The best investors, traders and innovators

Reported by Leonard Schoenberger

Top traders, adventurous venture capitalists and iconoclastic fintech entrepreneurs top the first-ever FORBES 30 Under 30 Europe financial list. Across the continent, these investors and inventors power the game-changing companies that shape how we pay and get paid.

Osama Ammar, 29 years old

(LEBANON) His irreverent venture capital fund, TheFamily, invests in and sponsors more than 200 startups. Ammar spent 10 years as an entrepreneur and founded an R&D crowdsourcing platform (Hypois), a security company (Zefir) and an investment company (Aletheis).

Dan Avery, 29

(UK) The Goldman Sachs index trader was appointed chief executive in 2015. When not sitting at the trading table, the Oxford graduate runs marathons of less than three hours and s training for the Iron Man Extreme Endurance Race.

Joachim Balé, 29 years old

(NORWAY) The investor is focusing on the energy companies of billionaire Tom Steyer’s Farallon Capital. He previously worked at Bain Capital Private Equity and at McKinsey & Company.

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Laura-Maria Baz, 26 years old

(UK) As an investor in commodities giant Vitol Group, she focuses on a multi-billion dollar energy portfolio. She previously worked at Citigroup from their offices in Russia, Korea and Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan Becker, 27 years old

(GERMANY) Computer scientist turned VC, Becker focuses on early-stage companies and uses his engineering background to create new tools for researching data-driven deals at global fund

Jonathan Bensoussan, 28 years old

(SPAIN) Bensoussan focuses on high yield bonds and credit hedging at BlackRock’s London office. He previously worked on mergers and acquisitions within the consumer distribution group of Goldman Sachs.

Stefania Boroli, 29 years old

(ITALY) Former Bain consultant helped launch ‘Idea Taste of Italy’, a private equity fund focused on the Italian food and wine sector, where she works as an investment manager . She also co-founded Mentors4u, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship to undergraduate students interested in finance.

Andrei Brasoveanu, 29 years old

(ROMANIA) The investor focuses on software, data applications and financial services. Prior to joining Accel, he was part of the Young Entrepreneur Program with Foundation Capital at Menlo Park. Before that, he helped create an algorithmic trading startup on Wall Street targeting commodity futures.

Ophelie Brown, 29 years old

(UK) Talk about persistence: When Typeform, a Spanish startup that creates simple online documents, launched its Series A round last year, Brown camped out in its Barcelona office for two weeks until that the deal is made with his company as lead investor. . She also funded Index’s investments in Osper, Big Health, Marvel and Call9.

Lamine Cheloufi, 26 / Garry Krugljakow 27

(GERMANY) The duo seek to make cash obsolete with their Cookies app, which allows people to exchange money via smartphone. The German Venmo focuses on security, both for your privacy and your money.

André de Haes, 28 years old

(FRANCE) Founder of Backed VC, a €30 million seed fund that provides entrepreneurs with comprehensive recruitment, marketing and global expansion services. Investments include European technology companies such as Jukedeck, Unmade, Lystable and Technology Will Save Us.

Gamze Demirci, 25 years old

(GERMANY) The analyst advises portfolio companies and performs due diligence at Hasso Plattner Ventures. She previously worked in Global Venture Development at Rocket Internet focusing on startups like Paymill and Easy Taxi.

Dario Galbiati Alborghetti, 27 years old

(ITALY) The investor thinks with his stomach. He runs Food Labs, part of Berlin-based Atlantic Labs, to help create and invest in food startups. Previously, Alborghetti launched its own food brand, Paleo Jerky.

Alexandre Graubner-Müller, 27 years old

(GERMANY) The CEO of Kreditech used big data and algorithms to create a faster, cheaper and easier digital bank for customers. A former engineer at Rocket Internet, he previously founded the predictive desktop market, Predict X.

