Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 lists represent the stand-out young innovators that initiate change in their fields. The magazine’s editors and reporters team up with panels of experts to determine the most dynamic individuals in the fields of art, science, sports, finance and more. A diverse group of Latinos and Latinas made the cut, from the charming crooner Bruno Mars to biotech ground-breaker Pedro Valencia. Take a look at some of the brightest Latino and Latina stars under 30 coming up in the world right now.
Bruno Mars, 27
Bruno Mars was a music producer and songwriter before hitting it big solo with songs like “The Lazy Song” and “Grenade.” The 27-year-old has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards and won one for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just the Way You Are.” Coming off a successful hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Mars has just released a new album called “Unorthodox Jukebox.”
Anthony Padilla, 25
Hollywood: Anthony Padilla, 25, makes up one half of the YouTube sensation Smosh. Along with Ian Hecox, the Mexican-American comic has made his mark creating original and funny YouTube videos inspired by 90s pop culture.
Jencarlos Canella, 24
Hollywood: Smoldering star Jencarlos Canela, 24, has starred in a string of telenovelas including “Mas Sabe el Diablo” (“The Devil Knows Best”). Not just a pretty face, the Miami native is also a singer and his song “Sueña” was featured in 2012 London Olympics coverage. He won the Breakout Artist of the Year award at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2011.
Francisco Diaz-Mitoma Jr., 28
Media: Check out the homepage of Francisco Diaz-Mitoma Jr.’s brainchild VIRURL and you’ll see he knows how to launch a company with widespread appeal. Founder of the successful gaming community Titan Gaming, this entrepreneur created VIRURL to serve as an alternative to traditional banner ads. With origins in Mexico, Japan and Spain, Diaz-Mitoma Jr., 28, is using his multicultural background to branch out his company. He said VIRURL will soon launch a Spanish vertical with content from partners in Latin America.
Manuel Wiechers Banuet, 25
Energy: Co-founder of Iluméxico, Manuel Wiechers Banuet, 25, helped design a plan to provide rural areas with solar energy. Together with Mariana González, Gerardo Ruíz de Teresa, Hugo Ham, Martin García and the Iluméxico team, he has installed over 1,600 solar home systems in 11 states in Mexico. They hope to reach 4,000 installations in 2013.
Marisa Urrutia Gedney, 28
Education: Marisa Urrutia Gedney, 28, works as Programs Director at 826LA to design programs that help Los Angeles K-12 students develop their writing skills. She also inspires teachers to develop more creative language curriculum. A writer, Aztec dancer and urban gardening enthusiast, Gedney helps hundreds of high school seniors across the city write their personal statements for applications to the college of their choice.
Pedro Lourenço, 22
Art & Style: Fashion designer Pedro Lourenço, 22, has been called a fashion “wunderkind” by Vogue Magazine. The young Brazilian designed his first collection between the ages of 7 and 10 and showed his first ready-to-wear collection in Paris at 19.
Omar Sotomayor, 29
Marketing and Advertising: Peruvian-born Omar Sotomayor creates ingenious ads for the Hispanic market as a copywriter for Lápiz Leo Burnett in Chicago. A modern-day Mad Man, Sotomayor has worked with Gastón Soto and the creative team to make ads for brands like Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. He won Gold at Cannes in 2010 and 2011, a record for the program that rewards creative communications.
Pedro M. Valencia, 28
Science: A PhD student at MIT, Pedro M. Valencia worked with renowned biomedical engineer and professor Robert Langer to rapidly synthesize nanoparticles for drug discovery. His research helped to launch the start-up company Blend Therapeutics.