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A new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators are make their presence felt, as "millennials" come of age.

Across the world, millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—are leading the way in technology, excelling in sport, fighting for human rights and even risking their lives for what they believe.

From Malala Yousafzai to Mark Zuckerberg, CNBC profiles some young change-makers, from oldest to youngest, whose words and deeds have already shaken the world.

By Anmar Frangoul, Special to CNBC.com, on August 19, 2015.

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