It is entirely possible that every generation receives their own fair share of criticism, but millennials do indeed seem to receive more than a fair share, with commentary after commentary being passed on all the things they seemingly are getting wrong. To clarify, a millennial in most circles is defined as anyone born within the year 1980-2000.
They are likely to be your obsessively phone savvy children, seemingly lazy younger sibling who constantly seems to be sitting around or sleeping or they may even be your humble self, taking a selfie and wondering what everyone is making such a fuss about. The Guardian released a list of the world’s most powerful millennials this week and today we showcase five of the them that make up a varied offering; a technological entrepreneur, musicians, an actress and a footballer and by considering this list, you will hopefully learn to appreciate the possibilities available to and inherent in virtually every millennial.
It is difficult to remember a time when Facebook was not around. Mark Zuckeberg practically revolutionized the social media space with his innovation that has over time become one of the biggest websites in the world. It’s used as a platform for activism of the gravest kinds, it is also where you’re most likely to hear of the birth of a child to your not so close cousin. Mark Zukeberg himself for all his daring and effort is now worth a whooping $46.7 billion easily cementing his place as one of the powerful millennials.
Featuring almost yearly on the Forbes 100 most powerful women list, with this year’s list ranking her at number 21, it’s easy to forget that Beyonce is actually a millennial, currently aged 34, she and her rapper/music mogul husband have a current combined net worth of $1 billion. Starting a culture of dropping albums with no prior publicity and churning out hit records with ease, Beyonce is definitely one of our powerful millennials.
Lupita Nyong’o is a Mexican-Kenyan artist and very easily Africa’s darling girl. In 201, Bim Adewunmi named her quite aptly, “crush of the year”. Already with an Oscar to her name for her supporting part in 12 Years a Slave, she has also been named by People Magazine, also in 2014 as the most beautiful woman in the world. She keeps the flag flying in her acting forays and there’s no doubt that the 33 year old will keep climbing higher.
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The 24 year old Brazilian captain and Barcelona footballer is known simply as Neymar Jr, and besides stealing the hearts of many on the field, he has a prolific Instagram presence that guarantees him a following from practically every corner. His total earnings last year were $31 million this figure is expected to continue rising as his career peaks.
Justin Bieber’s journey is one that is sure to inspire any millennial, from days as a YouTube sensation to becoming a now international artiste, Bieber is currently said to be worth $200 million at just 22. He can boast of an Instagram following of 60 million accounts and has smashed records held by both the Beatles and Drake for having the most songs in the Billboard Hot 100 chart – 17 in one week.
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