Tyrone Mings and Hector Bellerin named as 'visionary leaders' in Forbes’ list of '30 Under 30'

The American magazine have compiled the most influential young entrepreneurs

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Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa has been named on Forbes '30 under 30' list
Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa has been named on Forbes '30 under 30' list Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Tyrone Mings and Hector Bellerin have been named alongside Greta Thunberg as “visionary leaders” in Forbes’ list of “30 Under 30”.

The American magazine have compiled the most influential young entrepreneurs, with Mings and Bellerin representing football, joining athletes such as Tom Daley, Simona Halep and Fallon Sherrock. 

Thunberg, the Swedish environmentalist who has been nominated for two Nobel Peace Prizes, is among actors, musicians and sport stars on the fifth European list. 

Mings, the Aston Villa and England centre-back, has worked helping the homeless during his career, having spent time in a shelter during his childhood. 

He has also set up an Academy with courses across the south-west and Midlands, running evening and after-school courses.  

Bellerin, the Arsenal full-back, was included for his work on social and environmental causes. The Spaniard has been outspoken on the responsibility of footballers to create awareness of global issues. 

Hector Bellerin of Arsenal  Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Forbes describe those on their list as “young visionary leaders brashly reinventing business and society”. 

“At a time of great global uncertainty, it is hard to see beyond the doom and gloom,” they said. “Fortunately, our fifth annual Under 30 Europe list delivers a much needed dose of optimism.”

Mings’ journey included being released from Southampton for being too small. He earned a football scholarship at Millfield School then played non-league football at Chippenham and Yate Town, where he worked part-time as a mortgage advisor. 

The 27-year-old helped Villa win promotion to the Premier League last season and earned his first England call-up under Gareth Southgate. 

Bellerin, 24, has been at Arsenal for nine years after joining from Barcelona’s youth set-up, before breaking into the senior football under Arsene Wenger.