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Charice in Forbes’ inaugural ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list

(Clockwise from top left) G-Dragon, Kim Soo Hyun, Yoona, Siwon, Kim Yuna and Charice (Photos from Instagram and www.newsen.com)

(Clockwise from top left) G-Dragon, Kim Soo Hyun, Yoona, Siwon, Kim Yuna and Charice (Photos from Instagram and www.newsen.com)

Forbes magazine has published its first-ever “30 Under 30 Asia” list that features 300 young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from the region in 10 categories.

The list, posted on the Forbes.com website a few days ago, included 10 Filipinos.

Making it to the Entertainment and Sports category is 23-year-old Filipino singer Charice, whom Forbes credited as only the second Filipino to rank on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Other Filipinos in the list are: Xyza Cruz Bacani and Ronson Culibrina (The Arts), Koh Martinez Onozawa (Retail & ECommerce), Rachel De Villa (Finance & Venture Capital), Valenice Balace (Consumer Tech), Raphael Mijeno and Henry Motte-Muñoz (Social Entrepreneurship), Leandro Leviste (Manufacturing & Energy), and Amin Hataman (Healthcare & Science).

Hataman is the youngest Filipino in the list at 15.

According to Forbes, 12 reporters were tasked to research for nominees.

It added, “For months on end, our correspondents from around the region have been looking for the best and brightest 300 millennials who are disrupting and changing the faces of their industries.”

Some 30 judges then helped decide which young people made the cut.

Forbes said, “With 10 categories in total, our inaugural ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list highlights inspiring young leaders in various fields covering consumer technology, enterprise technology, the arts, healthcare & science, media, social entrepreneurship, finance, industry and retail.”

Several K-Pop artists also made it to the Entertainment and Sports category including Big Bang’s G-Dragon, Super Junior’s Siwon, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona, actor Kim Soo Hyun, opera singer Lim Hyung Joo, and Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kim Yuna.

“In an industry full of look alike boy bands, singer/rapper G-Dragon stands out. The K-pop star has already been on two solo world tours, thanks to a loyal international following. And a cutting edge style has made him a front row fixture at Chanel shows,” according to Forbes.

Siwon is described as “one of South Korea’s most sought after singers and actors,” crediting him for his role in the drama “She Was Pretty.” Forbes said Siwon has one of the largest followings on Twitter at 5.2 million, and is a special representative of UNICEF Korea.

Yoona, 25, is a member of K-pop group Girls’ Generation and “arguably the most popular of the eight-member band,” according to the magazine. She has been called “CF Queen” for her numerous endorsements including Innisfree.

Lim Hyung-joo, 29, is included in the top five most influential opera artists listed by the BBC Music Magazine last year, Forbes said.

Others in the Entertainment list are Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, Indian actor-model Shraddha Kapoor, India’s comedian-actress-writer Aditi Mittal, Australia’s actress-model-singer Ruby Rose, Indonesia’s 12-year-old pianist Joey Alexander Sila, India’s writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane, Singapore singer Joel Tan, Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang Tsz-Kei, Hong Kong actress-singer-model Angela Yeung and Malaysia’s singer-entrepreneur Yunalis Mat Zara’ai.

Sports is represented by Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui, Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore, New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko, India’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli, New Zealand’s rugby player Nehe Milner-Skudder, India’s tennis player Sania Mirza, India’s badminton player Saina Nehwal, China’s swimmer Ning Zetao, Japan’s tennis player Kei Nishikori, Australia’s Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, India’s mountain climber Arunima Sinha, Japan’s baseball player Masahiro Tanaka, and Olympic gymanastic gold medalist Kohei Uchimura.