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
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,"
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
"He was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer, dropped
out of school to find a cure and he has made some progress,"
The full list will be published in the Jan. 21 issue of
Forbes and can also be found at www.forbes.com/under 30 .
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Paul Casciato and