Sabrina Carpenter’s 2020 started, quite literally, on a high note. On March 10, she made her Broadway debut as the lead in Mean Girls. Two days later, struck by the pandemic, Broadway went dark. Carpenter—who previously starred in Disney’s Girl Meets World— doubled down on her work behind the camera. After trying her hand at producing on Netflix’s dance film Work It, she launched At Last Productions in October. Her first project is starring in and executive-producing a musical take on Alice in Wonderland, which she pitched and sold (over Zoom) for more than $1 million to Netflix. “I get to make the decisions and decide where my life gets to go,” she says. She’s also recording her fifth studio album; her first four have accrued over 1 billion streams. When asked about her goals, she thinks for just a moment: “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted an EGOT.” That’s Hollywood- speak for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

As North America settles in for a long pandemic winter, there are bright spots on the horizon. Hundreds of them. The 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists and entertainers featured in our 10th Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 give everyone reason to hope. Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital front- lines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs. This year they were photographed by one of their own: Mamadi Doumbouya, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea who appears in this year’s Art & Style group. Collectively, our Under 30 trailblazers have raised over $1 billion in venture funding and are proof positive that ambition and innovation can’t be quarantined.

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