The world is brimming with men and women with potential. No matter the ethnicity, race, or color, countless people have proven that anything is possible with hardwork and dedication to their pursuits. From artists, musicians, and performers to entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, and innovators, these people did not undergo the easy road toward the peak of their careers. They must have had countless failures before reaching where they are now. It is noteworthy that each of them has made a breakthrough even before reaching 40. LA Wire features 40 successful individuals under 40 to celebrate their success and share their stories:
- Mark Zuckerberg
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Mark Zuckerberg is a man who does not need an introduction. As the creator and CEO of the largest social media networking site, Mark is not a stranger to anyone. He founded Facebook in 2004 when he was still a 19-year-old student at Harvard University. The American media magnate has immensely grown Facebook’s influence and reach, which constitutes the bulk of his net worth. Zuckerberg is estimated to have a net worth of $100 billion in 2020.
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- Milica Todovic
Milica Todovic is the Founder and owner of Milica.com, a health and wellness company that has helped countless people achieve their fitness and body goals. Coupled with the right mindset and determination, the fitness programs that Milica offers her clients is sure to lead them to the right path.
As a child, Milica was physically active. She went on to train in Karate, earn a Black belt, and snatch the Karate World Championship three times. Now a New York-based entrepreneur running her fitness company, she applies her experience and discipline to help her clients. Milica believes that her company is perfect for all clients, for at the core of Milica.com is passion, hard work, and never giving up.
- Steven Ridzyowski
Steven Ridzyowski is an e-commerce expert and marketing genius, especially with his new agency Ecommerce Marketing Agency, which offers a turnkey solution for e-commerce. Steve has mastered everything from product research, to product trends, to marketing in all kinds of niches. He’s built multiple 6- to 7-figure e-commerce brands in the past five years and is looking to scale his agency to over 100 clients beginning 2021.
- Chloe Freedman
Chloe Freedman is a music manager, zealous entrepreneur, A&R, and Red Tape Management founder. She shares an incredible passion for serving the entertainment industry and has had the luxury to work with renowned artists such as Saweetie, Lady Leshurr, Lariss, and many more.
She has been fortunate enough to gain valuable experience working with top music executives and producers, including Cory Rooney, Rodney Jerkins, and Max Gousse.
Chloe is motivated by the drive to build Red Tape Management into a groundbreaking platform for aspiring artists and creatives, with plans to make her business an international success.
- Steven Kronick
Steven Kronick is a Christian American entrepreneur who loves God, love, evangelism, and inspiring people. He started his entrepreneurial career before age 10, incorporated his first branding business in high school, sold it at 21, then built VisualTargeting®. His company is an international entertainment monopoly used in 182 nations and was launched from a Malibu Beach mountaintop mansion. It is trusted by Fortune 500s, businesses, best sellers, and celebrities. VisualTargeting® wants to “share the Good News with all the world,” promote that “God has made everything beautiful,” and that “perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” Steven received three patents for VisualTargeting® with multi-billion-dollar valuations, and he was awarded the Worldwide Humanitarian Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for innovation and philanthropy, together with an honorable Trillionaire title.
- Alan Grimandi
Alan Grimandi is an award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur COO of ArtTour International, a revolutionary multimedia art platform that reaches over ten million viewers worldwide. He received the “Best First Time Director” and “Top Documentary” by New York Film Awards for his film “Kintsugi-The Line Of Destiny.
Grimandi directs the”ArtTour International TV Show, which airs every Thursday at 5:30 pm in NYC on Spectrum. The show received the “Public Media Awards of Excellence” in 2018 and 2019.
- Kaila Methven
Kaila is the founder of Madame Methven. She debuted her collection at LA Fashion Week. Since then, she has been featured in magazines, including The Sun, Business Insider, BASIC, and Maxim US. Her designs have been seen on many celebrities, including Katharine McPhee, Demi Lovato, Apollonia Kotero, Kitty Brucknell, and cast members of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is also an LGBT activist. Kaila is a five-time award-winning designer, and she invented a 1.5 million dollar bra. She has posed with over 14 million dollars worth of diamonds, the most expensive cover shoot in history. Forbes has clarified her new multimillion-dollar contract with EDM, as the new face and designer worldwide. The lingerie designer also has a reality show coming out; networks are negotiating in battles for the next Kim Kardashian.
- Alaina Fingal
Alaina is an accountant, certified financial coach, author, and content creator. She helps busy people who struggle with budgeting and time management use a paper planner to get organized.
