From Kim Kardashian to Kim Jong-un, we look at some of the biggest movers and shakers aged 20-35

Kim Jong-un

The 33-year-old North Korean ruler, with a penchant for nuclear explosions,inspecting submarines and the odd cheeky cigarette, took the reins of the pariah state when his father, Kim Jong-il, died suddenly in 2011.

The young, Kim who is not averse to executing family members, celebrated his birthday in January with the country’s fourth nuclear test. A few weeks later he shot a rocket into the sky, triggering international condemnation and threats of further sanctions against the isolated state.

Despite early hopes that Kim may have been willing to open up the country to the rest of the world, North Korea’s preferred nuclear diplomacy seems here to stay.

Mark Zuckerberg

We have got to the point in the modern world where you can look back on your life in two distinct periods of time: pre-Facebook and post-Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AP

What started as a social network for Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard University classmates quickly ballooned to be one of the biggest websites in the world, used by 1.5 billion people – 20% of the world’s population.

So ubiquitous is Facebook that people now use it to document every aspect of their lives. The platform has been used by activists to organise some of the world’s biggest protests and “to Facebook” someone is now seen as an acceptable verb to some (ie. millennials). For his troubles, 31-year-old Zuckerberg, is now worth $46.7bn.

Justin Bieber

The Canadian pop star’s journey from teen YouTube sensation to international sex symbol has involved more than 50 tattoos, accusations of monkey cruelty and helping a babysitter land a modelling contract by Instagramming her photo with the words: “OMG, who is this?

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At just 22, Bieber is said to be worth $200m; he has smashed records held by the Beatles, and Drake, for having the most songs in the Billboard Hot 100 chart – 17 in one week – and can can proudly boast 60 million Instagram followers. A force to #belieb in.

Mohammed bin Salman

“He actually knows what PlayStation is”, may not be quite the badge of pride for all millennials, but for the 30-year-old deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia the comment from one of his supporters should serve as a reminder that he is dramatically more in tune with the general population than the head of his family: 80-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Mohammed bin Salman
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Mohammed bin Salman, defence minister. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Mohammed bin Salman, who also serves as a defence minister, has recently made a series of power moves that have caused the world to stand up and take notice: from presiding over the war in Yemen to efforts to fix the country’s economic woes.

His cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, stands next in line for the loyal leadership. But some Game of Thones-esque rumours suggest Salman may surpass him to become the most powerful man in the Arab world. How will he cope? Perhaps Kim can offer some tips?

Beyoncé Knowles

Mrs Carter, Queen Bey or just plain Beyoncé – whatever you choose to call the pop powerhouse there is no denying the strength of the 34-year-old’s economic and social capital.

Multi-award winner Beyoncé.
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Multi-award winner Beyoncé. Photograph: Armando Arorizo/Zuma/PA

She is the highest-ranked millennial on the Forbes 100 most powerful women list, coming in at number 21. Her last tour with rapper and music mogul husband Jay-Z (aged 46, so not a millennial) grossed more than $100m. Together the couplehave a combined net worth of $1bn.

And, with its New Orleans police cars and “stop shooting us” graffiti, her most recent video, Formation, was welcomed by the Black Lives Matter movement as a valuable contribution to the cause.

Kim Kardashian

Ever since the cameras invaded the home of the Kardashian family (where everything is spelt with a K), the socialite best known for a sex tape scandal has become an unstoppable global force.

Kim Kardashian, second most-followed Instagrammer.
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Kim Kardashian, second most-followed Instagrammer. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

The second most-followed person on Instagram, eclipsed only by Taylor Swift, is married to rapper Kanye West and can legitimately add model, fashion designer and author to her CV.

The 35-year-old (she only just makes the millennial grade) is said to be worth $52.5m and can proudly say she started the celeb-emojis craze with Kimoji, a digital pack of emoticons including a pregnant Kim, and Kim’s infamous behind in a swimsuit, reportedly making $1m a minute when it launched. A host of hip-hop heavyweights have followed suit.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Known to the entire human race as Lady Gaga. The “jazz-art-pop-punk-actress-fashion-magazine-editor-and-columnist!”, as she describes herself on her Instagram bio, is best known for using the world stage to champion the rights of people less able to speak for themselves.

Lady Gaga attends the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.
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Lady Gaga attends the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

She performed with sexual assault survivors at this year’s Oscars, has been celebrated as an “LGBT hero”, set up a foundation to help young people feel comfortable in their own skin and is primed for her acting debut in a film about addiction.

The 29-year-old is equally as renowned for her fashion bravery – see the meat dress, riot police and lamp shade look books – is said to be worth $59m. The true value of the Lady Gaga package? Priceless.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o was virtually unknown until her 30s when she won the world’s hearts and minds – and an Oscar, for her supporting role in 12 Years a Slave.

Her career has gone from strength to strength: she was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film version of the Jungle Book and a film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel Americanah. “Of course she was – everybody loves Lupita,” wrote Bim Adewunmi, who proudly named her “crush of the year” in 2014.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Photograph: Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

Shortly after clinching the Oscar in 2014, People Magazine named Nyong’o the most beautiful woman in the world – only the fourth time it had been given to a woman of colour since the awards began in 1990.The Mexican-Kenyan artist is a modern style icon, the face of beauty brandLancôme and recently celebrated her 33rd birthday – on the same day as Bieber.

 

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