Crain’s Releases “40 Under Forty” List

March 26, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Nick Cannon, at a March 14 Nickelodeon Upfront presentation in New York, was named one of Crain's 40 Under Forty for 2012. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Crain’s New York announced its highly anticipated annual “40 Under Forty” list on Monday, highlighting the top 40 people who achieved success in business before turning 40.

Entertainer Nick Cannon, founder of Ncredible Entertainment, was among the most widely known on the list. He hosts “America’s Got Talent,” hosts a top-40 radio countdown show, has programming on TeenNick network, and owns his own production company.

Tony award winning composer Robert Lopez, designer Charlotte Ronson, and CBS News President David Rhodes rounded out the more-well-known names.

Crain’s list also showcased many not-so-well-known faces from high-profile companies, such as Hilary Mason, who is a chief scientist at In a video on the Crain’s website, Mason recalled in kindergarten how she realized that she might have a future in computers. She programmed her computer to say “Hilary is great” and her teacher couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

Serkan Piantino, an engineering manager at Facebook, recalled a big moment in his career. During the annual F8 conference at Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new Timeline feature. “That was a pretty big ‘ah-ha’ moment,” he said via a Crain’s video.

Candidates are nominated by friends, families, or acquaintances, in November and are selected through a rigorous process by Crain’s editors.