She shares her easy approach to productivity and finances through her YouTube channel and has amassed over 55,000 subscribers and 3 million views on the platform.
Her work has been featured in Yahoo Finance, the New York Weekly, the Huffington Post, and many other publications.
Alaina lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband Torrey and their two daughters, Tori Michelle and Alyssa Jade.
- Earnest Epps
Earnest Epps is an international speaker, digital marketing entrepreneur, and CEO of High Ticket eCom Secrets. Earnest has ten years of marketing and sales experience and has been able to take both offline and online marketing strategies to help people combine them both into a marketing powerhouse for running successful online e-commerce businesses.
- Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an icon in the world of boxing. He is currently a boxing promoter with years of experience inside the ring. He’s a five-division world champion and twelve-time world champion, and he owns the boxing promotion company Mayweather Promotions, LLC. Mayweather, Jr. is estimated to have a net worth of over $450 million and total fight earnings of $1.1 billion.
- Elaine Danielle Small
Elaine Small is a 30-year-old female from New York. Prior to the pandemic, she started the Brooklyn Ubuciko Festival, a celebration of the diaspora. When the pandemic hit, she then turned to the virtual world. She said, “It is necessary that we do not forget the arts. For our community, the arts is how we stay alive. Arts is how we express ourselves, and here we created a community to express your art.”
At the young age of 24, Voiceveray is a gospel musician from Columbus, Ohio, and he is making waves in the music industry with his dedication to creating music that is in line with the gospel. He’s founder and CEO of Voices Choices Studios, that helps aspiring gospel artists to create the premium quality sound that they need to thrive in the industry. He also possesses a unique and versatile sound while touching on numerous genres, including R&B, soul, rock, country, pop, reggae, and more.
The talented musician is skilled in mixing, mastering, and engineering music. Voiceveray’s breaking the internet being broadcasted countless times in the news from, ABC, US Reporters 30 Under 30 at #23, New York Weekly’s Top 10 Businesses of 2020 at #6, Music Observers Top 20 Artists of 2020 at #8, Business Insider, Music Industry Weekly, EIN News, and plenty more! This powerhouse Voiceveray has built, gained him a decent following of around 30K and counting, across the board. Check out his debut single “Popout” music video on YouTube.
- Joshua Smith Bowman
Joshua Smith Bowman is a visionary, designer, humanitarian, and founder of JPURE. Based in Los Angeles, JPURE is a lifestyle brand that creates bold and evolving fashions that reflect the modern values of living a Pure Life. Influenced by his mother’s strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit, Joshua brings an individual touch to crafting garments that are both dynamic and purpose-driven.
Through his intelligent, transitional designs, Joshua extends his commitment to being inclusive. By making clothing that is both affordable and high end, JPURE pieces suit everyone. Joshua believes everyone deserves a chance to find happiness in their lives and considers it his duty to create a safe space for people to be themselves.
A former Real Estate agent, investor, and paramedic, Joshua, an avid dog lover. He splits his time between LA and his homes in Florida.
- James Hyland
James Hyland is the co-founder of Global Tour Creatives, the world’s leading entertainment creative agency. Hyland works alongside business partners Russell Treacy and Lee Walsh to create tour marketing assets for clients, such as Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Eagles, Harry Styles, Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Green Day, and many more. GTC is the creative agency of choice for the majority of the top 50 grossing North American Tours.
- Russell Spence
Russell Spence is shaking up the cannabis industry by offering a $1-a-day cannabis product to ensure that anyone who needs help gets it. Russell said, “We are about helping people over profits at Airmid Hemp Extracts. Our small batch handcrafted products are the best on the market. I know as I personally make every bottle that goes out the door. I’m fortunate that I was instilled with a great work ethic from a young age and have always been good at making money. This allows me to make Airmid hemp extracts a passion project to where helping people comes first over profits.”
- Colin Daugherty McDowell
Colin Daugherty McDowell is the principal broker for mortgage companies nationwide, an entrepreneur, and public speaker. His mission is to develop brokers and drive revenue by optimizing how their companies acquire, retain, and service clients. He attributes his success to the 14+ years of working within corporate finance within mortgage operations for Fortune 500 companies, one of which is currently #25. Colin has helped optimize and scale companies, doing so with innovative strategies, dissecting, analyzing, and correcting problems. It is evident the industry is embracing Colin, named a new industry “thought leader” by multiple publications nationwide.
