Watch These People in 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s hard to say what the Bloomberg 50 will look like in December 2018. But the people below—nominated, in some cases, by our Bloomberg 50 honorees—are all burnishing their credentials.

Clockwise from top left: James Jebbia; Kamala Harris; Kyunghyun Cho; Carolyn McCall; Hannah Alper; Melina Matsoukas. 

Kyunghyun Cho
Assistant professor, NYU; research scientist, Facebook AI Research
Nominated by Geoffrey Hinton
Cho works in a subfield of artificial intelligence called natural language processing, designing processes to make translation algorithms faster and more accurate. “He’s had a huge impact on machine translation,” Hinton says.
Carolyn McCall
McCall, who takes charge of Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster in January, comes from EasyJet Plc, which she turned into one of Europe’s most popular budget airlines.

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Hannah Alper
Environmental activist
Nominated by Lilly Singh

The 14-year-old has been running an environmentalist blog since she was 9 and is already an accomplished public speaker, Singh says, touring North America with the children’s charity We Day.
Melina Matsoukas
Nominated by Jill Soloway

Matsoukas made her name directing music videos for Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. “She is a masterful, unstoppable force,” says Soloway, whose production company is working with Matsoukas to adapt A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, for Amazon Studios. 
James Jebbia
Founder, Supreme
The revered streetwear label sold a 50 percent stake to the Carlyle Group at a valuation of about $1.1 billion, which will allow Supreme to expand the business, likely in Asia.
Senator Kamala Harris
Democrat, California
With her dogged questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Harris, California’s first female attorney general, solidified her status as a 2020 presidential contender.

Clockwise from top left: John Krafcik; Pat Miguel Tomaino; Ronan Farrow; Nico Vandervelpen; Carlos Tavares.

Ronan Farrow
Journalist, NBC
The son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow already had a public profile before pursuing the Harvey Weinstein story for the New Yorker. He’s since become an anti-harassment crusader, speaking out about abuses of power.
Nico Vandervelpen
Co-founder and managing director, Bioqube Ventures
Nominated by Francesco De Rubertis

An up-and-comer in early-stage medical technology investing, says De Rubertis, Vandervelpen started Bioqube in 2016 with Johnson & Johnson’s in-house business incubator program, already a client.

Carlos Tavares
Chairman and CEO, Groupe PSA
Long second in command to Carlos Ghosn at Renault-Nissan Alliance, Tavares is challenging his former boss as head of his French rival. Since taking over Groupe PSA in 2014, he’s led a profit-boosting international expansion, and this year he acquired Opel Automobile GmbH from General Motors Co.
John Krafcik
CEO, Waymo Inc.
A former Hyundai Motor America and Ford Motor Co. executive, Krafcik announced in early November that Google’s self-driving car division had started testing vehicles without backup drivers on public roads.
Pat Miguel Tomaino
Associate director of socially responsible investing, Zevin Asset Management LLC
Tomaino filed the first shareholder proposal asking a U.S. company, Starbucks Corp., to offer parental leave to all employees, including adoptive parents and LGBT couples, at all wage levels. Starbucks opposed the proposal but amended its leave policy to include adoptive parents working in retail locations. 

From left: James McBride; Bozoma Saint John; David Prior.

James McBride
Managing partner, Nihi Hotels & Resorts
The group’s single Indonesian hotel, Nihiwatu, has been called the best in the world. It’s now preparing to open Kodi, an all-inclusive resort brand, to go after millennials.
Bozoma Saint John
Chief brand officer, Uber Technologies Inc.
Investors still have confidence in Uber, but its image has never been worse. Saint John, hired from Apple Music, ended a Wife Appreciation Day promotion in India and has spoken out, with new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, about changing Uber’s culture.
David Prior
Founder, Prior Knowledge
The former travel writer is parlaying his insider knowledge into a tour company backed by a co-founder of Copenhagen’s acclaimed restaurant Noma and a former Barneys chief marketing officer.

Clockwise from left: Chieh Huang; Tim Brown; Martha Bailey; Karl Siebrecht; Sarah Al-Suhaimi. 

Karl Siebrecht
Co-founder and CEO, Flexe
Siebrecht created a marketplace for underused storage locations across the U.S.; merchants wary of selling goods on can now rent warehouse space near areas they want to serve, so they can deliver goods at Prime speeds.
Sarah Al-Suhaimi
Chairwoman, Tadawul
The first woman to chair Saudi Arabia’s stock market, she will preside over the exchange with what’s likely to be the world’s most valuable business once Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the state-run oil company, completes its initial public offering (slated for 2018).
Chieh Huang
CEO, Boxed
Huang started the “Costco for millennials” from his garage four years ago, offering bulk-scale household staples online; this year the company automated its 140,000-square-foot New Jersey warehouse to power growth.
Tim Brown
Co-founder, Allbirds
A former standout on New Zealand’s men’s soccer team, Brown designed a wool shoe, the Wool Runner, that combines street style and technical performance and is already part of the Silicon Valley uniform.
Martha Bailey
Economist, University of Michigan
Her research on the positive economic effects of contraception has influenced debates around health care and pay equity.

Editor: Jillian Goodman
Photographs: Alper, Al-Suhaimi, Bailey, Brown, Cho, McBride, Prior, Siebrecht, Tomaino, Vandervelpen: Courtesy of subjects (10). Farrow, Harris, Saint John, Tavares: Getty Images (4). Huang, Krafcik: Bloomberg (2). Jebbia: Shutterstock. Matsoukas: WireImage. McCall: Redux

(Corrects the purpose of the Wool Runner shoe designed by Tim Brown.)