Many years before, several people were just in their garages, inside their houses, unemployed, at the brink of giving up or thinking about nothing at all. But a simple nudge from a person or their undying commitment towards finding their niches has led them to ride the waves of success. Essentially, succeeding in any chosen field requires hard work and dedication. They had to work day and night to improve their skills and even experience countless failures. But despite that, they persevered. And they are now where they ought to be – even working more to achieve even greater heights. Artists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, or health and wellness experts, here are 40 people who are under 40 but have achieved more than what they have imagined:
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Born Aubrey Drake Graham, popularly known as Drake, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. The Canadian entertainment superstar rose to fame, not as a musical icon, but for his role in a 2001 movie production Degrassi: The Next Generation. Five years after, Drake released his first mixtape, Room for Improvement. Then, So Far Gone, which catapulted his musical career even higher. Drake is behind the hit songs In My Feelings, One Dance, Hotline Bling, God’s Plan, Passionfruit, to mention a few. His musical virtuoso has earned him awards and recognition from Grammys, Billboard, MTV, American Music Awards, Teen Choice, etc.
2. Billy Gene
Founder and CEO of Billy Gene Is Marketing, Billy Gene is popular for his efforts to scale the returns of businesses here and abroad. Billy is an entrepreneur, blogger, and social media strategist who takes to Facebook and other online platforms to educate people on how to be effective entrepreneurs and how to increase ROI through online marketing.
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3. Anthony Mendez
His primary focus is business coaching for health & fitness coaches looking to take their online business to the next level using the power of social media to generate six figures or more a year!
Anthony is on a mission to help coaches create ultimate freedom in their life. He’s tired of seeing coaches being burnt out, not being able to take a vacation, not getting paid if they get sick, trading time for money, being slaves to their work, and having no retirement plan.
He’s also the Co-Host of the Sweat It Out Podcast, which talks about health, fitness, entrepreneurship, business, & mindset.
He’s appeared in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Journal, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Future Sharks, Thrive Global, NY Weekly, LA Weekly, and LA Progressive.
4. Sam Ovens
Sam Ovens is an entrepreneur and consultant from New Zealand. The 31-year-old mogul is the founder of Consulting.com and snapinsect.com. Both of his companies have helped create six-figure earners, and even consultants like him! Sam started from scratch, and within four years, he was able to generate over $10,000,000 in revenue. He’s projected to have over $9-12 million of net worth.
5. Steven Ridzyowski
Steven Ridzyowski is an e-commerce expert and marketing genius, especially with his new agency Ecommerce Marketing Agency, which offers a turnkey solution for e-commerce. Steve has mastered everything from product research, product trends to marketing in all kinds of niches. He has built multiple six to seven-figure e-commerce brands in the past five years and is looking to scale his agency to over 100 clients beginning 2021.
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6. Ondre Gipson
Ondre Gipson aka “Drizz” is a serial entrepreneur who owns an entertainment company and thriving clothing line called True Hustler Entertainment, LLC. His full-service entertainment company focused on artist management, promotion, and event curation has been running since 2017. Indeed, his creativity has kept his business recession-proof amidst the COVID-19 epidemic as he continues to thrive and grow in this economy.
Ondre also deals with investments in vending machines and auto sales from rental to concierge services! Showing no signs of letting up, we can only expect more from him in the near future! He is a dreamer who puts action behind his goals and stops at nothing until they are met! The true definition of a CEO. Ondre is an HBCU College graduate from Delaware State University and he’s definitely making his alma mater proud.
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7. Alonzo GuillaumeForex trading has been Alonzo’s main focus after extensively studying business administration and marketing. He has been a dedicated student and avid athlete in many sports. Growing up in a Haitian family with strong values in a disciplined environment, Alonzo learned through hard work that there’s never a perfect way to live. When a person can finally understand that, their life will be perfect from their own perspective, no matter what others say.