- Keithen Lewis
Keithen Lewis is a 20-year-old entrepreneur who has worked with half a dozen seven-figure companies since he got started in the digital marketing space at 17. Keithen has been able to use his rhetoric and persuasion skills to close hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales for other Marketing agencies. Now Keithen is focused on getting even better results for his clients through his own company M&P Marketing. Focused on helping other marketing agencies develop proven sales systems, M&P Marketing acts as a done-for-you scaling partner for agencies who want to take their business to the next level.
- Neel Elsherif
Neel grew up in Cairo, Egypt. At age 18, just after graduating from high school, she booked a one-way ticket to the US in hopes of pursuing the life and career she envisioned for herself, earning a scholarship at Moore College of Art and Design taking up a BFA in Fashion Design, and doubled with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship.
Straight out of college, Neel worked her way up in the fashion industry, starting as a couture designer. Last year, she founded both her companies and attained 5-year goals in under seven months. She is now focusing on globalizing her business and is currently enrolled in the Executive Business program at Harvard.
- B Taylor
Renowned musician, B. Taylor has been blessed with great musicianship and the ability to play four instruments—piano, drums, guitar and organ. He was discovered by Smokey Robinson and The Miracle’s, Pete Moore, and has been endorsed by The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, The Vandellas, The Four Tops,
As a multi award winning artist, writer, producer, best-selling author, and speaker, the Peoria, Illinois native was a Division 12 sport student athlete and later became a decorated sailor in the U.S. Navy, as well as a standout player of the All Navy and Military Team USA basketball team. B. Taylor maintains an active presence as a Global Ambassador of Music and Entertainment for the U.S. Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.
He has had 2 number 1 records as an artist, producer, and songwriter including “Fire In Your Eyes,” ft. NCIS star actress Pauley Perrette, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales Chart, and “Gotta Have It” ft. Chris Brown that went #1 on the Belgium Top 100 Itunes Hip Hop Charts.
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Robin Rihanna Fenty, or more popularly known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian pop and R&B singer and entrepreneur. She’s named the World’s Richest Female Musician as she scaled her fashion line’s profit, Fenty. Before founding her company, Rihanna first collaborated with several cosmetic companies. In 2017, the singing sensation created her own line and received praise from the community because of her brand’s inclusivity, offering around 40 shades of foundation for men and women of all colors. To date, Rihanna’s net worth is estimated to be around $600 million.
C-Faith is an absolutely gorgeous 19-year-old who has multitudes of talents as a rising star. What makes C-Faith unique and noticeable is her unbelievable talents, coupled with her strong mindedness that attracts thousands of people. C-Faith is a musical prodigy, Lip Gloss “Arreic” brand CEO, journalist, and a philanthropist in the making. This young woman is not a typical 19-year-old. She is focused and determined to accomplish her goals at an early age. To add to her kind heart, she has donated to the homeless in Atlanta. The list goes on with this gorgeous woman. At just 19 years old, she has accomplished more than most. She has been featured on billboards and news articles.
- Steven Weber
It all started at Vons in the meat department. Steven Weber realized that his time was too valuable to be working for $12/hour. He felt that he needed to find a new way to make money. He came across the text Rich Dad Poor Dad, read its contents, started learning about money, finding ways to multiply it, and keeping that cash flowing so he wouldn’t have to live with one source of income. Steven started selling beats and clothes and started to see the value in investing and how it helped him quit his job. Thinking about how he can exemplify the Law of Compensation, Steven then started to build a team and create a home-based business. “The only way I can help people is by putting them in a position to win, to better themselves, and create generational wealth,” he said.
- Letizia Silvestri
Born in picturesque northern Italy, Letizia Silvestri has had a lifelong goal of creating beauty through design. After receiving her degree in business at the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan and studying abroad at ESADE in Barcelona, Mrs. Silvestri relocated in 2004 to southern California to start her marketing career at Ferrari. Since then, she’s worked for and alongside prestigious luxury and automotive brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce—pushing them to innovation and their creative best. Currently, Mrs. Silvestri helms LSX LLC, a multi-platform agency that combines innovation, art, and sustainability to produce elevated events, brand launches, and multimedia campaigns.
- Sean Parker
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In the history of creating social media giant Facebook, Sean Parker’s name is hard to miss. He was named the founding president of Facebook when he was 24 but eventually broke off from Facebook. Even when he was young, the Virginia-native showed an incredible aptitude for computers and the internet, catching the FBI and the CIA’s attention. When he was 19, he co-founded Napster, a file-sharing service that captured the interest of music lovers of the world. Sean also established the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford in 2016 and 2014, respectively. He is estimated to have a net worth of $2.7 billion.
