Three Portuguese make Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ lists

Three Portuguese make Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ lists

Success || Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, street artist ‘Vhils’ and medical researcher Maria José Pereira have all been featured in popular magazine Forbes for having built “successful careers under the age of 30”.

The Portuguese trio made Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ lists, which shine the spotlight on under 30s who have achieved great accomplishments and established successful careers in their respective lines of work. There are 20 lists for different areas/sectors.

29-year-old Ronaldo is, of course, featured in the ‘Sports’ list.

“Already considered one of the greatest (footballers) of all time, Ronaldo was a three-time Premier League champion with Manchester United before famously moving to Real Madrid in 2009 for a transfer fee of more than $130 million (around €94 million),” the magazine states, adding that he is also “the second-highest paid athlete in the world, netting a total $80 million in 2013” (around €66.64 million).

Street artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils), 27, made the ‘Art and Style’ list and was highlighted for the murals he has painted in more than “50 cities around the world”, most of which display a “single large texture face in earth tones, made with a technique that combines carving and painting”.

As Forbes pointed out, a recent solo show entitled ‘Dissecação/Dissection’ that the artist displayed at the Museum of Electricity in Lisbon received over 65,000 visitors over the course of three months. He also directed a video for ‘Raised by Wolves’, a song by popular Irish rock band U2.

Last but not least, medical researcher Maria Pereira, 29, was featured in the ‘Healthcare’ list for inventing a special glue that “patches holes inside a beating heart”.

“The adhesive can be activated when hit by light and is able to adhere under highly challenging surgical environments, such as in minimally invasive procedures. The technology has been licensed to Gecko Medical, a French medtech that raised $11 million (around €9 million) in venture capital in 2013,” the magazine stressed.

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