Hello friends,

The time has finally come for the grand unveiling of Forbes’ esteemed 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 list. Editors, journalists and judges have worked for over six months to discover the best and brightest leaders, pioneers and entrepreneurs under age 30 across the continent to define 300 finalists across 10 categories. For the third year, I had the grand opportunity to discover South Korea’s emerging generation of leaders.

In South Korea, the competition was fierce but over 30 finalists made the cut, from emerging Kpop idol group BLACKPINK and biracial model Hyunmin Han to gaming legend Faker and Dohee Keum, Gwanho Yoon & Dasol Lee, researchers at POSTECH. The list also includes expats in South Korea and South Koreans working overseas.

Here are the finalists from South Korea:

Food & Arts

Hyunmin Han, model

Jaewon Lim, GOPIZZA

Haejung (Michelle) Park, artist

Sanghyeon Kim, Bread Factory

Healthcare & Science

Dohee Keum, POSTECH

Gwanho Yoon & Dasol Lee, POSTECH

Roman Vernidub, Koru Pharmaceuticals

Yei Hwan Jung, Sungkyunkwan University

Youngjin Kim, Tesollo

Social entrepreneurs

Quan Nguyen, Yeonjeong (Jenny) Cho & Yongmin Cho, Say Global

Won-nyong (Peter) Park & Jisun Lee, ANGELSWING

Finance & VC

Do Kwon, Terraform Labs

Retail & Ecommerce

Junho Lee, Jienem

Sangmin (Theodore) Kim, Veluga Brewery Inc

Ye-seul Jung, O!OI


Hwanmin Gim, Jaeyeon Kim, Sohae Lee & Joontae Park, JeongYookGak

Taebyeong Jeon, Manna CEA

Hyun-ho Kim, KIST

Enterprise tech

Hyun-wook Kang, Bepro11

Consumer tech

Suji (Susie) Lee, Thingsflow

Jaeyoung Choi, Wingbling

Entertainment & Sports

Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé & Lisa, BLACKPINK


Hyeon-woo Jo, Daegu FC and Korean national football team

Kang-in Lee, FC Valencia

Peggy Gou, musician

Sang-hyeok (Faker) Lee, SK Telecom T1

Tae-ri Kim, actress

Congratulations to the finalists!

I’ve published this list on Medium. Share with the hashtags #ForbesUnder30 #ForbesU30Asia