Whether you love them, or for some reason absolutely despise them, millennials are soaring in an era created by you then redefined for us, by us.
With the young Sebastian Kurz expected to become Austria’s next chancellor, Europe is about to have its first millennial leader – so Business Insider decided to take a look at the 15 most powerful millennials in the world.
Defined as “people born between 1980 and 2000”, millennials have been able to rise to prominence in everything from government to activism.
Using their “actual and perceived power in the world”, here’s Business Insider’s top five, as well as some others who I think are worthy of a mention:
14. Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, 25, is the king of Toro, a kingdom in Uganda. He has been the kingdom’s ruler since he was a toddler, after his father died in 1995.
13. Malala Yousafzai, 20, is a Pakistani activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work towards women’s education rights, Malala is currently attending the University of Oxford.
11. LeBron James, 32, is one of the most dominant athletes in the world. The star basketball player has comically lampooned his own image on TV and in movies, and is outspoken on social and political issues.
10. Sam Altman, 32, is the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest startup incubator. Altman has laid out his vision of tech-powered future, and is commenting more frequently on politics and his plan for the US’s future.
5-6. Ivanka Trump, 35, and Jared Kushner, 36, are President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, respectively. The couple are two of his closest advisers.
4. Sebastian Kurz, 31, is leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party and is expected to become the next chancellor of Austria. When he takes over as chancellor, Kurz will become the youngest national leader in the world.
3. Mark Zuckerberg, 33, is the founder and CEO of Facebook. The Zuckerberg-led social network is used by billions of people and has turned him into the fifth richest person in the world.
2. Mohammad bin Salman, 32, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the king’s designated successor. He currently serves as Saudi Arabia’s defence minister and has introduced a plan to remake the country’s economy.
1. Kim Jong Un, 33, is the leader of North Korea. He has been in power since his father’s death in 2011, and has worked to expand the country’s nuclear weapons program, gaining even more notoriety in his recent clashes with Trump.
And there you have it.
Not a great look for millenials at number one, is it?
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