Forbes Vietnam releases maiden 30 under 30 list, including Flappy Bird creator

Ngoc Huynh

Forbes Vietnam unveiled Monday its maiden “30 Under 30” list, featuring 30 Vietnamese individuals who stand out in the industries they are part of, four years after Forbes U.S. introduced the list.

The list features familiar faces, particularly to young Vietnamese, including Nguyen Ha Dong, the Hanoi-based app developer behind the addictive Flappy Bird mobile game; chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem; star comedian Huynh Tran Thanh; and hot vlogger Tran Duc Viet, aka JVevermind.

There are also individuals that are not widely known to the public, but are renowned in their own industries thanks to their achievements, such as Thi Anh Dao, a digital marketer, and Luong Duy Hoai, who specializes in e-commerce.

The “30 Under 30” is a list of rising stars, born from 1985 on, of the next generation of leadership in different industries, from business and startup to entertainment and sports, Forbes Vietnam, which debuted in June 2013, said in a press release.

“They are full of the startup spirit, and are representatives of an active, confident generation that is able to control their own destiny, even though the businesses they are building do not have wide influence on the domestic and international market,” Forbes Vietnam said in its February issue.

The list was built based on nominees from members of the public, and a panel of judges, including prestigious entrepreneurs and experts, selected the 30 most outstanding faces for the list, according to Forbes Vietnam.

The list is meant to recognize the effort of Vietnamese youth and boost their startup spirit and desire for success, said Nguyen Bao Hoang, chairman of Interactive Media, the commercial representative for Forbes Vietnam.

Forbes Vietnam is slated to organize the Under 30 Summit Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City in April to lift the startup spirit and encourage local youths who desire success, according to its press release.

The list has expanded to 20 categories this year (from 15 categories and 450 individuals), with each of the honorees, all under 30 years old, admitted by a panel of expert judges in their respective fields.

Below is the unordered “30 Under 30” list by Forbes Vietnam.

Business, finance, administration category:

Dinh Nhat Nam: founder and director of marketing with Urban Station coffeehouse chain

Nguyen Trung Tin: CEO of Trung Thuy Group

Edward Thai: co-founder and managing director of Vietnam Accelerator Fund

Thi Anh Dao: managing director of Emerald

Ta Minh Tuan: founding chairman of Help International

Mai Truong Giang: founder and CEO of Khuong Viet JSC

Technology, game, e-commerce, education, scientific research category:

Nguyen Ha Dong: app developer with dotGEARS

Luong Duy Hoai: co-founder and managing director of F1

Ta Son Tung: co-founder and CEO of Rikkeisoft

Le Hoang Uyen Vy: CEO of Chon JSC

Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu: co-founder and director of creative development with Yola

Truong Thanh Thuy: founder and CEO of Tappy PTE. LTD

Pham Le Nguyen: co-founder and CEO of 5Desire

Nguyen Huu Cat Thu: founder and CEO of Mindstep

Le Hung Viet Bao: math researcher at Chicago University

Entertainment, music, art, fashion, sports, communication, social activities category:

Pham Toan Thang: singer, composer

Hang Lam Trang Anh (Suboi): singer, composer

Hoang Thuy: fashion model

Nguyen Ngoc Hung: managing director of NVU; founder of Thich An Pho

Trinh Mai Trang (Trang Trinh): pianist, music educator

Nguyen Thanh Hai (Maika Elan): photographer

Nguyen Phi Phi Anh (PPAN): director

Tran Quang Duc: Han Nom researcher

Tran Duc Viet (JVevermind ): vlogger

Le Quang Liem: world’s fastest chess champion in 2013

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien: swimmer

Tran Khoi My: singer, master of ceremonies

Huynh Tran Thanh: entertainer

Tran Phuong My: fashion designer

Hoang Duc Minh: organizing director of Action4Future

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