- Nigel Patch
Nigel Patch is a nationally-recognized serial entrepreneur, investor, and innovator known for his efforts at the young age of 27. His mission is to assist everyday people towards having passive incomes and to help humanity reach a higher level of consciousness and innovation. Nigel has helped multiple businesses scale to a level unachievable by the companies alone by optimizing their systems and outreach while also creating passive income streams for the same companies and their employees. His innovative approaches to business have been nothing short of amazing and he has been deemed a rising star in his fields by multiple publications nationwide.
- Matthew West
Matt West is an American psychologist, podcaster, and founder at Boom, a digital wellness company that provides guided mindful journaling training and mindfulness for its users.
Matt West has two master’s degrees in psychology. Matt West is a psychologist based in Los Angeles. He’s passionate about emotional and mental fitness, learning, exploring new places, and the power of technology. He’s also very interested in mental wellness and the power of the brain. It’s a passion that began when he was introduced to psychology as an 11th-grade student in high school, with a curious mind to understand why we do what we do, which is the impetus behind founding a company in the mindful and mental wellness space. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
- N.M. Sanchez
N.M. Sanchez is a Cuban-American author based in Miami, Florida. With doctoral-level training in psychology, Sanchez illustrates how poetry and psychology parallel throughout her collections’ inner workings. Despite facing multiple rejections from larger publishing outlets, Sanchez has marketed and sustained her work, exceeding self-published authors’ sales expectations. Sanchez’s collections, “Initial Meeting” and “Lovers in Theory,” have reached readers internationally across Europe, Malaysia, and India. Her writing has garnered nearly four-million impressions on Instagram, where Sanchez is rapidly cementing herself as a figure in contemporary literary culture through sheer perseverance, self-reliance, and her ability to connect to her audience.
- Chase Hughes
Chase Hughes is a #1 bestselling author and behavior expert whose company revolutionized influence and persuasion techniques. Chase Hughes has shaken the boundaries of persuasion from expert trial analysis to advanced courses in human behavior skills for intelligence agencies.
His company, Applied Behavior Research, was created after a 20-year military career. Chase has built a name as the world’s leading expert in human behavior skills, and he’s the only trial consultant in the US to offer a whopping 300% money-back guarantee to his clients. Chase’s courses and books are well known as the gold standard.
- Johnny Wvlker
Johnny Wvlker is a new wave hip hop artist living in Los Angeles. He is a Rapper, Painter, and published Poet. Johnny first stepped onto the scene earlier this summer when he released the worlds first pop art style rap video ‘Visions”. This is the debut single on his Wonderland Ep slated to come out this October. So far “Visions” has hit over 5,000,000 streams and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
Johnny has been creating a ton of buzz preluding the release of his new project. He is making some big waves in the rap industry with his dark melodic vibes and creative lyrics.
Apart from running his music career Johnny is also an up-and-coming entrepreneur who owns several companies. The newest one being the Dead Poet Soxiety Inc. (DPS Inc.), a record label, publishing company and marketing agency where he offers major label marketing services to independent musicians. The company has a recording studio in north Hollywood and markets their content in the press, on Spotify and YouTube. It is looking like Johnny will be one of the new major faces in hip hop very soon.
- Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba is the co-founder of the Honest Company, a nontoxic-household-goods company. When it began in 2011, the company acted as a subscription service for diapers and baby wipes. But it has grown over the years and is now selling more than 100 products. In her career as an actress, Jessica made appearances in several movies on the big screen like The Love Guru, The Veil, Valentine’s Day, Fantastic Four, and many more. In 2020, Jessica has over $200 million of net worth.
- Dana Rubinova
Dana is an alumnus of California State University, Chapman University’s George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, and is currently attending the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy for a Master’s of Science in Medical Cannabis and Therapeutics.
Dana is a leading expert in pharmaceutical and cannabis biotechnology. Her company, PharmaConsult LTD, advises cannabis companies on regulatory guidance, FDA compliance, and product formulation.
- Joshua Gayman
Joshua got his Arizona Real Estate License in 2009 and immediately began investing. In his first year, he wholesaled over 50 transactions and began to fix and flip as well. Back in 2019, Josh founded the Scottsdale Real Estate Brokerage Firm Easy Button Realty. Today, he has personally transacted over 700 houses for over $100,000,000 in transactions. Josh runs a full-time wholesale operation in Phoenix, with sales staff generating over six figures per month.