Uwe Horstmann, 29

(GERMANY) Founded Project A Ventures, a $100 million venture capital fund with offices in Berlin and Sao Paulo, where he focuses on deal flow and product management. He was previously a general manager at Rocket Internet where he focused on launching international products.

Frances Houwelling, 29 years old

(NETHERLANDS) A versatile investor, Houweling has made successful bets on Hong Kong fund management company Vistra and Belgian cleaning products maker CID Lines. She was previously an analyst in the investment banking and fixed income divisions of JP Morgan.

Lauren Hurwitz, 29

(UNITED KINGDOM) The London-based Director provides operational and managerial oversight of Moelis & Company’s EMEA region offices. Hurwitz helped launch the firm’s Global Women’s Leadership Forum, which hosts more than a dozen global events.

Amy Kang, 26 years old

(SOUTH KOREA) Global finance expert helps large corporations manage tax, legal and foreign exchange risks at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s London office.

Christophe Knaack, 29 years old

(GERMANY) Joined KKR as an analyst in their Private Equity team in London after working as an investment banking analyst in the technology sector team at Morgan Stanley. At KKR, he has already participated in the acquisitions of Trainline, Scout24 Schweiz and OEG, the sale of Fotolia to Adobe as well as the growth capital investment in the Berlin startup GetYourGuide.

Marta Krupinska, 27 years old

(POLAND) Passionate entrepreneur and strong advocate for diversity in the fintech industry. I saw how difficult it was to send money home as a Polish expat. Co-founded Azimo to radically change the way people living abroad send money to family and friends. Over the past two years, the company has raised $30 million in Series A and B funding and is among the fastest growing fintech companies in Europe.

Niklas Nikolai, 22 years old

(GERMANY) Covers mid-market transactions in the German-speaking world for European private equity firm EQT Partners. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt on mergers and capital markets transactions.

Philippe Petrescu, 23 years old

(GERMANY) Co-founded peer-to-peer lender Lendico to offer borrowers better rates and lenders higher returns. Prior to Lendico, he managed corporate finance for Rocket Internet and worked at McKinsey & Co and JPMorgan.

Maximilien Rofagha, 28 years old

(SWITZERLAND) The founder of Finimize wants to help millennials learn about finance. He launches a site that simplifies financial news and concepts for business beginners. Rofagha previously founded DeinDeal, an online retailer that was acquired by media conglomerate Ringier.

Mahesh Rupanagudi, 27 years old

(INDIA) Advises insurance companies on mergers and acquisitions as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Rupanagudi previously handled deal structuring at the investment bank’s offices in Mumbai.

Arnie Sriskandarajah, 28

(UK) The investor and entrepreneur co-founded ‘The Collective Elevator’ seed investment fund focused on consumer-centric businesses. Formerly at Rocket Internet, he launched several e-commerce businesses and ran HelloFresh operations in the UK.

Jonathan Teklu, 28 years old

(GERMANY) The entrepreneur-turned-investor set up Berlin-based investment firm Springstar after selling his e-commerce company, Global Leads Group, to Hotzbrinck Digital. He has invested in AirBnb and travel startup Comtravo.

Maximilien Thaler, 29 years old

(GERMANY) Manages an innovation fund that focuses on fast-growing technology and industrial companies in the German-speaking world. Prior to joining DJE Capital, Thaler was an equity analyst in New York for billionaire John Paulson’s Paulson & Co.

Christian Tiessen, 28 years old

(GERMANY) The managing director and co-founder of Savedo runs a marketplace for conservative investors to easily access CDs and short-term bonds. Previously, Tiessen founded Casacanda, a flash sale company later acquired by

Nicolas Wittenborn, 26 years old

(GERMANY) Covers mobile, consumer technology and enterprise software for Point 9 Capital. Wittenborn has led investments in Revolut, Showbie and Helpling, among others.

George Yifan Tan, 28 years old

(CHINA) Portfolio manager focuses on global macro trading at Balyasny Asset Management. Prior to that, he traded fixed income at Morgan Stanley and derivatives at Tibra Capital.

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