Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Verge’s Top Picks

People say that your 20s are your ‘selfish years’; that they can be the making of you,  and the people below have really taken that to town. This week, Forbes released their annual ’30 Under 30′ list of successful people from all sectors; this is where you need to look if you’re lacking inspiration. Check out  Forbes’ full list on the website: Their stories are bound to inspire you to build your own empire in whatever field you wish.

Verge have compiled 6 profiles of Forbes’ Standout people from 6 of the 20 sectors. Be prepared to get inspired.


Art & Style: Michelle Phan

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Michelle Phan shows a truly inspirational rags to riches story – at one point her family were surviving on food stamps. Michelle began writing a blog 12 years ago, aged 15, which proved extremely successful. Michelle went on to become the founder of Ipsy, a subscription cosmetics company that’s expected to yield $120 million in revenues in 2015. Along with this, Michelle also has a line of makeup at L’Oreal, a music venture promoting artists on social media and a deal for a new online lifestyle channel with Endemol.



Education: Alex Klein

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Aged only 24, Alex Klein is the co-founder of Kano; a DIY hacker toy based on a small computer board. The toy comes with story book guides that teach kids how to design games, make music or art and create websites. Backers, including Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, helped to raise $1.5 million by the end of his Kickstarter campaign.  The product has proved extremely popular already, to date it has shipped more than 20,000 of the $150 starter kits. Amazing.


Food and Drink: Jason Wang

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Jason Wang is the founder of Caviar; a premium food delivery service that brings food from the best restaurants to your door for a flat fee of $4.99. A revolutionary idea! After raising $15 million in venture capital, the site was acquired by Jack Dorsey’s Square for $90 million in August 2014.


Hollywood & Entertainment: Blake Lively

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Actor-Founder Blake Lively has had an extremely busy year- not only furthering her already glowing Hollywood career, but starting her own website: Preserve. The website sells clothes, food, and home goods; Lively is personally responsible for everything – it’s not just a hobby! The new mum has a lot on her plate, and is handling it well, we’re sure Blake’s success will continue to grow through 2015 and beyond.


Media: Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin

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Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin are Cofounders of theSkimm; a daily newsletter that has a host of subscribers including Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker and many many more – over one million people in fact. The pair were tired of working for news, feeling they were just “information concierges” to educated friends who lacked the time to follow current events. However, their passion for current affairs carried them through and the pair came up with a new, innovative way to follow their dreams. In the past year they have raised $6.25 million and partnered with, it seems 2015 will bring this pair even more success.


Music: Tyler Hubbard & Brian Kelley

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Music duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly have re-awakened peoples’ love for country music. The pair’s single ‘Cruise’ moved 8 million units, and their new album Anything Goes sold 197,000 copies in its opening week. Kelley told Forbes ‘Country’s more of a lifestyle’, he continued, ‘the music’s always going to evolve’. There’s certainly a great future ahead for these two young musicians.

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