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Welcome to Fortune’s 2015 40 Under 40, our annual ranking of the most influential young people in business—for the first time, 100 percent brand new. Read on to meet these disruptors, innovators, rebels (and, yes, unicorns)—and prepare to be inspired. Read more about the list here.

RANK NAME AGE TITLE COMPANY
1 Adam Neumann 36 Co-founder and CEO WeWork
2 JB Straubel 39 CTO Tesla
3 Ryan Graves 32 SVP of Global Operations Uber
3 Logan Green and John Zimmer 31, 31 Co-founder and CEO; Co-founder and President Lyft
3 Cheng Wei and Jean Liu 32, 37 Co-founder; President Didi Kuaidi
4 Dhivya Suryadevara 36 VP of Finance and Treasurer, General Motors; CEO, GM Asset Management General Motors
5 James Park 39 Co-founder and CEO Fitbit
6 Taylor Swift 25 Entertainer -
7 Vas Narasimhan 39 Global Head of Development Novartis Pharmaceuticals
8 Jason Robins 34 Co-founder and CEO Draftkings
9 Daniel Schwartz 35 CEO Restaurant Brands International
10 John Oliver 38 Host, Executive Producer "Last Week Tonight" — HBO
11 Jason Buechel 37 EVP and CIO Whole Foods Market
12 Robby Mook 35 Campaign Manager Hillary for America
13 Noah Wintroub 39 Vice Chairman J.P. Morgan Chase
14 Hugo Barra 38 Vice President Xiaomi Global
15 Jessica Alba 34 Founder The Honest Company
16 Patrick Collison and John Collison 27, 25 Co-founders Stripe
17 Karen Fang 39 Managing Director Bank of America
18 Anand Swaminathan 39 Managing Director Accenture Digital
19 Lisa Falzone 30 Co-founder and CEO Revel Systems
20 Parker Conrad 35 Co-founder and CEO Zenefits
21 Will Ackerly 35 Co-founder and CTO Virtru
21 Orion Hindawi 35 Co-founder and CTO Tanium
21 Alex Stamos 36 Chief Security Officer Facebook
22 Frank Wang 35 Founder and CEO DJI
23 Apoorva Mehta 29 Founder and CEO Instacart
24 Stephanie Cohen 38 Global head of M&A for financial sponsors Goldman Sachs
25 Jared Kushner 34 CEO Kushner Cos.
26 Melanie Whelan 38 CEO SoulCycle
27 Kayvon Beykpour 27 Co-founder and CEO Periscope
28 Michelle Dipp 39 Co-founder and CEO OvaScience
29 Stacy Brown-Philpot 39 COO TaskRabbit
30 Sam Altman 30 President Y Combinator
31 Chris Wanstrath 30 Co-founder and CEO GitHub
32 Debbie Sterling 32 Founder and CEO GoldieBlox
33 Brian Sheth 39 Co-founder and President Vista Equity Partners
34 Michael Dubin 37 Co-founder and CEO Dollar Shave Club
34 Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider 33, 34 Co-founders, co-CEOs Harry’s
35 Trevor Nelson, Julian Steinberg, Josh Goldin 37, 36, 38 Co-founders Alliance Consumer Growth
36 Julia Hartz 35 Co-founder and President Eventbrite
37 Yehuda Shmidman 34 CEO Sequential Brands Group
38 Ashifi Gogo 34 Co-founder and CEO Sproxil
39 Reshma Saujani 39 Founder and CEO Girls Who Code
40 Ronda Rousey 28 Fighter UFC
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Trevor Nelson, Julian Steinberg, Josh Goldin, 37, 36, 38

Co-founders, Alliance Consumer Growth
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These three friends, all working in consumer-retail investing, reunited in 2011 to form a private equity firm focused on early-stage consumer retail brands that has quietly racked up win after win. Its most notable was an early investment in Shake Shack before the burger chain went public; ACG remains the fourth-largest shareholder (it owns 6%). But they’ve made a slew of other smart, early bets that all led to successful exits this year: Krave jerky, which became Hershey’s first ever non-candy acquisition; Suja, a cold-pressed juice brand in which Coca-Cola bought a minority stake; and Evol, a maker of healthy burritos that sold to Boulder Brand (owner of Smart Balance) for $48 million. The trio invests $5 to $25 million in young consumer brands that have $5 to $25 million in revenues. Current investments include Babyganics, a maker of safe baby products; two healthy pet-food brands; and California salad chain Tender Greens (ACG co-invested with Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s restaurant group). If you’re noticing a pattern, there’s a reason for it: the founders credit their success to a disciplined focus on small consumer companies (mostly food) that follow the trend toward healthy and environmentally sound. As Big Food goes small and hip, ACG wins.

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