Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List Includes Serena Williams, Kevin Hart and Chance the Rapper

To be young, gifted, disruptive and black. This year the Fortune 40 Under 40annual ranking of the most influential and innovative young people in business includes several of our best and brightest — Serena Williams (#7); Kevin Hart (#17) and Chance the Rapper (#29).

Here’s why they made the cut:

Serena Williams, 35: This has been a banner year for the tennis pro. Williams got married, had a baby girl, set a new record for number of Open-era grand slam titles (23) and was the highest-paid female athlete ($27 million over the past 12 months from June). In May, she also joined the board of online survey giant SurveyMonkey, a month later she expanded her portfolio by investing in food startup Daily Harvest, and has spoken out forcefully for equal pay for women of color. In other words, Serena’s a boss.

Kevin Hart, 38: He’s the world’s hottest comic: He filled the massive Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for his latest show, What Now?, which he made into a movie that grossed $23.5 million.  Hart also stars in the upcoming holiday blockbuster,, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and is planning another tour. Additionally, the former shoe salesman opened a sprawling production studio and launched a streaming TV network. How does he juggle it all? “I am addicted to success,” Hart told Fortune. “And at the end of the day I want my name to have a powerful meaning. Every [business venture] I’m looking at as a building block. It’s helping me become the mogul that I want to be.”

Chance the Rapper, 24: Reportedly worth $9 million, the Chicago rapper is the youngest person on 2017’s  Fortune 40 Under 40 list. Born Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, Chance is the first streaming-only artist to win a Grammy and the first male rap solo artist to win Best New Artist. He reportedly earned $500,000 through an Apple Music deal and back in October he partnered with the ride-sharing service Lyft to generate contributions to his New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which supports arts education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He also donated $1 million to the struggling CPS and bought out a Chicago movie theater’s showings of Get Out – earning him the nickname “Chance the Giver.”

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