Forbes’ list : Most Influential People Under 30

Forbes’ list : Most Influential People Under 30

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Olivia Wilde, 29

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by KGW Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

NEW YORK, NY -- Forbes’ list of the 30 most influential people in the world under the age of 30 was released Monday. The list includes entrepreneurs and activists, movie stars and money managers.

Here are a few you might know:

LeBron James, 29

By last year James had earned two NBA titles, four MVP Awards and two Olympic Gold Medals. Forbes says he is one of only four Hall of Famers with four MVP Award. James is basketball’s biggest endorsement megastar, touting deals with Nike, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Samsung and more.

Maria Sharapova, 26

Forbes says Sharapova is the world's highest-paid female athlete. Last year she earned $29 million. A four-time grand-slam winner, Sharapova has piled up endorsements over the years from Porsche, Motorola, Tiffany and Nike. Last year she launched Sugarpova, her own candy company with estimated revenues of $6 million, according to Forbes.

Bruno Mars, 28

This year Mars will be the first artist in ten years to headline a Super Bowl Halftime Show before turning 30. Mars has two platinum albums and a Grammy, with 4 Grammy nominations last year.

Olivia Wilde, 29

Actress Olivia Wilde is the co-founder of Conscious Commerce. The company pairs brands with causes in hopes of making corporations become better global citizens.

Evan Spiegel, 23

Spiegel heads Snapchat, a mobile app company that transmits up to 450 million self-destructing photos a day between users. Forbes says, the company raised $60 million at an $800 million valuation in June and turned down a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook.

Shiza Shahid, 24

Shahid began her fight for the education of young women in 2012 when she started helping Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist whose advocacy for girls' education got her shot by the Taliban. To date the Mala Fund, which Shahid helped create, has raised $400,000, half from the World Bank and half from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Forbes says.

Brian Wong, 22

Wong started his game and app-driven marketing company Kiip, at the age of 17, just a year after he graduated from the University of British Columbia. Kiip raised over $15 million and is now used by more than 500 major brands to reach 70 million users that include Procter & Gamble, Pepsi and Disney, according to Forbes.

More: Click here to see all 30 on the Forbes list

 

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