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Forbes 30 Under 30

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Forbes 30 Under 30 is a set of lists issued annually by Forbes magazine and some of its regional editions. The 2016 lists recognizes 600 business and industry figures, with 30 selected in twenty industries each. Asia and Europe also each have ten categories, while Africa has a single list of 30 people. Forbes hosts associated conferences and a section of its website called Under 30.



Forbes launched the 30 Under 30 list in 2011. By 2016, the nominations for the list had reached more than 15,000, with Forbes editors selecting winners for each of 20 categories.

Over time, Forbes has expanded the feature to establish continental lists for Asia, Europe (launched in 2016), and Africa.

Forbes also uses the Under 30 name for a dedicated channel on its website, associated with a 30 Under 30 social media app. The Washington Post reports the channel aims to provide "millennial-focused programming to the magazine's many influential consumers." The social media app is a collaboration with Tinder via previous 30 Under 30 honoree Sean Rad, cofounder and president of Tinder.


In addition to the magazine feature, Forbes hosts an annual 30 Under 30 summit. In 2014 and 2015, the summit was held in Philadelphia, with Monica Lewinsky making headlines at the first summit for her address on cyberbullying. The 2016 summit is slated for October in Boston. Organizers include previous 30 Under 30 honorees chef Chris Coombs, Boston mayoral aide Dan Koh, and pediatric oncology professor Cigall Kadoch.

In April 2016, Forbes held its first 30 Under 30 international summit, focused on Europe, the Middle East and Africa and taking place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Speakers included Monica Lewinsky, Shimon Peres and Okieriete Onaodowan. Onaodowan was a 2016 honoree on the 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list for his portrayal of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton.


The 30 Under 30 list has drawn some criticism, including for under-recognition of young leaders of color and women. The Root observed that 29 of 30 journalists honored on the inaugural media list in 2011 were white, and none black or Latino. Elle South Africa noted the gender imbalance of the 2014 lists, asking, "Where are the women?" Demographics of the Forbes selections have continued to draw interest; Poynter reported the 2015 Media list had 18 women, the most in the list's five-year history.


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