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Olympic Stars, Alia Bhatt Among Indians on Forbes' Under-30 Super Achievers list

India has 53 achievers on the list, second only to China which has 76 honorees.

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Updated:April 17, 2017, 11:15 AM IST
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Olympic Stars, Alia Bhatt Among Indians on Forbes' Under-30 Super Achievers list
Dipa Karmakar. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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New York: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and actress Alia Bhatt are among Forbes' list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 who are "pushing boundaries of innovation". The list includes more than 50 Indians.

The second Forbes '30 Under 30' Asia list 2017 features 300 impressive young entrepreneurs — 30 in 10 categories, including entertainment, finance and venture capital, retail, social entrepreneurs and enterprise technology, under the age of 30 years who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, PTI reported.

India has 53 achievers on the list, second only to China which has 76 honorees.

Leading the pack from India are Karmakar, 23, who became the first Indian female gymnast to ever compete in the Olympics during the last games held in Rio de Janeiro — and the first Indian gymnast to compete in 52 years.

"While she didn't win a medal, she ranked an impressive fourth on her first-ever Olympic outing, missing the bronze by a hair's breadth - 0.15 points," Forbes said adding that she performed the Produnova vault in the finals - making her one of only five gymnasts to ever successfully do so.

Fellow athlete Malik, 24, became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Rio in wrestling, where she bagged the bronze. Forbes noted that Malik, who hails from a small Indian town Rohtak, faced a lot of local opposition to her desire to wrestle when she took up the sport at age 12.

Srikanth Bolla, 25, founder of Bollant Industries has been featured in the manufacturing and energy category. Bolla was born blind into a family of farmers in rural India and "went on to become the first international blind student at MIT", where he studied business management.

Bhatt, 24, has acted in over 20 high-grossing Bollywood movies, with at least six of them grossing well over $15 million worldwide in opening weeks.

The list also features Sharath Gayakwad, 25, India's first Paralympic swimmer, coach and Arjuna award winner who has won 96 medals.

Trisha Shetty, 26, is the founder of SheSays, an Indian non-profit that empowers the country's women to act against sexual violence by providing education, legal, medical as well as psychological support.

The youngest Indians on the list are brothers Sanjay, 15, and Shravan Kumaran, 17, who founded GoDimensions, a mobile app developer five years ago. To date, they've built a total of seven apps for the App Store and three for Google Play, including goDonate, a platform for sharing excess food, clothes and furniture with those in need.

(With PTI inputs)

| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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