Want to know more about the Gen.T List 2020? Here are a few key stats about this year's list.

This year marks the fifth annual Gen.T List, which recognises 400 young leaders who are shaping Asia's future. The list will be released online on Oct 15. Until then, the identity of the honourees on the list is a closely guarded secret but we can reveal some details about the make-up of the list as a whole.

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Here are some stats on the Gen.T List 2020, and how we put the list together:


The average age of this year’s honourees. Only people under 40 are eligible for inclusion.

71 per cent

Two hundred and eighty-four of this year’s honourees, or 71 per cent, own their companies; 170 are founders and 109 are co-founders.

70 million

The combined number of Instagram and Weibo followers the 2020 honourees have between them.

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40 per cent

One hundred and fifty-nine of the 400 honourees are women, or 40 per cent. Mainland China is the region with the highest proportion of women, at 45 per cent.

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The number of unicorns—a company valued at more than US$1 billion—run by people on the list.

US$1.6 billion

The amount of funding companies founded by this year’s honourees attracted between Jan 2019 and June 2020—the window of time we assess when looking at a candidate’s credentials.


The number of honourees in this year’s most popular category, Technology. The next most popular are Finance & Venture Capital (33), The Arts (32) and Sustainability (30).

10 months

The length of time taken to compile the list. During this period, we conducted extensive market research, spent more than 60 hours on the phone consulting with our panel of industry insiders, and more than 100 hours in vetting meetings across the region.


The size of the long list from which the final list of honourees is narrowed down.


The number of experts on the Tribe, our panel of industry heavyweights who nominate and help vet candidates for the Gen.T List.

18 months

The key criteria for the Gen.T List is achievement in the past 18 months.

6 per cent

Twenty-four honourees, or six per cent, work for a family-owned company.

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The number of honourees who have also been previously included on the Gen.T List, meaning 395 of the names on this year's list are new to our community. 


This year's list of 400 disruptors under 40 brings the total number of Gen.T honourees in our community up to 2,000. 


The Gen.T List includes people from eight countries and territories across Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand.


Of the 400 people on the Gen.T List 2020, the largest number, 102, come from Mainland China, with 55 each from Indonesia and Singapore.

38 per cent

One hundred and thirteen honourees, or 38 per cent, are married. Whereas 75 honourees, or 19 per cent, have children.

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