Determination, open-mindedness, and positivity have all guided Jivenson on his path to success. He has a wealth of experience after having lived and worked all over the world. Jivenson’s perseverance and creativity has helped him become an extraordinary visual content creator while keeping a keen eye on trading. His brother Jack has always pushed him to be the best version of himself. He is very proud of his roots and looks to inspire others to pursue their aspirations.
As an experienced Forex trading educator and mentor, Jack is committed to helping clients strategize for their financial security. His unique leadership approach has drawn the attention of thousands of new clients worldwide. Jack believes above all that you have to believe in yourself and maintain your vision, despite what others tell you. When that vision becomes reality, everyone else will believe in your dream.
10. Dylan Maxwell Blau
Dylan Blau is a Professional dog trainer and behaviorist who is also the marketing genius that founded The Blau Agency, an all inclusive talent management and social media branding company. Dylan Maxwell Blau is taking up and coming entrepreneurs from A to Z using his strategies for growth and long term success. He helps his clients with branding, marketing, lead generation, sales, networking, collaborations, websites, content creation, and personal management. Dylan prides himself on learning from his experiences, gaining knowledge based on his proven track record of success and experimentation and sharing that information with the people who need it the most!
Dylan helps TikTok, Instagram and YouTube Influencers turn their brand into a business and on the flip side, he turns businesses into brands using social media. Dylan has released two books of his insight and expertise to help others learn from his experiences. One book is called Social Media Secrets, where he discusses game-changing strategies for dominating online platforms. The other book is entitled We Are Dog Training, tackling dog training secrets and spreading the message that everyone is capable of training dogs or themselves. While there are many social media agencies out there, Dylan sets himself apart with his innovative, out-of-the-box strategies personalized for each business or brand he works with.
11. R. Nicole Sharp
Nicole is a high performing serial entrepreneur, shoe designer, & inventor. She owns a 7-figure consulting firm that focuses on IT & Healthcare. She helps take businesses to the next level, such as winning government contracts, business process re-engineering, hi-performance workspace, & transitioning to virtual environments. She turned her hobbies (footwear design & travel bags) into online businesses – R. Nicole Collection and Tashka.
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Onika Tanya Maraj is a rapper, singer, songwriter who’s a growing phenomenon in the rap industry in the world. The Hip Hop artist rose to global fame after she released the song Super Bass in 2011. It was followed by other hit songs Super Bass, Anaconda, among others. Onika is popularly known as Nicki Minaj in the entertainment industry. Nicki Minaj boasts tens of accolades including awards from MTV, BET, American Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards, etc. Her prominence in the music industry has led her to become the first female rapper to amass a net worth of over $100 million. Other hit songs of Nicki include Bang Bang, Only, Starships, Megatron, Chun-Li, and many more.
13. Amanda Leigh
Multi-talented and motivating, Amanda Leigh has excelled in many management roles. As a leader and sales manager with 17 years of experience her passion has always been to inspire and motivate people to reach their fullest potential. Surpassing her goals as a General Manager, Sales Liaison & Fashion Stylist Amanda brings an impressive sales skillset to the table as she has doubled and tripled her sales in each position.
Amanda is now the owner of Leigh Nationwide Property Acquisitions which is a real estate investing company based in the DMV area. She also leads Amanda Leigh & Associates which is a team of realtors who provide the highest quality representation while defining industry expertise and standards. Determined and dedicated, she obtained her degree and license efficiently while caring for her cancer diagnosed Aunt and working two separate jobs. Amanda gains passion as she promises to change the financial dynamic of her family by ridding poverty and scarcity mindset through the building of generational wealth. She is set out to bridge the racial homeownership gap and make a strong financial impact in this country.
14. Kendra Stephen
Kendra Stephen is a trademark lawyer, business advisor, and entrepreneur. Over the course of her professional career, Kendra has represented artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, media personalities, and international companies. She founded The Trademark Firm which is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and serves clients throughout the United States and various countries. Kendra tackles legal issues related to brand protection, including trademark clearance, prosecution, enforcement matters, portfolio management, global brand strategy, due diligence, and licensing.
