2019's Most Influential Male Celebrities Under 30, According To Forbes

08 December 2019
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This year's crop of famous dudes setting agendas and having historic emergences in their respective fields.

In a world where it's possible to get your 15 minutes of fame just about anywhere, the young people making their imprint on society are earning influence and driving change on an unprecedented level. Never before has youth culture had the power to drive social change as it does right now, and Forbes' 30 Under 30 list has shed light on the this year's generation of male celebrities changing opinions, changing their respective industries, and breaking down boundaries as they do so.

"Every year we are more and more inspired by the growing number of young people who have made it their mission to change the world through innovation, entrepreneurialism, and drive, and this year’s class is no exception,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise.

"The Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the preeminent recognition for the most up-and-coming visionaries, game-changers and pioneers the world has to offer – and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next."

Check out the full list of men honoured below.

Name: Lil Nas X

Age: 20
What he does: Lil Nas arguably had the single of 2019 with country-rap hit Old Town Road, which so far has clocked up 1.8 billion streams in the US alone and spent more than a third of the year atop the Billboard singles chart. 

Name: Tyler, The Creator

Age: 28
What he does: A rapper who released one of 2019's most unique and influential albums in IGOR. This year has been the year in which his public persona has matured and flourished simultaneously, as he continues to deal with more and more mature content in his work.

Name: Finn Wolfhard

Age: 16
What he does: One of the young case who have emerged as breakout stars in Stranger Things, Wolfhard has distinguished himself as perhaps the member of the gang with the most star power, having starred in It: Chapter 2 and modelled in a campaign for Saint Laurent.

Name: Cole and Dylan Sprouse

Age: 27
What they do: The twin Disney stars have had rennaisance years in 2019, with Cole emerging as a bona fide star through both a turn in Five Feet Apart and his role as Jughead in the wildly popular Riverdale. Dylan is also emerging as a force in the indie movie scene.

Name: Ezra Miller

Age: 27
What he does: The star of The Flash and this year's Fantastic Beasts sequel, Miller has also emerged as a fashion heavyweight with his eye-catching red carpet looks, and as a leading voice in the conversation surrounding sexual harassment in Hollywood and the representation of non-binary people in the media.

Name: Paul George

Age: 29
What he does: Still sticking around as one of the most dominant forces in the NBA, George remains an icon in the NBA, enjoying perhaps his most influential season yet during 2018-19 in the absence of Russell Westbrook at the OKC Thunder.

Name: Finneas O'Connell

Age: 22
What he does: The brother of teen sensation Billie Eilish, he quietly works as the creative force behind the pop megastar's meteoric rise to prominence, having produced her debut album.

Name: Luke Combs

Age: 29
What he does: Perhaps the hottest name in country music right now, Combs is the leading voice in the genre, grossing hundreds of thousands of dollars per tour stop and regularly racking up Billboard country number 1's.

Name: Christian Pulisic

Age: 21
What he does: The most exciting talent in US football right now, Pulisic has breathed life back into the male side of the game in the US. He's made the most of a record-breaking move from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea this year, and at just 21, is just getting started.

Name: Patrick Mahomes

Age: 24
What he does: Already one of the NFL's most dominant forces, Mahomes has established himself as the most talented Quarterback (and leader) of his generation. In his rookie year, he was the NFL MVP, becoming one of just three QBs to throw 50 touchdowns in a single season in the process.

Name: Bobby Wagner

Age: 29
What he does: One of the NFL's most successful linebackers, Wagner has also flourished as a unique business magnate off the field. He owns his own cultural leadership investment fund and made millions off of an investment into Denali therapeutics, and has become a model of how to juggle life in and out of elite sport.

Name: Maluma

Age: 25
What he does: Following on from Bad Baby as one of the leading voices in Reggaeton, Maluma has been the strongest force in the genre this year. He's earned four Billboard top 10 singles this year alone, and now grosses in excess of half a million dollars per tour stop.

Name: Jharrell Jerome

Age: 22
What he does: Jerome gave perhaps the most heart-wrenching, captivating performance in TV this year as Koney Wise of the Central Park Five in Netflix's When They See Us.

Name: Klay Thompson

Age: 29
What he does: Even after years of success with the Golden State Warriors, Thompson was perhaps the standout in yet another NBA year where they made the finals, earning himself a five-year, $190 million dollar contract in the process. His brief moment on the court making a free throw with a torn ACL will go down as one of the great moments in NBA finals history.

Name: Jaboukie Young-White

Age: 25
What he does: A force for both black and LBGT representation in stand-up comedy, Young-White has also emerged as one of the most influential writers in TV, having played a promising role in both American Vandal, Big Mouth, and The Daily Show.

Name: DaBaby

Age: 27
What he does: Arguably the single greatest musical success story of 2019, DaBaby's rise to prominence in hip-hop has been historic. His two debut albums, both released this year, have enjoyed wild commercial success, and he scored his first number 1 album with Kirk.


Via GQ Australia