CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders

Ahead of their time: Rebels, leaders and innovators

Lucky for us, there are young leaders eager to change the world and go against the status quo. In this volatile world challenged by booming populations, climate change, political unrest and sweeping technological transformation, these visionaries offer a dose of inspiration. Here are the next generation of trailblazers who CNBC (and our trusty advisory board) believe will be instrumental in reshaping all facets of society—including business, finance, science and technology—over the next 25 years.

This NEXT LIST—which follows the CNBC First 25—includes just some of the entrepreneurs, financiers, inventors and executives who are working on innovative solutions to global challenges. Already many have sparked transformative changes in their respective industries and disciplines. (Read about our criteria here.)

The list is not intended to be, nor can be, comprehensive or definitive—which is where you come in. You may know other pioneers who deserve honorable mention, so we invite you to peer into the future and weigh in on our picks. Submit your suggestions in the form below our list. 

[[image#102057503#102058419]][[link#102058419#Bill Ackman]]Founder and CEO, Pershing Square
Capital Management
[[image#102054099#102058448]][[link#102058448#Angela Ahrendts]]Senior vice president of retail, Apple
[[image#102026278#102058608]][[link#102058608#Jessica Alba]]Actor and co-founder, The Honest Co.
[[image#102054394#102058618]][[link#102058618#Sophia Amoruso]]Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal
[[image#102054412#102058724]][[link#102058724#Marc Andreessen]]General partner, Andreessen Horowitz
[[image#102026287#102058652]][[link#102058652#Garyn Angel]]Founder and CEO, MagicalButter
[[image#102054419#102058681]][[link#102058681#Ajay Banga]]President and CEO, MasterCard
[[image#102054429#102058696]][[link#102058696#Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal]]Co-founders, Flipkart
[[image#102059747#102058759]][[link#102058759#Mary Barra]]CEO, General Motors
[[image#102060395#102058703]][[link#102058703#Ayah Bdeir]]Interactive artist; founder and CEO, littleBits
[[image#102057528#102058712]][[link#102058712#Alex Behring]]Co-founder and managing partner, 3G Capital
[[image#102026291#102058717]][[link#102058717#Aneel Bhusri]]Co-founder and CEO, Workday
[[image#102057546#102058722]][[link#102058722#Hakan Binbasgil]]CEO, Akbank
[[image#102060410#102058885]][[link#102058885#Ana Botin]]Chair, Santander Group
[[image#102054451#102058726]][[link#102058726#Tory Burch]]Fashion designer; CEO, Tory Burch
[[image#102026299#102058454]][[link#102058454#Pete Cashmore]]CEO and founder, Mashable
[[image#102057564#102058485]][[link#102058485#Mike Cavanagh]]Co-president and co-COO, The Carlyle Group
[[image#102054458#102058542]][[link#102058542#Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler]]Co-founders, Kickstarter
[[image#102054498#102058572]][[link#102058572#Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia]]Co-founders, Airbnb
[[image#102026314#102058551]][[link#102058551#Kat Cole]]President, Cinnabon
[[image#102059725#102058728]][[link#102058728#Tim Cook]]CEO, Apple
[[image#102054515#102058888]][[link#102058888#Tracy Britt Cool, Todd Combs
and Ted Weschler]]
Berkshire Hathaway NexGen
[[image#102057852#102058609]][[link#102058609#Dick Costolo]]CEO, Twitter
[[image#102059823#102058891]][[link#102058891#Debra Crew]]President and CCO, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