Attorney Stephen also handles cases related to false advertising, domain name disputes, social media disputes, and brand strategy. Kendra is widely respected for her expertise on Trademark Law, Brand Protection, Trademark Enforcement, Brand Management and monetization. She has a keen eye for brand development and protection. Trademark Attorney Kendra Stephen was named as one of the Top 15 Entrepreneurs of 2020 in US Reporter and one of the Top 10 Black Female Attorneys You Need To Know by Black Enterprise in 2016.
15. Scott Abourisk
Through numerous trials and errors of trying to build a business from the ground up, Scott Abourisk finally found his calling. It’s a four letter word that’s caused chaos throughout our history: hemp. He’s found his niche in the hemp industry by curating products for professional action sport athletes.
As a board-sport enthusiast himself, he saw the profound benefits from using hemp/cbd on a regular basis and wanted to create something that would benefit everyone. So, he created Med-Well Hemp Brand (@medwellbrand), a company dedicated to helping athletes live better lives through the products offered. He plans to take the company global one day, helping people perform better, recover faster and live better. Join him on his journey to greatness.
16. Pat Mula
Pat Mula is an up-and-coming musical artist from the West side of Chicago. Pat has released brand new sounds to thrill listeners and get them up and dancing. His blizzy and captivating tracks are all available on all music platforms.
Born Sir Patrick Taylor, Pat Mula came home from prison and decided that he wanted to create a legacy for himself; he began to take music seriously. Pat was first recognized for his Thotty Up Twerk Anthem that got over 1.2 million views on Worldstar. This is when he decided to further his musical career and start his own record label, Richpeopleonly. Running his label, Pat is dedicated to motivate artists to chase their dreams and achieve musical success.
17. Robert Abraham
Dr. Robert Abraham was born in Egypt and immigrated to the US in 1999. Due to his father’s health issues and suffering from failed surgeries, he decided to pursue a career in natural and holistic medicine and became a doctor of chiropractic medicine. Robert then became board certified in chronic intractable pain and neuropathy from the American College of Physical Medicine because his father suffers from neuropathy and he wants to help as many patients as he can who suffer from the same condition.
Robert founded CryoNext Integrative Healthcare in 2016 to serve the Central Florida community. He is also behind Exodus Medical, which is a fully virtual practice, to expand his reach of helping more patients across the country.
Robert is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association and serve as a mentor for the largest practice management group in the country, Blueprint To Practice Automation, where he mentors and coaches other doctors on how to treat neuropathy and how to utilize the latest and best in medicine to provide relief to millions of patients across the world that suffer from the horrific condition.
18. Andy Frisella
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As a child, Andy Frisella was unmotivated and he did not do well in school. But he recalls that it was his father who taught him how to be competitive and motivated him to become successful. Years later, Andy is now the CEO of a nutritional supplement company that racks more than $175 million of revenue per year. 1st Phorm International is one of the leading companies in the country that provides nutritional supplements to many parts of the world. Andy also speaks and teaches people how to follow in his footsteps through his podcast, The MFCEO Project, that has been named as the #1 Business/Entrepreneurship/Personal Development podcast in the world – for 4 years straight!
19. Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham started his career at Cvent and quickly became one of the youngest managers at the company. He helped them grow multiple teams during the time they went public and then purchased by Vista Equity Partners. He’s run some of the largest influencer campaigns in the world with Dan Fleyshman and Elevator Studio. Lastly, Chris is a founding member of ClickUp which is one of the fastest-growing companies in 2020!
20. JP Moridi
J.P. Moridi is a Licensed Realtor specializing in residential properties in the Bay Area of Northern California. He works extensively with celebrities, professional athletes, and all types of clients who live, work, and invest in the Silicon Valley.
