Forty-Five Indians Make It To The Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List


The Forbes’ list of achievers under the age of 30, which is announced annually, is finally out. The list includes 45 Indians and Indian-origin people who are “changing the rules of the game or creating entirely new playbooks” across varied fields.

The ‘30 Under 30’ list, this year, includes 600 women and men who are considered to be America’s “most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars” and who are “changing the world” across 20 different areas such as consumertechnology, education, media, manufacturing and industry, law and policy, social entrepreneurs, science and art and science.

According to Forbes, “In the past, youth was a handicap to professional success. Getting older meant more resources, more knowledge, more money. No more. Those who grew up in the tech age have way bigger ambitions perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in. If you want to change the world, being under 30 is now an advantage.”

The first Indian in the list is Ritesh Agarwal, the 22-year-old who is the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms and who has changed the world in the consumer tech segment. The next name is of 28-year old Gagan Biyani and Neeraj Berry, who have co-founded Sprig, a mobile app which allows one to find and order healthy meals and have them delivered quickly. The next in the list is 25-year-old Karishma Shah, the youngest hire at Alphabet’s Google X so-called moonshot factory, where the search giant places “smart people to come up with far-out technologies that can be applied to world’s big problems.”

The name which has emerged victorious in the field of Hollywood and entertainment is 27-year-old Canadian Lily Singh, who is a writer-comedian and “part of a new generation of stars that has used YouTube to gain a following”.

The names of people of Indian origin who have made it to the list include Nila Das, who is the Vice President at Citigroup, 29-year-old Divya Nettimi, an investment analyst at Viking Global Investors, who has left her mark in the area of finance, 29-year-old Vikas Patel, a senior analyst at Millennium Management and 29-year-old Neel Rai,  an investment analyst at Caxton Associates, where he is part of a three-person team managing USD 600 million portfolio at pioneering macro hedge fund.

Indian-origin people, who have created a mark in the field of venture capital, are 26-year-old Vishal Lugani, a senior associate at Greycroft Partners and 27-year-old Amit Mukherjee, senior associate at New Enterprise Associates.

The names, which have emerged victorious in the media arena, include 27-year-old Nisha Chittal, manager of social media and community at MSNBC and Ashish Patel, senior vice president of Social Media at NowThis Media.

In the manufacturing segment,the name which has made it to the list is 28-year-old Sampriti Bhattacharyya, an MIT grad student who has developed underwater drones that are capable of autonomously communicating and working together to scan the ocean to look for lost planes, or measure oil spills or radiation under the sea and 29-year-old Saagar Govil, CEO of Cemtrex which produces environmental products and electronics solutions.

The social entrepreneurof Indian origin, who has found a place in this list, is 28-year-old Anoop Jain, who is the founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India, which builds toilets, collects human waste and uses methane coming off that excrement to create clean water.

In the segment of law and policy,the names which have surged up are 26-year-old Ashish Kumbhat, a monetary policy expert in the Federal Reserve Board, 27-year-old Dipayan Ghosh, privacy and public policy advisor at Facebook and 28-year-old Anisha Singh, the former lead of the international policy division of United Sikhs. The name which has created a mark in the field of science is 29-year old Sanjam Garg, assistant professor at the University of California Berkeley.