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December 28, 2021

As a teenager fleeing an abusive home, the Philippines-born Trisha Bantigue did whatever she could to earn money, including working at McDonald’s, modeling and entering beauty pageants for the prize money. “Pageants helped get the degree, and they changed the life,” she says. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she took jobs at Facebook, Google and Uber before cofounding Queenly, an online marketplace for users to resell formalwear, in 2017. “These gowns sometimes cost as much as a car, and it’s crazy because you wear a gown only one time.” The Y Combinator grad has already raised $7 million from VCs including Andreessen Horowitz.

We published the first edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 a decade ago, with one clear goal: to identify the new guard, the young innovators, trailblazers and disruptors remaking the world. That first list featured names like Kevin Systrom, whose company Instagram had only seven employees: Lena Dunham, who had yet to debut on HBO's Girls: Daniel Ek, who had just launched Spotify in the U.S.: journalist Ronan Farrow, years before he exposed Harvey Weinstein in the New Yorker: and actor Donald Glover, then mostly known as a cast member in the cult comedy Community.

Much of 2022 was being freshly created by this group back in 2012. Ten years from today, it’s a good bet we’ll all be living in a new world being imagined today by the 600 entrepreneurs, innovators and entertainers that make up the 10th Anniversary class.

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