J.P. was inspired by his father, Al Moridi, who began his own real estate career in 1988. He watched his father work tirelessly to build a storied reputation as one of the most trusted and successful realtors in California, instilling strong ideals that taught him as long as he took care of people and looked out for their best interests, he would always be successful.
In 2015, he was interviewed by Forbes Magazine at the prestigious Under 30 Summit and subsequently honored with an Chairman’s Circle Award for achieving sales in the one percentile nationally. Today, J.P. is an official member of the Forbes Real Estate Council’s top 1% worldwide. To date, he and his team have sold more than 1,400 homes and are nationally recognized by the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends as one of the top agents in California.
21. Ray Licardo
Ray Licardo founded Urbane Dwellings, a furnished housing provider, in 2018. Ray received a degree in Management Information Systems at UC Santa Cruz back in 2013, and a majority of his professional career was in sales.
A few years ago, he came across YouTube videos of people being successful in the Airbnb space, and he saw this to be an opportunity to fuel his creativity but also make a living off of. Ray is motivated by his passion to create. Starting Urbane Dwellings helped solidify his entrepreneurial spirit, and he accidentally fell in love with designing interiors and hospitality. Ray plans to take the brand globally, allowing for easier travel for working professionals without and giving them freedom to live and work anywhere they want.
22. Jonathan Ruiz
Jonathan Ruiz’ goal is to let the world know the technology he has developed and work together with other industry giants to provide to the hospitality industry. His company provides exceptional support and service to the #1 POS in hospitality called Micros. Jonathan and his team have the technology for Pay-at-the-table and also on processing – they can do next-day funding.
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23. Harrison Polsky
Principal of O N E Group at Compass with an extensive track record of new construction and development sales. He is focused on delivering the best possible experience and outside-the-box solutions to every client, to build a high level of trust and confidence, and ensure that their needs are met and exceeded.
With years of experience in real estate, Harrison began his career in the commercial arena as an analyst, then transitioned to the residential market where he is now in the top 5 real estate agents under 40 in DFW specializing in development and new construction sales. His analytical background fuels his keen pricing and market knowledge, and his ability to identify the best opportunities and strategies for his developers.
24. Melissa R. Williams
The Superwoman of Business, Melissa R. Williams, has managed to build a multi-million dollar empire while raising 6 children, all before the age of 40. The woman of steel, owns over 4 corporations, and has a stake in several others. Through her success as an entrepreneur, Melissa has been invited to coach and speak all over the world, empowering women to go for their dreams and coaching them toward “mompreneurship.”
25. Dyl (Dylan Rhodes)
Dylan Rhodes, known as Dyl is a recording artist and entrepreneur from Philadelphia, PA. Dyl gained recognition in 2015 with the success of Platinum single “Jordan Belfort” and accompanying tour performing 50+ shows across the US. Dyl’s viral hit peaked at Billboard #25 and was the top college song of 2015. Dyl continues to elevate with several independent singles and debut album “Crypto Rich”. As of 2020, Dyl has over 1M listeners and 200M+ streams worldwide.
26. Shivangi Gupta
Shivangi was a pre-med student at Rutgers when she decided to completely switch up her career and move into fashion. She excelled in her industry and now owns Nazranaa, the biggest South Asian bridal clothing store in the country. While growing her business, she was also able to create a tv show, Nazranaa Diaries, which in 2 seasons has been able to garner more than 13 million views on youtube alone.
27. Danny Lopes
Danny Lopes is a Luso-American artist and entrepreneur. As an abstract expressionist, actor, and technologist, his cerebral works canvas archetypes, break norms and reach the imagination. Danny’s mediums span from film and television to large-scale pop-art and experiential installations.
His acting career began at just 8 years old. Danny landed his first lead role of “Bobby” in Dante Tomaselli’s film Desecration in 1999 and was then cast by Tomaselli in his second feature film, Horror, and all subsequent productions. After high school, Danny earned his acting certificate from the New York Film Academy and took up residence in Los Angeles.
