Forbes 30 Under 30 Announces Class Of 2021; Ben Simmons, Roddy Rich, Doja Cat, Polo G and More

Forbes has officially announced the class of 2021 for their 10th Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The list includes 600 members, including entertainers, activists, entrepreneurs, and scientists.

“Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital frontlines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs. Our Under 30 trailblazers have collectively raised over $1 billion in venture funding and are proof positive that ambition and innovation can’t be quarantined. ” Forbes said.

Here is a list of a few notable inductees.

Ben Simmons is a 24-year-old point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. His five-year playing contract is worth $177 million-plus an additional $6 million in annual endorsements from Nike, SmartWater, and Beats by Dre.  Simmons holds an impressive investment portfolio, including esports company FaZe Clan and technology company Hyperice. “My strategy here is simple: to invest in what I know and believe in,” says the gamer. “I think the future of esports is as strong as the NBA’s.” Simmons Said.
Roddy Rich is a 22-year-old Grammy award-winning artist. The Compton rapper is worth $20 million. Following his mentor’s steps, late rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, Rich is an investor in commercial real estate. He is currently working on a foundation to teach financial literacy to residents in home town. “Investing in Compton, I just felt like my duty.” Rich Said.

Doja Cat is a 25-year-old Grammy-nominated musician from LA. Her 2019 album ‘Hot Pink’ has half a billion Spotify plays. She also won MTV’s 2020 PUSH Best New Artist Award.

Polo G has played a part in raising money and awareness for several non-profits in his hometown of Chicago. His Gold-certified album “The GOAT” sold 99,000 units in its first week. Polo G recently becomes a record label owner. Only Dreamers Achieve Records, in partnership with Columbia Records, was launched in September.

Marques Brownlee is a 26-year-old YouTuber. His channel, MKBHD, has over 13 million subscribers and 700 million views in just 12 months. Reviewing products from the tech industry has allowed him the platform to hold sitdown interviews with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Astead Herndon is a national politics reporter at the New York Times. His coverage of  Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s campaigns has gained him a great deal of notoriety. He is responsible for building and shaping the bridge for race and identity at the New York Times and CNN.

Patrice Caldwell is the founder of People of Color in Publishing. The 29-year-old is also the author of “A Phoenix First Must Burn,” a collection of fantasy stories.

Many great names have been added to the list. We would like to take this time to congratulate all of the new inductees to the Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list. We expect to see many great things out of the class of 2021.


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Nataé Robinson, Also Known as Queen Tay or Tay Yonce is an Pan Afrikan Journalist From NYC. Nataé Pledges to re-write America’s narrative for the betterment of its citizens

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