Nearly a Dozen HBCU Alumni Made This Year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 List


  • HBCU graduates from Morehouse, Spelman, Howard and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore were honored by Forbes.
  • They represent some of the brightest stars in the fields across finance, retail, media, entertainment, social impact and food.
  • Last year, only three HBCU graduates made the Forbes list.

Last week, Forbes released their annual list of 600 of the most talented young people in the world making waves. Among the hundreds of honorees, 11 attended HBCUs, a large increase from the three HBCU graduates on Forbes’ list last year. 

Here is this year’s class of HBCU alumni across multiple industries:

Mirtha Donastorg

Mirtha Donastorg is a corps member with Report for America and The Plug's HBCU Innovation Editor and Senior Reporter, exploring start-up initiatives and innovations coming from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as the way students are shaping the future of tech. She previously worked as an associate producer and a researcher for CNN.