[[image#102054522#102058733]][[link#102058733#Jack Dorsey]]Chairman and co-creator, Twitter; CEO, Square
[[image#102059753#102058892]][[link#102058892#David Drummond]]Chief legal officer, Google
[[image#102057909#102058732]][[link#102058732#Regina Dugan]]Vice president of special projects, Google
[[image#102026321#102058734]][[link#102058734#Daniel Ek]]Founder and CEO, Spotify
[[image#102059757#102058762]][[link#102058762#Amy Ellis-Simon]]Head of corporate access, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
[[image#102059728#102058769]][[link#102058769#Steve Ells]]Founder and co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill
[[image#102059745#102058765]][[link#102058765#Mary Erdoes]]CEO, JPM Asset Management
[[image#102057931#102058895]][[link#102058895#Tom Farley]]President, NYSE Group, Intercontinental Exchange
[[image#102059748#102058742]][[link#102058742#Mark Fields]]President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
[[image#102059828#102058741]][[link#102058741#Jane Fraser]]CEO, consumer banking, Citigroup
[[image#102059752#102058772]][[link#102058772#Ed Garden]]Founding partner and chief investment officer, Trian Partners
[[image#102054525#102058746]][[link#102058746#Jonathan Gray]]Global head of real estate, Blackstone Group
[[image#102054544#102058514]][[link#102058514#Helen Greiner]]CEO, CyPhyWorks
[[image#102059841#102058530]][[link#102058530#Rachel Haot]]Chief digital officer, New York State
[[image#102054559#102058541]][[link#102058541#Reed Hastings]]CEO, Netflix
[[image#102057947#102058555]][[link#102058555#Mellody Hobson]]President, Ariel Investments
[[image#102054583#102058561]][[link#102058561#Elizabeth Holmes]]Founder and CEO, Theranos
[[image#102026334#102058584]][[link#102058584#Drew Houston]]Founder and CEO, Dropbox
[[image#102059829#102058590]][[link#102058590#Darren Huston]]President and CEO, The Priceline Group
[[image#102059831#102058594]][[link#102058594#Brett Icahn]]Portfolio manager, Icahn Capital
[[image#102057969#102058898]][[link#102058898#LeBron James]]Professional basketball player
[[image#102060375#102058900]][[link#102058900#Renee James]]President, Intel
[[image#102026343#102058902]][[link#102058902#Lei Jun]]Founder, chairman and CEO, Xiaomi Tech
[[image#102028721#102058903]][[link#102058903#Travis Kalanick]]Founder and CEO, Über
[[image#102059760#102058904]][[link#102058904#Alex Karp]]Co-founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
[[image#102054589#102058752]][[link#102058752#Ben Kaufman]]Founder & CEO, Quirky
[[image#102054603#102058753]][[link#102058753#Sal Khan]]Executive director, Khan Academy
[[image#102060389#102058754]][[link#102058754#Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng]]Co-founders, Coursera
[[image#102059832#102058777]][[link#102058777#Jan Koum]]Co-founder and CEO, WhatsApp
[[image#102059833#102058779]][[link#102058779#Max Levchin]]Co-founder and CEO, Affirm
[[image#102060384#102058781]][[link#102058781#Aaron Levie]]Co-founder and CEO, Box
[[image#102054630#102058783]][[link#102058783#Uri Levine and Ehud Shabtai]]Co-founders, Waze
[[image#102028742#102058619]][[link#102058619#Robin Li]]Co-founder, chairman and CEO, Baidu
[[image#102059755#102058791]][[link#102058791#Daniel Loeb]]Founder and CEO, Third Point LLC
[[image#102026367#102058794]][[link#102058794#Jack Ma]]Founder and executive chairman, Alibaba
[[image#102054662#102058614]][[link#102058614#Pony Ma]]Founder, chairman and CEO, Tencent
[[image#102054638#102058905]][[link#102058905#Shannon May and Jay Kimmelman]]Co-founders, Bridge International Academies
[[image#102060508#102058797]][[link#102058797#Marissa Mayer]]President and CEO, Yahoo!
