Gabby Douglas, Adele among brightest young stars -Forbes magazine

Patricia Reaney
Reuters Middle East

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Fashion designer Carly Cushnie,

actress Kate McKinnon and videogame creator Kim Swift may not be

household names yet, but they are destined to do great things

and will be tomorrow's young stars, Forbes magazine said on


Along with Olympic Gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas,

rapper Wiz Khalifa and researcher Josh Sommer, they have been

chosen by the magazine for its "30 Under 30" list of top

achievers under 30 years old in their fields.

They are considered the top 30 achievers in 15 categories

ranging from education, energy, music, science and healthcare to

sports, technology games and apps and marketing.

"This is a celebration of youthful ambition and success.

These are really amazing people and they are doing amazing

things. It makes you very hopeful about the world," Michael

Noer, the executive editor of Forbes, said in an interview.

Many on the list, including singers Bruno Mars and Justin

Bieber, as well as actresses Ashley and May Kate Olsen and

fashion designer Alexander Wang, the newly appointed creative

director at the French fashion house Balenciaga, are already

well known.

Some are returnees to the list that was launched last year -

like British singer and new mother Adele, the 24-year-old

multiple Grammy Award winner, and American entrepreneur Kevin


Noer said there has been a 60 percent turnover since 2011,

so there are plenty of new faces on the list drawn up by Forbes

staff and industry experts.

"I think there are a lot of interesting names on the list,"

he said.

In energy, it is 28-year-old Leslie Dewan, a Massachusetts

Institute of Technology graduate and co-founder and chief

science officer of Transatomic Power.

"They are developing a new type of nuclear reactor that uses

nuclear waste," said Noer.

In music, Pittsburgh-bred Khalifa, 25, topped the list.

Swift, the 29-year-old creative director at Airtight Games, was

noted for creating hit videogame Portal.

"Kate McKinnon, the actress from 'Saturday Night Live' who

just joined in April is our Hollywood selection. She is being

hailed as the next Tina Fey," Noer said.

Sommer, the executive director of the Chordoma Foundation

which raises funds for research into chordoma, a rare,

slow-growing bone cancer most commonly found in the spine, is

another young achiever, according to Forbes.

Sommer created the foundation with his mother after being

diagnosed with the disease while a student at Duke University in

North Carolina.

"He was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer, dropped

out of school to find a cure and he has made some progress,"

said Noer.

The full list will be published in the Jan. 21 issue of

Forbes and can also be found at 30 .

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Paul Casciato and

Mohammad Zargham)

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