Forbes 18 Under 18: Celebrating Young Achievers

If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the yearly Forbes 18 Under 18 list. Forbes identifies and applauds young game changers who are making waves and breaking barriers- all before the age of 18. These young achievers hail from diverse backgrounds and have made significant strides in a range of fields such as entrepreneurship, social activism, and sports.

Statistics on Forbes 18 Under 18

  • The first Forbes 18 under 18 list was published in 2015.
  • Forbes considers candidates for the list who are under 18 years of age on July 1 of that year.
  • Forbes receives thousands of nominations each year for the 18 Under 18 list.
  • The 2021 list features 5 international honorees.
  • The 2021 Class had an average age of 16.5 years.
  • The youngest honoree ever was just 12 years old.
  • 85% of the 2021 Class are children of immigrants.

Each year, Forbes collaborates with a team of expert judges, who bring diverse perspectives and expertise to the selection process. The judges review and score each candidate against factors such as leadership potential, innovative achievements, and impact. The result is a list of accomplished young individuals who have demonstrated that age indeed is just a number.

Forbes understands the value of enabling young visionaries to tell their unique stories. Therefore it offers the 18 under 18 members a rare platform for networking and collaboration. The program provides a community of like-minded young achievers who support, encourage, and inspire one another as they follow their dreams.

Profiles of Recent Forbes 18 Under 18 Honorees

Talia Fidra

Talia is a 16-year-old entrepreneur who founded GetMega, an innovative gaming platform that is revolutionizing the way people experience social gaming. GetMega has raised millions of dollars in funding and has hundreds of thousands of users. Talia is also a climate activist and an advocate for broader access to technology in under-resourced communities.

Zarek Siegel

Zarek is a remarkable student, who started his education in a one-room schoolhouse in Montana. Despite early learning challenges, he became a 16-year-old freshman at MIT, where he is pursuing studies in mathematics and physics. Zarek has invented several anomalous data mining algorithms and has won numerous academic accolades.

Allyson Reneau

Allyson is an artist and social activist who uses her talents to support important causes such as racial justice and climate change. She founded The Art Auction to End Slavery, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight human trafficking. Allyson is also an accomplished painter and has exhibited her works at leading galleries.


The Forbes 18 Under 18 program is a powerful testament to the immense potential of young leaders. It encourages and rewards excellence, and gives a voice to exceptional teenagers who are changing the world. The inspiring stories of the honorees remind us that, indeed, age should never be a limit to pursuing one’s passions and making a difference.


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