Innovating from a place of pride and promise, Danny continues to act and produce mixed-media statement art that is subjective and ever-changing, whilst moving into the technology sector with modernisms in social sharing. His on-screen portfolio now includes roles on camera such as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he is set to hold a part in Dante Tomaselli’s upcoming remake of Alfred Sole’s cult-favorite Alice, Sweet Alice.
28. Akeem Mair
Movie star Akeem Mair is the entertainment industry’s up-and-coming icon. In his career as an artist, he has appeared in several movie productions including All About Money, A Wonderful World, Limbo, Life of a Villain, Red, Fine Line, Silent Love, The Kidnap, etc. He’s worked with many production companies, the Columbia College of Hollywood Production, to mention one.
Akeem has signed with two agencies including Commercial Talent Agency (under Sarah Angeli) and Minc Talent (under Mariko Ballentine). At 32, Akeem is in his prime. With his noteworthy work ethic and passion, he is destined for greater heights. In fact, he has over 5 millions views for a single video alone – the time when he appeared for The Ellen Degeneres Show, which Ellen described as “the best episode she’s ever seen.”
Apart from this feature, Akeem appears in many publications such as NY Wire’s Top 25 Individuals, US Reporter’s Top 15 Entrepreneurs, LA Wire’s Top 20 IG Accounts to Follow in 2020, and many more.
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29. Dr. Velma Trayham
Dr. Velma Trayham is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of multiple high-performing businesses. She is the owner and CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group, an innovative branding and marketing transformation agency with offices in Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles. The company has driven measurable growth for top organizations. Velma is a sought-after empowerment specialist, revolutionary thinker, and transformational leader with a distinguished reputation as a catalyst for change and voice of hope to people around the US.
Velma’s economic empowerment program, Millionaire Mastermind Academy, has mentored more than 4,600 women to become successful in their industries. She is also a social media influencer, highly sought-after motivational speaker, and author whose book, When God Says Go, has sold over 400,000 copies.
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30. Daniel Amaya aka Mizter Bonezz
Born Daniel Amaya, Mizter Bonezz is an up-and-coming DJ/Producer. Born on August 13, 1992, Mizter Bonezz has an inborn genetic bone condition that debilitates him from regular daily life. He suffered two respiratory failures back in 2015 and underwent emergency tracheostomy surgery. Despite relying on a ventilator to breathe, that hasn’t stopped him from living his dream of being a DJ/Producer. Having started his own record label Shlumped Records just 4 years ago, Mizter Bonezz’ mission is to impact as many lives with his unorthodox talent behind both the decks and mixing board. He has performed at a secret stage at 2019’s EDC Las Vegas and Nocturnal Wonderland So Cal and recently has gained popularity by people from all cultures thanks to the ability of live streaming.
31. Alex Machuca
Alex is a serial entrepreneur who’s most recent company, Lyncrest Media is one of the fastest growing digital marketing companies in the country. He broke into the mortgage industry last year helping dozens of mortgage brokers receive over a 500% ROI. Lyncrest is among one of the top marketing companies to watch in the mortgage industry going into 2021.
32. Rylee Meek
Rylee Meek is the host of The Sales Conversion Podcast, and founder and CEO of the Social Dynamic Selling System, which turns dinner seminar marketing into a science. After responding to a small ad on Craigslist in 2009, Rylee was introduced to a new concept of selling, one in which radically changed his life forever. Having just $673 in his bank account, but more importantly a burning desire for more, Rylee went on to produce over $120 million in sales over the past 9 years.
Now that he has perfected his model, through continual trial and error, he is sharing this learned wisdom, and is on a mission to help other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve the revenue goals they have to live the lifestyle they desire. Everything he teaches is tried, tested, refined, and proven to create a predictable, sustainable, and scalable selling system.
