Female Bankers, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Techies And The Olsen Twins Made Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List
10:30 am, December 20th | by Meredith Lepore
It’s been about a week since Forbes put out a list ranking rich and/or smart people so it was about time they did another one. Yesterday the highly anticipated second annual ’30 Under 30′ list came out. That’s right. These people are not only smart, powerful and possibly very rich but some of them haven’t even hit their late 20′s yet.
The list is extensive and includes 15 categories into which the people under 30 who are the most innovative and causing the most disruption are sorted. “In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation. Individually, they are engaging, surprising and incredibly hardworking.”
Women dominated the Art & Style categories (the Olsen twins have taken up permanent residence there with The Row), Hollywood (Lena, Greta, Maude Apatow) and music (Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kesha) but we also held our own in the finance and law & policy groups. And, according to my calculations, after only seeing two women on the technology pioneers list last year, there are now six! Vast improvement!
Noteworthy inductees to the entire 30 under 30 include Jennifer Fan, a 29 year old who is the chief investment officer of a $650 million hedge fund specializing in energy and agricultural commodities that she launched in 2012. Uzoamaka Maduka is the editor in chief of The American Reader at only 25. Lisa Falzone created a point-of-sale system for the iPad used by restaurants and retailers. And then there is Rachel Haot who founded GroundReport, a civic-journalism portal and is now Bloomberg administration’s top digital officer. There’s also MIT PhD candidate Leslie Dewan, who is working to found a new nuclear reactor design?
Wow, who else feels less than impressive today?