These People in Forbes' 30 Under 30 List Might Depress You
High achievers this young should come with a trigger warning

The Forbes 30 under 30 is an annual event and who's who of the young and successful of America. It's almost like being called as part of your class' Top 10. Only maybe a hundred times better.

Described by Forbes as, "Our annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different industries" for whom "Selecting these youthful visionaries is a year-round obsession," you can only imagine how painful a read it is.

The catalogue is split into 20 categories with 30 honorees in each group. The categories are:

Art & Style
Consumer Tech
Enterprise Tech
Food & Drink
Hollywood & Entertainment
Law & Policy
Manufacturing & Industry
Marketing & Advertising
Retail & E-commerce
Social Entrepreneurs
Venture Capital

The ones that make you feel most like a chronic underachiever? Well, there's the 29-year-old director of Bank of America - or the Vice President of Goldman Sachs of the same age.

There's endless app, platform and agency founders like the 23-year-old co-founders of renting app Loftsmart, the 20-year-old (20!) founder of Teal Drones or the 22-year-old founder of bankruptcy assistance app Upsolve.

If you're feeling particularly self-loathing, you can even sort by 'Youngest' to find a 13-year-old black literature activist and 15-year-old inventor. Good on them though, obviously.

As for more familiar faces, amongst the celebrities recognized this year were: 29-year-old actor Zoe Kravitz, supermodels Karlie Kloss (25-years-old) and Jourdan Dunn (27-years-old) and musicians Khalid (19-years-old), Lil Uzi Vert (23-years-old), and Travis Scott (26-years-old).

If that wasn't difficult enough for you, don't worry, Forbes never repeat an honoree on the list so there'll be a whole new set of (painfully) fresh faces next year.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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