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Forbes 30 under 30: 30 Singapore entries featured under Asia list

This year's Forbes Asia list has 9 Singapore entries under the Enterprise Technology category.

Musician Shye (left) and Gwyneth Ang, co-founder of One Prawn & Co (right), two Singapore names in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Musician Shye (left) and Gwyneth Ang, co-founder of One Prawn & Co (right), two Singapore names in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. (PHOTOS: Screengrab from Shye's Youtube and One Prawn & Co.) (Shye, One Prawn & Co)

SINGAPORE — Thirty Singapore personalities and entities have been featured in the 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list announced on Thursday (18 May), making Singapore the country with the fourth-highest number of honourees in the Asia-Pacific region.

Notable Singapore honourees in the 2023 list include US-based Singaporean author Kyla Zhao and the co-founder of eatery One Prawn & Co, Gwyneth Ang Yee Lyn, who had initially started the eatery as a hawker stall specialising in prawn noodles and later opened a restaurant that received a Michelin Bib Gourmand listing in 2022.

Other notable honourees on the list are the King of Fried Rice founder Lester Li, a school dropout who is now the owner of a successful chain of over 30 fried rice stalls, and the founder of non-alcoholic spirits maker Melati Drinks Lorin Winata, who started the company because she wasn't keen on drinking alcohol as part of her job to socialise as an investment associate.

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Founder of Seastainable Samantha Tian was the only Singaporean honouree to make it under the Social Impact category this year, while musician Shye was the sole Singaporean included in the Entertainment & Sports category. The co-founders of 4D cast printers Castomize, Abel Teo, Eleora Teo and Johannes Sunarko, were the only Singapore entrants under the Healthcare & Science category.

Overall, there were nine Singaporean honourees under the Enterprise Technology category while the Media, Marketing & Advertising category saw six entries from Singapore.

The 30 honourees from Singapore include non-Singaporeans who are based and operate in the city-state.

In 2022, 34 Singapore individuals made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list – which made Singapore the country with the second-highest number of honourees that year after India, which had 61 entries.

The annual list features 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers across the Asia-Pacific region who are under the age of 30. Inclusion in the list is decided by the Forbes Asia team and a panel of independent judges on a variety of factors, such as funding, revenue, social impact, scale, inventiveness and potential.

For each of the 10 categories, 30 entrants are selected. The categories include the Arts (Art & Style, Food & Drink); Entertainment & Sports; Finance & Venture Capital; Media, Marketing & Advertising; Retail & E-commerce; Enterprise Technology; Industry, Manufacturing & Energy; Healthcare & Science; Social Impact and Consumer Technology. Founders of the same company were counted as one entry on the list.

Notable names in Asia-Pacific

Across the Asia-Pacific region, some of the more notable inclusions on this year's list are K-pop girl bands Le Sserafim and NewJeans, Thai actor Metawin Opas-iamkajorn, South Korean content creator Wonjeong Seo, mental health advocate Chan Sheung Yee who founded Companion HK, Chinese film director Chen Jianying, and co-founders of Loop Health Mayank Kale and Amrit Singh.

India leads the region with the highest number on this year's list at 75, followed by China with 34. Japan came in third with 33 honourees, while South Korea took the fifth spot with 28 mentions on the list.

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