thought to millions worldwide and has effectively empowered countless individuals to celebrate perfection in what they used to see as flaws.
21. Sydney Raynell
Born in Maryland on June 30, 2006, Sydney Raynell is a sought-after model, actress, entrepreneur, and social media personality. At a young age, Sydney is an influential character to thousands of people worldwide. As she provides content on the latest fashion, beauty, and lifestyle hacks, the brilliant creative is a breath of fresh air amid the suffocating COVID-19 pandemic. Her efforts as an influential individual have gathered a growing crowd to her platform, staying inspired and driven to pursue their dreams despite adversity.
Determined to expand this positive impact, Sydney Raynell recently started a blog and launched a stylish yet affordable merchandise line on her platforms.
22. Terry Wilson
The language of sales is hard to master—unless, apparently, under the tutelage of top entrepreneur Terry Wilson. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 25, 1996, Terry Wilson is the creative mastermind behind Expansion Media Marketing and the life-changing The Cha Ching Academy.
Despite only being in his mid-twenties, Terry holds an extensive, impeccable background in business. His unbroken winning streak and the seven zeroes rolling into his account have made him an authority in the art of business. This expansive knowledge and reputation are what the entrepreneur invested into The Cha Ching Academy—introducing foolproof strategies to students and future industry leaders to the world.
Facebook: Terry Wilson
23. Francesca Reicherter
An author, innovator, entrepreneur, and mental health advocate—there seems to be nothing that Francesca Reicherter can’t do. Through her numerous efforts, she’s determined to inspire others to realize that nothing is beyond their limit too.
As the founder of the non-profit organization “Inspiring My Generation Corporation,” Francesca empowers countless worldwide to prioritize mental health and move toward an environment of kindness and happiness. Dedicated to realizing this vision, the entrepreneur launched the “Normalize the Conversation” podcast and the interactive “You Are Not Alone: The Workbook.” A portion of the proceeds is immediately sent to her non-profit to fund its advancement of mental health.
24. Christopher Gaeta
Born in Lincroft, New Jersey, the 21-year-old whiz kid Christopher Gaeta is making his name as this generation’s leading innovator. A venture capital associate, exemplary student, and entrepreneur actively participating in the COVID-19 research community, Christopher is a walking inspiration and testament to the country’s future.
Outside of his dedication to medical research, the entrepreneur is an undergraduate student at Swarthmore College while pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, he was named a top Gen Z Venture Capitalist by Business Insider. He has also been the subject of numerous publications praising his passion for service and unprecedented genius in his pursuits.
LinkedIn: Christopher Gaeta
25. Sai Karra
Saivibhu “Sai” Karra was barely in his teens in 2015 when he uploaded his first basketball mixtape on YouTube. That was when he realized he wanted to become a social media influencer.
Driven and dedicated to realizing his dreams, Sai continued to upload videos with relative success until he branched out to TikTok in January 2021. Half a year later, the content creator hosted over a million followers on his personal account. The unprecedented attention inspired Sai to launch “BuiltGen” with his older brother, which angles unique and helpful products through the TikTok storytelling niche.
26. Nour Atta
The past five years have been phenomenal for Nour Atta. Once a 16-year old struggling to find new avenues for income generation, Nour is now a 21-year old millionaire with awe-inducing expertise in trading.
As a top trader who has memorized every nook and cranny of the industry, Nour Atta is among the leading resources and inspirations for aspiring traders. Outside of his brilliant portfolio, Nour has decided to take a more hands-on approach to inspiring people. He launched “Stock Hours LLC,” a venture designed to guide individuals through the complexity of trading and into over $7 million success, much like the company’s record in last year’s profits.
27. Brianna Musco
With thousands of followers across social media platforms and countless listeners worldwide, Brianna Musco is undeniably a rising name in the pop scene today. Following her hit debut with “Forever” in 2019, the artist has continued to perfect her craft and capture the hearts of her audience.
Her 2020 single “Never Stay” and 2021 track “My Only Pretty Thing” have only furthered her momentum, kickstarting the young artist’s reign as a 21st-century pop icon. As if cementing her rule, Brianna recently released “Nobody Needs To Know,” which holds a growing record of over thirty thousand listens on Spotify alone.
28. Mikiah Azarcon
It was not an easy climb for lauded entrepreneur Mikiah Azarcon. Before establishing his empire, Mikiah was a miserable undergraduate who found himself in the starting line of the wrong track. Conflicted and pressured, he pushed himself to break into a run, later on realizing that he couldn’t.
Following his heart, instead, Mikiah Azarcon shifted tracks and ran. A few years later, at 23, he is now the founder and CEO of the highly sought-after e-commerce wallet brand “GO-GETTER Co.” The company is home to the pioneering expandable and trackable “GO Wallet,” widely regarded as a must-have piece for any occasion.
29. Ivan B
Ivan Paniagua, more popularly known as “Ivan B,” is a 25-year old independent rapper who has been serenading crowds since he was a high school freshman.
By leveraging his personal experiences as an inspiration in crafting his sound, Ivan B’s discography is a collage of his life, providing effortless authenticity and warmth to his listeners. These qualities inspired millions to flock and stream his singles “Our Time Together” and “Need You Still,” among others. Adding another must-listen collection to the global library, the artist recently released the heart-driven album “Frames,” which dives into the struggle of moving past regret and into a new life.
While working on new music, Ivan B is preparing for a full-length tour to be launched sometime in 2022.
30. Cain Monroy
In 2012, Caine Monroy made headlines for building his arcade out of cardboard at nine years old. His creative project caught the attention of a filmmaker named Nirvan Mullick, who produced an 11-minute short film that received international media attention. After that, Caine’s Arcade became a hit, prompting the young entrepreneur to travel to other cities to encourage other kids to make their own arcade games. The young entrepreneur’s success saw the birth of the Imagination Foundation, which raised money for him to go to college. Caine Monroy later shut his arcade down, taking on a new adventure by opening a bicycle shop that repairs and remakes different models.