The young leaders and entrepreneurs of our 12th edition Forbes 30 The Under 30 list gives plenty of reason to believe that tomorrow will be brighter than today.
Oar. Inflation. The market is collapsing. Dismissals. In a terrible and disruptive year, one thing remains constant: the brightest young leaders of tomorrow are turning to entrepreneurship to solve the world’s biggest problems, on their own terms. The 600 bold founders, leaders and entrepreneurs of 2023 Forbes 30 The Under 30 list has launched creative ventures to put the brakes on issues like global warming, reproductive health, student debt and financial freedom.
To compile our 12th annual list, Forbes writers and editors, with the help of independent expert judges like Joe Jonas, Aimee Song, Bobbi Brown and Sid Sijbrandij, evaluated more than 12,000 applicants on factors including funding, revenue, social impact, inventiveness and potential. The 600 who made the cut are both an inspiration and a challenge to conventional wisdom. Either way, they provide ample reason to believe that tomorrow will be brighter than today.
Take 27 Dina Radenkovic, who is redefining women’s reproductive health with her startup, Gameto. So far, the 2023 Healthcare List has raised $40 million to make egg harvesting cheaper and safer by using human stem cells to mature eggs in a lab. Or social impact auditor Noah McQueen26, whose company Heirloom has raised $53 million to fight global warming, signing carbon offset deals with tech giants Microsoft, Stripe and Shopify.
Other highlights include household names like Hailey Bieber26, who went from model to mogul when she founded Rhode Skin, a Los Angeles-based skincare startup; Ayo Edebiri27, fresh off the success of her recent comedy-drama series the bear which won praise from fans and critics; and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embid28, who will begin a four-year, $196 million contract extension next season with the team he brokered himself.
For a broader perspective, check out these facts about the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2023 – and be sure to check out the full list here.
30 UNDER 30 2023 IN FIGURES
IDENTIFY AS A PERSON OF COLOR
1% non-binary, 40% women and 59% men.
GENERATION Z (25 OR UNDER)
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Miami and Toronto.
Over $5 million
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