K-pop girl group BLACKPINK and former 2NE1 member CL made it to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.
The list has 300 personalities grouped in 10 categories consisting of The Arts, Entertainment and Sports, Enterprise Technology, Consumer Technology, Healthcare and Science, Finance and Venture Capital, Industry, Manufacturing and Energy, Media, Marketing and Advertising, Retail and Commerce, and Social Entrepreneurs.
BLACKPINK and CL are listed under Entertainment and Sports along with tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Korean actress Kim Tae-ri, Karishma Ali, Bi Gan, Peggy Gou, Hou Yifan, Rikako Ikee, Naoya Inoue, Jo Hyeon-woo, Kimbra Lee Johnson, Samantha Kerr, Lao Khang, Lee Kang-in, Lee Sang-hyeok, Liu Haoran, Neel Madhav, Ishita Malaviya, George Miller, Niranjan Mukundan, Shayna Ng, Nana Ou-yang, Dinara Saduakassova, Koharu Sugawara, Tash Sultana, Aries Susanti, The Sam Willows, Phoebe Tonkin, and Owen Wright.
“Since their 2016 debut, BLACKPINK has quickly become the highest-charting female K-pop performer of all time on the Billboard 100, with their hit single ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’ opening at No. 55, more than 20 spots higher than the previous record held by Wonder Girls,” Forbes said of BLACKPINK.
CL, Forbes wrote, “is a key member of the iconic K-pop girl group 2NE1. She moved to the U.S. in 2014 after years of success with 2NE1, and songs such as ‘The Baddest Female’ and ‘Lifted’ saw her music top Spotify and reach Billboard’s Hot 100 within hours. Despite just a handful of solo songs released, her sold-out U.S. solo tour debut at Hammerstein Ballroom made Asia’s ‘baddest female’ the first Korean singer to solo in a major New York venue.”
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list was “chosen from over 2,000 entries, heavily researched by a team of reporters and vetted by an A-list of judges, we present you this year’s edition of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.”
“Representing 23 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, these 300 entrepreneurs and game-changers stood out for the right reasons,” it added.
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