By Quibian Salazar-Moreno


      In the new issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, the editors have compiled their 2007 Hot List: America’s Most Powerful Players Under 40. The list features ultimate achievers under the age of 40 in media, music, entertainment, and sports.

      "These celebrities have shrewdly leveraged their fame to build multimillion-dollar empires that will sustain them beyond their careers in sports and entertainment," Editor-at- Large Carolyn Brown said in a statement. "Plus, this year’s list goes outside the box to include business executives, top-ranked money managers, and medical researchers whose impact on our world is undeniable."


      You’ll recognize a lot of names like Kanye, 50, Diddy, Jay-Z, Timbaland, LeBron James, but you’ll also see plenty of non-famous people and business execs. Here’s the full list:


  DeAnna Allen, 39, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro L.L.P.

  Tyra Banks, 34, TV Producer, Bankable Productions

  Mary J. Blige, 36, Singer

  Chris Brown, 18, Singer, Actor

  Nana Boateng, 30, Designer

  Kawanna Brown, 34, Chief Operating Officer, Magic Johnson Cos.

  Nick Cannon, 27, Actor, TV Producer

  Edwidge Danticat, 38, Author, Brother I’m Dying

  Adrian M. Fenty, 37, Mayor, District of Columbia

  Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, 37, Rapper, President & CEO, Def Jam

  Susan Chapman, 39, Global Head of Operations, Citi Realty Services

  Sean "Diddy" Combs, 37, Rapper, CEO, Music/TV Producer, Bad Boy   Worldwide Entertainment Group

  T. Troy Dixon, 36, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Securities

  Rosalyn Durant, 31, Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN

  Chinedu U. Echeruo, 34, Founder, CEO,

  Lisa Ellis, 37, Executive Vice President, Sony Music Label Group

  Kirk Franklin, 37, Singer

  Amy Ellis-Simon, 35, Managing Director, Head, Multiproduct Sales &

    Emerging Client Coverage, Merrill Lynch

  Njema Frazier, 37, Physicist, National Nuclear Security Administration

  Sean "The Pen" Garrett, 29, Songwriter, Music Producer

  Magnus Greaves, 33, Founder, Doubledown Media

  Richard C. Gay, 39, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Operations, VH1 & CMT

  Tracy Green, 36, Associate Executive Director, Finance Department,

    Bellevue Hospital Center

  Thierry Henry, 30, Professional Athlete

  Floyd Nathaniel "Danja" Hills, 26, Music Producer

  Lewis Hamilton, 22, Professional Athlete, Formula One race driver

  Mellody Hobson, 38, President, Ariel Capital Management L.L.C.

  Barrington Irving, 24, Aviator

  Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, 32, Rapper

  Paulianda Jones, M.D., 28, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt

    University School of Medicine

  Alicia Keys, 26, Singer, Songwriter, Actress

  Melanie Kinchen, M.D., 38, Medical Director, Orthopaedic Surgeon,

    Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Spine Center

  Ronald Holt, Jr., 39, President & CEO, Hansberger Global Investors Inc.

  Charles King, 38, Senior Vice President, Agent, William Morris Agency

  Beyonce Knowles, 26, Singer, Actress

  Kimora Lee Simmons, 32, Creative Director, Phat Fashions L.L.C.

  Phil Ivey, 31, Professional Poker Player

  Kevin Liles, 39, Executive Vice President, Warner Music Group

  Treena Livingston Arinzeh, 37, Biomedical Engineer, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  Vanessa Morrison, 38, President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

  LeBron James, 22, Professional Athlete, Cleveland Cavaliers

  Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, 36, Music Producer

  Andrea Nelson Meigs, 39, Talent Agent, International Creative Management

  Wyclef Jean, 35, Rapper, Music Producer

  Will Packer, 33, and Rob Hardy, 35, Film Producers; Director, Rainforest


  Steve Pamon, 37, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution & Strategic

    Partnerships, Home Box Office

  Brian Parker, 32, Vice President of Emerging Markets & New Business

    Development, Choice Hotels International

  Tyler Perry, 38, Playwright, Actor, Screenwriter, CEO, Tyler Perry Studios

  John Legend, 29, Singer

  Dana "Queen Latifah" Owens, 37, Singer, Actress

  Lisa Pickrum, 37, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, RLJ


  Usher Raymond IV, 29, Singer, Actor

  Shonda Rhimes, 37, TV Producer, Writer, Director, Grey’s Anatomy

  Marcus Samuelsson, 37, Co-Owner, Aquavit

  Will Smith, 39, Actor, Film Producer

  Window Snyder, 32, "Chief Security Something or Other," Mozilla

  Steve Stoute, 37, Founder, Chairman, Translation Consultation & Brand


  LaDainian Tomlinson, 28, Professional Athlete, San Diego Chargers

  Kara Walker, 38, Artist, Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My

    Oppressor, My Love

  Shane and Shawn Ward, 34, President & Co-Founder; Creative Director & Co-

    Founder, Detny footwear by SHANE&SHAWN

  Kanye West, 30, Music Producer, Rapper

  Stevie Williams, 28, Professional Athlete, Skateboarding

  Venus Williams, 27, Professional Athlete, Tennis

  Kehinde Wiley, 30, Artist, Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

  Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, 32, Professional Athlete, Golf


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  • Will the Thrill

    Jay Z is 39. He was born December 4, 1968. He’s almost 40