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This year marks the fifth annual Gen.T List, which recognises 400 young leaders who are shaping Asia's future. The list will be released online on October 15. Until then, the identity of the honourees on the list is a closely guarded secret. But we can reveal some details about the make-up of the list as a whole.

Here are some stats on the Gen.T List 2020, and how we put the list together.


1.jpgAmanda Chong, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The average age of this year’s honourees. Only people under 40 are eligible for inclusion.

71 percent

2.jpgRyan Cheung, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

284 of this year’s honourees, or 71 percent, own their companies; 170 are founders and 109 are co-founders.

70 million

3.jpgChicha Amatayakul, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The combined number of Instagram and Weibo followers the 2020 honourees have between them.

40 percent

4.pngNico Bolzico, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

159 of the 400 honourees are women, or 40 percent. Mainland China is the region with the highest proportion of women, at 45 percent.


5.jpgPeggy Chan, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The number of unicorns—a company valued at more than US$1 billion—run by people on the list.

US$1.6 billion

6.jpgVirot Chiraphadhanakul, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The amount of funding companies founded by this year’s honourees attracted between January 2019 and June 2020—the window of time we assess when looking at a candidate’s credentials.


7.pngIza Calzado, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The number of honourees in this year’s most popular category, Technology. The next most popular are Finance & Venture Capital (33), The Arts (32) and Sustainability (30).

10 months

8.jpgJackson Aw, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The length of time taken to compile the list. During this period, we conducted extensive market research, spent more than 60 hours on the phone consulting with our panel of industry insiders, and more than 100 hours in vetting meetings across the region.


9.pngChidchanok Chidchob, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The size of the long list from which the final list of honourees is narrowed down.


10.jpgGabriel Tan, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The number of experts on the Tribe, our panel of industry heavyweights who nominate and help vet candidates for the Gen.T List.

18 months

11.jpgKelly Chen, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The key criteria for the Gen.T List is achievement in the past 18 months.

6 percent

12.jpgAnkiti Bose, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

24 honourees, or 6 percent, work for a family-owned company.


13.jpgSharul Channa, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The number of honourees who have also been previously included on the Gen.T List, meaning 395 of the names on this year's list are new to our community. 


14.jpgNoel Guevara, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

This year's list of 400 disruptors under 40 brings the total number of Gen.T honourees in our community up to 2,000. 


15.jpgAnny Fan, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

The Gen.T List includes people from eight countries and territories across Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand.


16.jpgLawrence Chu, a 2019 Gen.T honouree

Of the 400 people on the Gen.T List 2020, the largest number, 102, come from Mainland China, with 55 each from Indonesia and Singapore.

38 percent

113 honourees, or 38 percent, are married. Whereas 75 honourees, or 19 percent, have children.