Josh was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in 2017 for his wholesaling and cold calling achievements.
- Juan Allen
Juan Allen is the owner and director of Ad You Wish Digital and an investor for different companies in the US (NXT Hospitality, Seafood District and Hunky Dorky Wellness). He is now living in Miami but is originally from Argentina. Allen has had the opportunity to work with renowned companies like Danone, COSTCO, Ferrari, IMAX, ALDO, and have developed communication strategies and executed campaigns for different markets across the USA, Mexico, and Argentina helping brands grow and conquer different areas accomplishing their goals. He’s passionate about tech, music, gaming, and sports.
- Jay Fantom
Jarred or Jay as most people call him, is a persistent and passionate 24-year-old, entrepreneur, award-winning filmmaker, speaker, and writer who works incredibly hard at being the best, authentic, honest, loving, kind, and excellent version of himself daily.
Jay is the founder and host of The Story Box, one of the Top 15 Podcasts In 2020. Jay and The Story Box have been featured in FORBES Magazine. Over the last 10 months, Jay has had the privilege of unboxing the stories of over 300+ high-profile, world-class leaders from every field imaginable. Some names include Grant Cardone, Les Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, Bethany Hamilton, Joel McHale, Trent Shelton, Gerard Adams, Tom Bilyeu, Gabby Reece, Rich Froning, Byron Katie, Dean Graziosi, Patrick Bet-David, Sarah Wilson, Turia Pitt, Ryan Blair, and many more
- Akeem Mair
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At 32, Akeem Mair has built a firm reputation among his peers within the movie industry. He’s the upcoming star from Commercial Talent Agency who has also recently signed for Minc Talent under Mariko Ballentine. In the span of his career as an actor, Akeem was assigned to a myriad of roles for films in prestigious productions including lead roles for Columbia College of Hollywood Production’s All About Money and A Wonderful World. He’s also starred in several movie productions like Limbo, Silent Love, Life of a Villain, Red, Fine Line, The Kidnap, and many more.
Akeem recently made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, which the esteemed host described as “the best episode she’s ever seen.” The video he was in has now over 5 million views on all media platforms. With an extensive background in acting and a distinct work ethic, Akeem Mair is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
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- Arum Kang
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Arum Kang founded Coffee Meets Bagel in 2012. Now, it serves as one of the most efficient dating servicing companies across the globe. Coffee Meets Bagel created more than 2.5 billion introductions since its foundation up to the present. According to Arum, she founded the company to help women control their ‘dating destinies.’ At present, Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the most female-centered dating companies in the world. It offers more profound and lasting connections among its users.
- Yunha Kim
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When Yunha Kim quit her job at Wall Street, she wanted to reach greater heights by creating her own company. However, months into it, she found it too stressful and bothersome. So whenever she found time, she would go into meditation. According to her, meditation helped her clear her mind and positively affected her career, relationships, and well-being in general. This is where she decided to create Simple Habit.
Simple Habit is steadily becoming a name in the wellness industry. Yunha teaches clients the power of meditation and helps them turn negative energies to positive ones through the company.
- Emily Vavra
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Emily Vavra has helped many people throughout her career as a speaker, health and wellness entrepreneur, and marketer. Many of her clients start from nothing to everything. She teaches them how to be financially independent through the creation of residual income. Through the years, she’s coached countless people and is doing more than what she should. Partnering with Just Like My Child Foundation, Emily recently traveled to Uganda to provide better education and healthcare in the country.
- Lisa Skeete Tatum
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Landit is the perfect place to find the right job for the right skills. It was founded in 2014 by Lisa Skeete Tatum to help people, especially women, land companies and lead better lives. The one-size-fits-one platform that Lisa has created welcomes diversity and provides them with playbooks that can potentially impact their future careers. Landit’s success has been recognized by several publications like Forbes, BBC, INC, Vanity Fair, CNBC, etc.
- Evan Spiegel
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Evan Spiegel became a billionaire when he was still 25 years old. Now at 30, Evan is riding the waves of success with the company he founded, Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. Snap’s idea started when Evan was still enrolled at Stanford when he met would-be CTO Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, who are also his fellow Kappa Sigma brothers. Spiegel is currently married to Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr and is estimated to have a $4.5 billion net worth.