Each year, Forbes Magazine publishes the much-anticipated 30 Under 30 list. The feature spotlights 30 game changers and successful individuals — all under the age of 30 — for each of 20 fields. This year, two Milken alumni made the list: Mark Gurman ‘12 and Asher Vollmer ‘08.
Gurman, who was named in the Media category, is the Senior Editor of 9to5mac.com, a website that delivers breaking news and reviews of Apple products and rumors about the company’s next steps. For example, Gurman revealed the first pictures of the iPhones 5 and 6 and published information about Siri and the Apple Watch before their release. He began working at 9to5mac.com in 10th grade and has been working there for 5 years. Gurman is currently a junior at the University of Michigan.
Vollmer, who was named in the Games category, is a videogame designer who now works independently after stints with design companies puzzlejuice and thatgamecompany. His most popular game is Threes!, which received great scores from many websites and a 2014 Apple Design Award. Vollmer graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. A Roar alumnus, Vollmer started graphic design by laying out Roar editions, back when it was a print publication.
His reaction to being named to the list was, “Holy moly I’m in Forbes! Move over billionaires, here comes “kid from Milken who likes grids a lot!.” The grids refers to his game, Threes!
In order to make the list, prospective moguls must first be nominated. Only then can they partake in a judging ceremony, in which they are evaluated by experts in each field.
Other notable names in different categories include NBA superstar James Harden in Athletics, actress Emma Stone in Hollywood and Entertainment, and Ed Sheeran in Music.