Mark Zuckerberg has already successfully outlived John Keats by two years, and now he can add another achievement to his resumé. Fortune just put him on top of their “40 Under 40” list, the second annual celebration of brilliant twenty- and thirtysomethings whose relentless innovation and business savvy have transformed our world. Zuckerberg beat out his fellow Silicon Valley youngsters Larry Page (Google CEO, No. 2) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder, No. 9), although Google has the most spots on the list — besides Page, there’s also co-Founder Sergey Brin (No. 11) and VP Marissa Mayer (No. 20). (Ah, but Facebook has been the subject of a brilliantly, controversially fictionalized film masterpiece*, while Google was merely the subject of the 2007 film Google Me, a film none of us knew existed until two seconds ago.) Also on the list: American Idol host and Kardashian Kingpin Ryan Seacrest (No. 13), Marvel Studios Prez and Avengers herdsman Kevin Feige (No. 16), and the latest Messiah who will save the music industry by destroying it: Daniel Ek of Spotify (No. 18). Plus lots of men in suits who work for companies you’ve never heard of, but who nevertheless own the ground you walk on.
*Wouldn’t it be awesome if they tried to make a Social Network version of the Google story, with 50 Cent cast in a dual role as Page and Brin, and Jim Sheridan directing? It’d be just like Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which is a movie that actually happened!
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