WeWork’s Adam Neumann Comes In at No. 1, Followed By Tesla’s JB Straubel at No. 2; Taylor Swift is No. 6 and John Oliver Cracks the Top 10
Fortune reveals its all new 40 Under 40 list of the most influential young people in business.
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For the first time in the list’s seven-year history, everyone is a newcomer. WeWork’s Adam Neumann takes the No. 1 spot, Tesla’s JB Straubel is at No. 2, and the No. 3 position is split between Uber’s Ryan Graves, Lyft’s Logan Green and John Zimmer and Didi Kuaidi’s Cheng Wei and Jean Liu.
Fortune editors write of this year’s list: “We may think we live in the age of the tech unicorn, but disruption is coming at us from all corners of industry, as our 2015 ranking of the most influential young people in business shows. There are tech names here, yes, but also stars in health care, autos, finance, food, real estate, comedy, and even ultimate fighting… the one thing these mavericks have in common: They make their own rules. For the first time our list is 100% brand-new.”
Top 10 of Fortune’s 2015 40 under 40:
1. Adam Neumann – Co-founder and CEO, WeWork
2. JB Straubel – Chief Technical Officer, Tesla
3. Ryan Graves – Uber; Logan Green and John Zimmer, Lyft; Cheng Wei and Jean Liu, Didi Kuaidi
4. Dhivya Suryadevara – VP Finance/Treasurer, GM and CEO, GM Asset Management
5. James Park – Co-founder and CEO, Fitbit
6. Taylor Swift – Entertainer
7. Vas Narasimhan – Global Head of Development, Novartis Pharmaceuticals
8. Jason Robins – Co-founder and CEO, DraftKings
9. Daniel Schwartz – CEO, Restaurant Brands International
10. John Oliver – Host and Executive Producer, Last Week Tonight
Fortune Editor Alan Murray writes in his editor’s letter: “I recently passed my first anniversary as editor of this magazine and now feel entitled to have favorites among our annual franchises. Top of my list: 40 Under 40…It’s not just the exuberance of youth that makes this group so compelling. It is the message they send about their generation and our future. They see no obstacle too big to overcome, no challenge that can’t be met…. They accept no limits…. Markets will wax and wane, but the revolution will continue, and these extraordinary people will be leading the way.”
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is No. 1, Google Co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page come in at No. 2, followed by Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk at No. 3.