Most influential under 30

It may be subjective, but power is always subjective. And everyone on this list, from celebrities to tech moguls, has it in spades.

5. Nick’D Aloisio, founder of Summly

At 15, he developed news app Summly, and at 17, he sold it to Yahoo for upwards of $30 million. Yahoo then brought him on as project manager to develop the Yahoo News Digest, an iteration of Summly. D’Aloisio’s work for Yahoo earned him international recognition as a programming prodigy, as well as a coveted Apple Design Award in 2014.

Today, the self-made millionaire attends Oxford University while managing Yahoo News Digest part-time.

4. Ryan Israel, Partner at Perishing Squre Capital

Today, he’s sold more than 5 million records and counting and continues to play sold-out shows across the country. Smith’s also been a voice for gay rights, speaking out against homophobia and featuring a gay marriage ceremony in his recent video for “Lay Me Down.”

3. Sam Smith, Musical artist

Today, he’s sold more than 5 million records and counting and continues to play sold-out shows across the country. Smith’s also been a voice for gay rights, speaking out against homophobia and featuring a gay marriage ceremony in his recent video for “Lay Me Down.”

2. Ariana Grande, Musical artist

She got her start as Cat on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” but Grande was quick to shed her child-star image. The 21-year-old topped the charts last year with several hits, including “Problem,” “Break Free,” and “Bang Bang.” Her sophomore album, “My Everything,” became her second No. 1 album in under a year, following 2013’s “Yours Truly,” and selling 169,000 copies its opening week.

1. ALex Banayan, venture capitalist

As a VC, Banayan, now 22, travels the country making pitches, attending conferences, and hosting events. He’s also advised on projects for Lady Gaga and Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, according to Forbes. Banayan has written for both Tech Crunch and The Washington Post and is still working on his book about career success.

 

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