40 under 40: Best-kept secrets

Updated: Jun 12, 2014 11:08 PM UTC | Originally published: Sep 19, 2013
Matt Crossick\/PA Wire

Liv Garfield

"I once modeled bridal wear as a summer job. (A long time ago, mind you)."

Photograph by Eamonn McCormack\/Getty Images

will.i.am

"That my name is William Adams, not William James Adams or something, that ain't me. But if you Wikipedia me that's what it thinks my name is. And it's wrong. It frustrates me."

Courtesy: Box

Aaron Levie

"I was once rejected by Google, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers (phew!), and Napster (phew!!) for internships, in the same summer."

Courtesy: Tam Airlines

Claudia Sender

"I had an accident and broke my ankle while hiking in Hawaii's Na Pali Coast. I had to be rescued by a helicopter, which crash-landed on its way to the rescue site. I spent the night on the mountain waiting for the helicopter to arrive and only learned about the crash the next morning."

Slava Rubin

"My mom and I are really good friends."

Courtesy: DryBar

Alli Webb

"I'm a total insomniac, definitely not a morning person. Unfortunately, I find my most productive time between 9 p.m. and midnight, after putting the little ones to bed."

Courtesy: Wayfair

Niraj Shah

"The job I learned the most in prior to graduating from college would be when I was the host-cashier at the Big Boy Restaurant (casual American food) during high school."

Courtesy: Birchbox

Katia Beauchamp

"I sing loudly in the shower, and I might have a dream of singing on a big stage someday."

Coutesy: Scratch

Ross Martin

"I just lost my world record for most ear-wiggles in 30 seconds. I'm upset about it. Training now to recapture the title. Not kidding."

Courtesy: Revolution Foods

Kristin Groos Richmond

"I spent a great deal of my childhood on a ranch in Texas. My first entrepreneurial pursuit was harvesting and selling buckets of pecans. $1 per bucket. What a deal!"

Courtesy: Mu Sigma

Dhiraj Rajaram

"I have only bought used cars in my life. I don't believe in buying new cars."

Courtesy: Cinnabon

Kat Cole

"When I'm not indulging in yummy, sweet baked goods as I love to do (like Cinnabon), I eat mostly green and white food. Green: Kale, broccoli, spinach, wheatgrass. And white: eggs, chicken, yogurt, kefir. I'm a walking dietary conflict of interest -- and it works for me."

Courtesy: Visa

Ryan McInerney

"I met my wife when we were eight years old. We met 30 years ago, began dating 20 years ago, and were married 10 years ago."

Courtesy: Ralph & Russo

Tamara Ralph

"Michael Russo and I are engaged!"