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Forbes today unveiled its second annual “30 Under 30” listing of tomorrow’s brightest stars: 30 amazing individuals in 15 categories under the age of 30 (available at www.forbes.com/under30). Forbes collaborated with experts in diverse industries to develop a list of 450 people under 30 who are making waves today, and who are destined to still be shaking things up years from now.

The 15 categories include Art & Style, Education, Energy, Finance, Food & Wine, Games & Apps, Hollywood, Law &Policy, Media, Marketing & Advertising, Music, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports and Technology. Some already well-known names (age included) are: musicians Adele (24), Bruno Mars (27) and Justin Bieber (18); U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas (17); fashion designers Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen (26); Miami Heat forward LeBron James (28), Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28), Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp (26); New York Times Reporter Brian Stelter (27); and Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore (27).

Some of the standouts on the list (who will also be featured in the January 21 issue of Forbes magazine) include Josh Sommer (24), founder of the Chordoma Foundation; Pittsburgh-bred rapper Wiz Khalifa (25); Kim Swift (29), creative director at Airtight Games and creator of the hit videogame Portal; Rachel Haot (28), chief digital officer, City of New York; Deron Williams (28), point guard for the Brooklyn Nets; Todd Hunter (29), creative executive at CAA Marketing; Carly Cushnie (28), fashion designer; Kate McKinnon (28), a brilliant new Saturday Night Live cast member; Josh Miller (22), CEO of a new social media company called Branch; Jeremy Johnson (28), co-founder of online education startup 2U and Matt Mullenweg (28), creator of WordPress.

According to Forbes Executive Editor, Michael Noer, “The 30 under 30 represent the best creative, intellectual and entrepreneurial energy of an entire generation. These are people that you will be hearing about for a very long time. They exemplify the positive spirit of entrepreneurial capitalism that Forbes has championed for nearly a century.”

Among the panel of this year’s industry experts are: Stacey Snider, co-chairman/CEO of DreamWorks Studios; Dennis Crowley, co-founder and CEO of Foursquare; Mark Cuban, owner, Dallas Mavericks; Bill Drayton, CEO and founder, Ashoka; Nathan Paul Myhrvold, founder, CEO of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft; Bryan “Birdman” Williams, co-founder, Cash Money Records; Danny Meyer, restaurateur; Pejman Nozad, founding general partner, Amidzad; and Jeffrey Deitch, art dealer.

On Forbes.com, readers can access descriptions of each of these young bright stars, as well as links to their LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

For the complete list, videos, and more, visit www.forbes.com/under30.

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