33. Ki’Amber Thompson
In an interview, Ki’Amber Thompson said, “I am using education to create access to healing through nature and to support the development of the next generation of leaders who will make a positive impact in the world we share.” As an advocate for the environment, the 25-year-old Ki’Amber teaches the younger generation about caring for the environment and how to be efficient and effective stewards.
Ki’Amber founded the Charles Roundtree Bloom Project to educate young people and instigate causes for a better world.
34. Johanan Dujon
As the founder of the first indigenous agriculture biotech firm in the Carribean, Johanan Dujon contributes to the environment on a scale never imagined before. Algas Organics harvests invasive plants and converts them into organic pesticides, fertilizers, and fungicides. And for a place that highly depends on its tourism sector, a company like Algas Organics that has processed over two million pounds of seaweed is a gem. Founded in 2015, Algas Organics is steadily positioning itself as one of the prime companies in the Carribean that preserves the environment. In 2020, the revenue of the company is projected to reach about $2 million.
35. Marcus Rosten
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Nobody knows the importance of environmental education more than Marcus Rosten. Marcus, as a naturalist, is on a mission to educate the younger generations, and the public in general, about proper management and conservation of waterways and effective use of land. A generation of environment-friendly individuals is his legacy.
Currently, Marcus teaches at the Young Environmental Leaders to create this legacy. They’ve collaborated with the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper where they fight injustices committed against the environment. With their partnership, Marcus helps in discovering, explaining hazards, and finding solutions to them.
36. Winnie Karanja
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Winnie Karanja fights against discrimination, especially for women of color. She founded Maydm to train and equip young girls of color with the necessary skills to excel in the workplaces they intend to participate in in the future. Founded in November 2015, Maydm has helped countless girls and worked to improve and enhance their skills so they can compete and succeed.
37. Samir Lakhani
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28-year-old social entrepreneur Samir Lakhani is a highly recognized environmental entrepreneur. He’s earned several recognitions like CNN Heroes Award, Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, and Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
Samir is the founder of Eco Soap Bank. Through the company Samir promotes healthy practices and sanitation by recycling and redistributing soap to poor areas. By his research, he discovered that only 1% of households have access to soap. Helping the community is not new to Samir, having participated in social works for six years. And now with Eco Soap Bank, he is taking public service to new levels.
38. Danya Sherman
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Founder of KnoNap, Danya Sherman created her company because she does not want anyone to experience what she did way back 2016. While she was studying abroad, someone took advantage of her and slipped a drug into her drink. It was a dark place for Danya but she used it to fuel her motivation to devise a product that would prevent that from happening.
Danya created KnoNap, a cocktail napkin that detects drugs in liquids even if tiny drops were spilled on it. The product changes color when it detects drugs. Because of this, Danya was recognized and became members of many prestigious societies like Halcyon Fellow, Future Founders Fellow, Washington Life’s 2017 Technology 25 Innovators and Disruptors, Cafe 100’s 2018 Change Maker, and Toyota’s 2018 Mother of Invention. Recently, she was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of its 30 Under 30.
39. Joseph Harris
Joseph Harris is an agent of Creative Artists Agency. Founded in 1975, the agency has housed some of the most successful brands, talents, and enterprises. Joseph has worked with many key personalities in the music industry. In 2013, Joseph secured deals for Cardi B and Ludacris. In total, he has over eight figures worth of deals and negotiations.
CAA, unlike any other, represents leading industry practitioners like actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, comedians, authors, athletes, coaches, broadcasters, teams, leagues, chefs, designers, fashion talent, consumer brands, and more.
40. Marya Dzmitruk
Marya Dzmitruk is the co-founder of Prodsmart. The company scales other small to medium-sized businesses by creating management softwares that is custom-fit for each company. Since 2018, Prodsmart has worked with many companies like Science4You, sonafi, IG Masonry Support, etc. and has helped them increase their revenues. In funding, Prodsmart has over $5 million, and expected to grow for another $2.3 million this year.