For the last six years, Forbes has been putting together their 30 Under 30 list, which they say offers “an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.” There are 20 different lists across 20 industries for a total of 600 honorees and if you’re wondering whether any Latinos made the cut, the answer is “¡claro que sí!” Here are just a few of them.
Bethany Mota, 21
Aside from being a YouTube-vlogging extraordinaire with more than 26 million followers across social media, Mota is an entrepreneur who has partnered with Aeropostale, Forever 21, and Target. Oh, you may have also seen her on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Gabriel Mesa, 16
What were you doing when you were 16? At 16, Mesa has already invented the Carbon Battery and a piezo-powered treatment for diabetic neuropathy. Mind blowing, right?
Melissa Villaseñor, 29
Hallelujah, “Saturday Night Live” has a Latina cast member and her name is Melissa Villaseñor. Her celebrity impressions are, well, impressive. Her J.Lo is almost TOO good.
Miguel Garza, 29
Garza’s sister Veronica started making almond flour tortillas because she has an auto-immune disease that prohibits her from eating any grains. Miguel knew the tortillas were ready to satisfy the cravings of a bigger group of people once they got his abuelita’s seal of approval. He started selling the tortillas to grocery stores and co-founded Siete Family Foods, which now brings in over $1 million a year.
Eliana Murillo, 28
Harvard grad, Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google (yes, the Google) and CMO of her family’s organic tequila company, Tequila Alquimia.
See everyone who scored a spot on the lists here.
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