[[image#102054644#102058605]][[link#102058605#Doug McMillon]]President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores
[[image#102054673#102058907]][[link#102058907#Jordi Munoz and Chris Anderson]]Co-founders, 3D Robotics
[[image#102059849#102059044]][[link#102059044#James, Lachlan, Elisabeth Murdoch]]Murdoch NexGen
[[image#102054834#102059045]][[link#102059045#Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel]]Co-founders, Snapchat
[[image#102060393#102059046]][[link#102059046#Monica Musonda]]Founder and CEO, Java Foods
[[image#102054719#102058600]][[link#102058600#Elon Musk]]CEO and CTO, SpaceX; CEO, Tesla Motors
[[image#102054723#102058597]][[link#102058597#Blake Mycoskie]] Founder and chief Shoe Giver, Toms Shoes
[[image#102054730#102058591]][[link#102058591#Satya Nadella]]CEO, Microsoft
[[image#102054736#102058585]][[link#102058585#Alexis Ohanian]]Co-founder, Reddit
[[image#102054737#102058580]][[link#102058580#Jennifer Pahlka]]Founder and executive director, Code for America
[[image#102054785#102058573]][[link#102058573#Jonah Peretti]]Founder and CEO, Buzzfeed
[[image#102057995#102058566]][[link#102058566#Tyler Perry]]Actor, producer, director and writer
[[image#102059751#102059047]][[link#102059047#Karl-Johan Persson]]CEO and president, H&M
[[image#102054798#102058559]][[link#102058559#Bre Pettis]]Co-founder and former CEO, MakerBot
[[image#102059726#102059048]][[link#102059048#Sundar Pichai]]Senior vice president Android, Chrome, apps
[[image#102054801#102058545]][[link#102058545#Kevin Plank]]Chairman and CEO, Under Armour
[[image#102059743#102058527]][[link#102058527#Rapelang Rabana]]Founder and CEO, Rekindle Learning
[[image#102059846#102059684]][[link#102059684#Shonda Rhimes]]TV and movie screenwriter, director and producer
[[image#102059750#102059685]][[link#102059685#Lyndon Rive]]Co-founder and CEO, SolarCity
[[image#102058019#102059686]][[link#102059686#Larry Robbins ]]Founder and CEO, Glenview Capital Management
[[image#102059836#102059688]][[link#102059688#Gisel Ruiz]]Executive vice president and COO, Wal-Mart
[[image#102028747#102058747]][[link#102058747#Sheryl Sandberg]]COO, Facebook
[[image#102054815#102058802]][[link#102058802#Reshma Saujani]]Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
[[image#102059756#102058803]][[link#102058803#Charlie Scharf]]CEO of Visa
[[image#102026381#102058804]][[link#102058804#Ryan Seacrest]]Hollywood radio and TV producer
[[image#102054823#102058806]][[link#102058806#Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann]]Co-founders, Pinterest
[[image#102026388#102058812]][[link#102058812#Clara Shih]]Co-founder and CEO, Hearsay Social
[[image#102054828#102059691]][[link#102059691#Gwynne Shotwell]]President and COO, SpaceX
[[image#102054831#102058816]][[link#102058816#Shane Smith]]Co-founder and CEO, VICE
[[image#102054843#102058817]][[link#102058817#Kevin Systrom ]]Co-founder and CEO, Instagram
[[image#102054848#102058819]][[link#102058819#Peter Thiel]]Managing partner, Founders Fund
[[image#102060884#102059692]][[link#102059692#Alexa von Tobel]]Founder and CEO, LearnVest
[[image#102062330#102058820]][[link#102058820#Jun Wang]]Director, BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute)
[[image#102054861#102059693]][[link#102059693#Jeff Weiner]]CEO, LinkedIn
[[image#102054865#102059694]][[link#102059694#Emily White]]COO, Snapchat
[[image#102054868#102059695]][[link#102059695#Anne Wojcicki]]Co-founder and CEO, 23andMe
[[image#102026391#102059696]][[link#102059696#Susan Wojcicki]]CEO, YouTube
[[image#102028752#102059697]][[link#102059697#Nick Woodman]]CEO, GoPro