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Welcome to Fortune’s 2016 40 Under 40, our annual ranking of the most influential young people in business—for the second time, 100 percent brand new. Read on to meet these disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists—and prepare to be inspired. Read more about the list here.
1 Brendan Bechtel 35 CEO Bechtel Group
2 Ye Jianming 39 Chairman and Executive Director CEFC China Energy
3 Jake Sullivan 39 Senior Policy Advisor Hillary for America
4 Emmanuel Macron 38 Former French Economy Minister -
5 Thomas Saueressig 31 CIO SAP
6 Jeff Lawson 39 Cofounder and CEO Twilio
7 Daniel Kan, Kyle Vogt 29,31 Cofounders Cruise Automation
8 Mike Cannon-Brookes, Scott Farquhar 36, 36 Cofounders and Co-CEOs Atlassian
9 Rachel Holt 33 Regional General Manager, U.S. and Canada Uber
10 Bill Ready 36 SVP, Global Head of Product and Engineering PayPal
11 Joey Levin 37 CEO IAC
12 Ryan Smith 38 Cofounder and CEO Qualtrics
13 Joel Gay 38 CEO Energy Recovery
14 Bozoma Saint John 39 Head of Global Marketing, Apple Music Apple
15 Brad Katsuyama 38 Cofounder and CEO IEX Group
16 Kim Posnett 39 Global Cohead, Internet Investment Banking Goldman Sachs
17 Anthony Tan, Hooi Ling Tan 34, 32 Founders Grab
18 Matt Salzberg 33 Cofounder and CEO Blue Apron
19 Dianne McKeever 38 Cofounder and Chief Investment Officer Ides Capital
20 Matt Mullenweg 32 Founder and CEO Automattic
21 Fidji Simo 30 Director of Product Facebook
22 Joe Zadeh 35 Vice President of Product Airbnb
23 Rachel Haurwitz 31 President and CEO Caribou Biosciences
24 Clay Bavor 34 Vice President of Virtual Reality Google
25 Sophie Watts 30 President STX Entertainment
26 Morgan Vawter 35 Chief of Analytics Caterpillar
27 Jon Stein 37 Cofounder and CEO Betterment
28 Tim Ferriss 39 Author and Host "The Tim Ferriss Show"
28 Adam Grant 35 Professor of Psychology Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
29 Katrina Lake 33 Founder and CEO Stitch Fix
30 Lin-Manuel Miranda 36 Composer, Lyricist, and Performer -
31 Vitalik Buterin 22 Creator Ethereum
31 “Moxie Marlinspike” 30s Founder Open Whisper Systems
32 Payal Kadakia 33 Founder and CEO Classpass
33 Paul Judge 39 Cofounder and CEO, Cofounder and Executive Chairman Luma, Pindrop Security
34 April Underwood 36 Vice President of Product Slack
35 Katherine Power 36 Cofounder and CEO Clique Media Group
36 Marie Kondo 31 Author and Founder KonMari Media
37 Jacob Lief 39 Cofounder and CEO Ubuntu Education Fund
38 Carly Zakin, Danielle Weisberg 30,30 Cofounders theSkimm
39 Alex Skatell 30 Founder and CEO ­Independent Journal Review
40 James Corden 38 Host "The Late Late Show With James Corden"

Brendan Bechtel, 35

CEO, Bechtel Group
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Mackenzie Stroh for Fortune

On Sept. 1, Bechtel took the helm of his family’s century-old dynasty, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world (heard of the Hoover Dam or the Channel Tunnel?). The fifth-generation leader now commands one of the biggest privately held companies in the U.S., with $40 billion in 2015 revenue. It falls on Bechtel, formerly president and COO, to steer the company through challenges like a collapse in commodities prices and new competition from Chinese contractors. He’s been preparing for the role since 2010, but he has a lifetime of experiences to draw from: His first stint at a Bechtel construction camp was when he lived in a trailer in the jungle in Borneo while his father worked as a supervisor on a liquefied-natural-gas plant. He was 3 years old.


Read more about Bechtel in “Meet the Private Company That Has Changed the Face of the World.”


This Is What Bechtel is Planning For the Future

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