27. Sophia Amoruso
Founder of Nasty Gal
Amoruso is the ultimate success story for turning an unusual hobby into a multimillion-dollar business.
She started Nasty Gal in 2006 as an eBay store selling women’s vintage clothing. Not a new concept, sure, but the college dropout showed extreme resourcefulness and business savvy in that most of the pieces she sold were found while Dumpster diving. Today the website has grown into a full-fledged online retailer with more than $100 million in sales. Inc named Amoruso to its 30 Under 30 list last year.
Probably the most amazing thing of it all is that Amoruso had never worked in fashion before Nasty Gal — she was just a well-dressed young woman with an eye for fashion. Amoruso just published her first book, #GIRLBOSS, which outlines her successful business journey and the crazy, exponential growth of her brand.
25. Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Despite being one of the biggest emerging world powers, Brazil hasn’t exactly been on the up and up in recent years. But with the World Cup just around the corner, all eyes are on Brazil and its president, Dilma Rousseff. The World Cup is expected to drive people en masse to the country, which is hosting a total of 64 soccer matches in 12 cities.
The cities have all constructed state-of-the-art fields, hotels, restaurants, and other opportunities for tourists to spend money and boost the Brazilian economy. Tourists are expected to bring in about $11 billion over the one-month course of the event.
All good things for Rousseff, especially seeing as growth has been sluggish and inflation has been the increasing. Rousseff has also achieved some target financial goals since being elected, and the boost of tourism this summer could help her achieve even more.