Chance The Rapper Lands On Fortune’s ’40 Under 40′ List

blame it on Meka August 18, 2017

Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list spotlights, in their words, “the most influential young people in business.” Since it was established, some of the alumni on the list have become some of the most influential people in society: Biz Stone and Evan Williams (the founders of Twitter) and Jessica Alba are among the “cool not-so-kids” club.

The 2017 list has been released. While there are mainstays — Emmanuel Macron, President of France, tops the list for the first time and in his last year of eligibility, while Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook comes in at No. 2 — three new faces made the list: Serena Williams at No. 7, Kevin Hart at No. 17, and Chance The Rapper at No. 29. Chance’s entry on the list also makes him the youngest-ever person to make the Fortune 40 Under 40, at the age of 24.

The Chicago native has been subverting the music industry’s traditional business model since he was a teenager, declining to sign with a major label and instead releasing his own streaming-only mixtapes, featuring unique strains of hip hop splashed with sunny spirituality. Last year, he won the first-ever GRAMMY (three of them) for a streaming-only album and received $500,000 to debut the tracks exclusively on Apple Music. He’s also a celeb endorser for Nestle, Nike, and even Twitter. Up next: He’s set to star in the movie Slice as a pizza-delivery driver/werewolf.

The entire list can be seen here.