Forty five Indians and Indian- origin people have made it to Forbes' annual list of achievers under the age of 30 who are "changing the rules of the game or creating entirely new playbooks" across varied fields.
The Forbes fifth annual '30 Under 30' list features 600 women and men, who are America's "most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars" and are "changing the world" across 20 varied sectors such as consumer technology, education, media, manufacturing and industry, law and policy, social entrepreneurs, science and art and science.
"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," Forbes said.
In the consumer tech segment is 22-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, billed to be the Airbnb of India. "In a country that lacks a steady supply of budget hotel chains, Oyo has developed a network of 2,200 small hotels in 100 cities across India," Forbes said. Others in the field are 28-year old Gagan Biyani and Neeraj Berry who co-founded Sprig, a mobile app that lets one find and order healthy meals and have them delivered quickly and 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."
In the Hollywood and entertainment field is 27-year-old Canadian Lily Singh, writer-comedian and "part of a new generation of stars that has used YouTube to gain a following". Among the persons of Indian-origin is Nila Das, 27, is Vice President at Citigroup and is a mortgage bond trader running the bank's secondary trading in agency collateralized mortgage obligations, overseeing billions of dollars in volume each day.
The others making a mark in finance are 29-year-old Divya Nettimi, an investment analyst at Viking Global Investors, who co-managed Harvard Business School's Alpha Fund while getting her MBA, 29-year-old Vikas Patel, a senior analyst at hedge fund 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.