Like they always do at this time, “Forbes Magazine” released its prestigious 30 Under 30 list of top influencers it believes are currently and will continue to impact the world in a major way. The business finance publication explored twenty categories including education, health, media, Hollywood, sports, music, technology, and more. It also enlisted the respected counsel of All-Star Judges to contribute to the selection process of choosing “600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.” Houston Rockets James Harden, Nike’s Phil Knight, and Wasserman Media Group’s Casey Wasserman, were bestowed this honor for anointing the sports industry’s Top 30. Their criteria? “To make our list, we look for those who either flex brawn, brains or both to be game changers on and off the field,” says Forbes. And it was no easy feat. According to the publication, landing a spot on the coveted 30 Under 30 list is more challenging than being accepted into Harvard or Stanford.
Here’s a snapshot of who made the cut:
- Three NFL players (Denver Broncos Von Miller, New York Giants Odell Beckham, Jr. and New England Patriots Martellus Bennett) are included
- Two MLB players (Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts and Chris Sales) are included
- Two NBA players (Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving) are included
- Two WNBA players (Los Angeles Sparks Nneka Ogwumike and Chicago Sky Elena Delle Donne) are included
- Gymnast and four-time Olympic Gold medalist Simone Biles represents the “Final Five”
- Sydney LeRoux is the only US Soccer player included
- Fox Sports TV Host Katie Nolan is the only sports media personality included
- Social Media titans Twitter (Andrew Barge) and Facebook (Evan Shugerman) are represented
- Two professional sport front offices (Philadelphia 76ers (Akshay Khanna) and San Francisco 49ers (Collin Meador)) are included
- The list of 30 includes 9 women
View the full 30 Under 30: Sports honorees list here. And watch a Featured Honoree profile on Von Miller, the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, below.