Forbes has released its annual 30 Under 30 list, recognizing 30 young business and industry figures in twenty different industries. Launched in 2011, the list – according to Forbes – boasts “600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.” This year’s Retail & Ecommerce and Art & Style lists included some interesting individuals, ranging from Amber Venz Box, the 29-year-old co-founder of LikeToKnowIt, the fashion industry's favorite platform the make money from identifying the garments and accessories included in social media imagery to Kylie Jenner, the 19-year old reality television star-turned-budding cosmetics mogul. See highlights from lists below …
1. Jennifer Chong, 28, Cofounder of Linjer: Chong has been able to keep prices low for her minimalist leather goods and watches - designed in Oslo, Norway, and Florence - by cutting out the middleman. Linjer generated a cool $1 million in sales in 2015 (after launching in 2014) and projects 2016 revenues of $3.5 million. Also: there's a wait list for the company's $245 modern doctor's bag.
2. Marta Jamrozik, 26, and Misha Laskin, 26, Co-founders, Claire: With artificial intelligence being all the rage, Jamrozik and Laskin are an interesting (and timely) addition to this year's list. The duo built an artificially intelligent chatbot that allows millions of users to provide product feedback in real-time, including identifying bestsellers and worst performers early on. Some of their clients: Kohl's Alex and Ani, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rent the Runway.
3. Peche Di, 27, Model and Founder, Trans Models: Thai beauty queen and transgender model Di founded Trans Models, a New York-based trans modeling agency in 2015. Clients include Budweiser and Smirnoff.
4. Julian Connor, 27 and Arun Gupta, 28, Co-founders, Grailed: Together with co-founder Jason Metzger, 30, Gupta and Connor launched Grailed, a curated, peer-to-peer marketplace for high-end secondhand menswera and streetwear in 2013.
5. Steven Izen, 26, Founder Lokai: Izen's Lokai brand of beaded bracelets has become a bona fide phenomenon, on sale at more than 5,000 locations in 170 countries. The $18 rubber bangles each contain a droplet of mud from the Dead Sea and water from Mount Everest to represent life's highs and lows. Izen gives 10% of his net proceeds to charity and has raised over $7 million to date.
6. Kylie Jenner, 19, Founder, Kylie Cosmetics: The reality TV star's Kylie Cosmetics line has gone from strength to strength with each incarnation of its $29 Lip Kits, which routinely sell out upon release every single time. Sources close to the teen suggest that the glosses did over $1 million in revenues in 2016 alone, which combined with her other ventures put her in the number two spot on the list of KArdashian/Jenner highest earners.
7. Lauren Kassen, 29, Co-founder, The Wing: Former ClassPass director, Kassan launched an all-women social club and co-working space in New York in 2016, raising $2.4 million from investors. Next up? She and co-founder Audrey Gelman hope to take their idea to other cities, and as indicated by the social media conversation (complete with hashtag, BringTheWing), there is a ton of demand for expansion.
8. Furqan Khan, 29, Founder, Kixify: His online marketplace allows sneakerheads a chance to buy and sell, including via its app, which has over 128,000 downloads. Khan is also the founder and publisher of KicksOnFire.com, a popular sneaker site with over 1.2 million fans on Facebook.
9. Danielle Bernstein, 24, Blogger, WeWoreWhat: With 1.5 million Instagram followers, Bernstain has the kind of influence brands are willing to pay for: $6-15k for one post. What started as a fashion blog in 2010 now includes two of Bernstein's own brands: Second Skin Overalls and Archive shoes. (Now if only she would clearly disclose her sponsored posts!)
10. Jake Rosenberg, 29, Co-founder, Coveteur: Launched as a passion project in 2011 when Rosenberg was 23, Coveteur started as an online publication that explored the interiors and coveted possessions of celebs and syle setters. Now it also produces lucrative native ad campaigns for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and W hotels. Expected 2016 revenue: $6 million.
11. Amber Venz Box, 29, Co-founder, LikeToKnowIt: In 2014, Box launched LikeToKnow.It, the only ready-to-shop commerce service in Instagram, allowing browsers to click through from the app to e-commerce sites to buy clothes worn by their favorite celebs or from a curated feed.
12. Claudia Li, 28, Fashion Designer: Li debuted her fall collection during New York Fashion Week in 2015. Born in China and raised in New Zealand and Singapore, she studied in London, worked for J.W. Anderson and earned her Master's degree at Parsons in New York.
13. Petra Collins, 24, Artist: At 15, Toronto-born Collins started taking photographs and has since shot campaigns for adidas and appeared in ones for Gucci and Calvin Klein.
14. James Charles, 17, Makeup artist: In 2016, CoverGirl named high school senior James Charles as its first male ambassador after he started an Instagram account in 2015 "to inspire others to be confident in themselves," and racked up over 1 million followers.
15. Julia Gudish Krieger, 28, Founder, VillageLuxe: Former venture capitalist and Harvard grad, Krieger founded a Rent the Runway for your closet in 2014. The invitation-only site, which has a waitlist of thousands - rents designer items like Hermes Birkin bags and Chanel boots for roughly $200 per week.