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Emma Watson, Blake Lively, Zac Efron Make Forbes 30 Under 30 List

First Posted: Jan 08, 2015 02:01 PM EST
Blake Lively

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In the Jan. 19 edition of Forbes magazine, the 30 Under 30 list features 600 young entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who are transforming the world as we know it.

The annual 30 Under 30 list has been expanded to include 20 categories and 600 honorees, all under the age of 30. Categories include Sports, Technology, Retail and E-commerce, Hollywood, Media, Music, Food & Drink and others. Judges in the 20 categories sift through nominees to decide who the final prodigious stars are the most impact on the world.

There are some interesting facts about this year's list of American dream achievers: 16 percent never attended or dropped out of college, 19 percent are immigrants, 83 percent have a low-income or middle-class background, and most honorees knew exactly what they wanted to be at 14 years old.

Hollywood celebrities made the cut, including:

Emma Watson. She was named for her humanitarian work. In the past, the actress has promoted girls' education. She was appointed as the United Nations Women's Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. She was named for her huge impact on feminism. The "Harry Potter" star gave an inspiring speech on Feminism and gender inequality at the launch of her HeForShe campaign at the United Nations. Watson made a concise argument that the battle to end gender inequality is something both men and women need in their lives.

Blake Lively. The "Gossip Girl" actress earned the highly coveted spot thanks to her entrepreneur efforts in launching her "Preserve" lifestyle site. In her personal editor's letter on the site at launch, Lively described Preserve: "So here at Preserve there are people, stories, essays, videos and goods which hopefully inspire your home, your style and your tongue. There's expensive stuff. Inexpensive stuff. And everything in between. But their value, is up to you. We may romanticize it, calling it treasure. What we're really saying is, we see worth on every level." Lively also said the function of Preserve is "part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people."

Zac Efron. The actor was recognized for transitioning from Disney child star to successful Hollywood actor. Efron teamed up with Seth Rogen on the movie "Neighbors," which grossed $50 million at the box office in four days.

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