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Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Andre Hudson 34
Design Manager
Hyundai Design North America Irvine, CA

It was passion that steered Hudson to design cars. After receiving his first auto magazine in junior high school, his career path became clear. “Chrysler was doing some amazing concept cars, I remember how inspired I was by the Prowler and the Dodge Viper. These cars just got my heart racing,” says Hudson. He is now responsible for designing the sleek, sculpted 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata’s redesign has propelled the company to record growth at a time when much of the auto industry is recovering after a series of government bailouts and product recalls. In May, sales for the Sonata soared 93% year-over-year, leading the company to an all-time sales record for the month. Hudson, who has learned from the industry’s best business minds, including GM’s Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn, has also lent his design skills to the new Elantra, which saw sales jump 47% year-over-year.

—Renita Burns

Hassan & Hussein Iddrissu 32
Founders/Presidents
Roadstarr Motorsport Los Angeles

Facilities in Los Angeles and London earned the twins $13 million in 2009. The automotive customization company offers services that include personalized auto sales and leasing, interior enhancements, and custom mobile PCs for top companies and celebrities. With the opening of a new store in their hometown of Accra, Ghana, this fall, revenue projections are at $15 million for 2010.

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Curtis “50 Cent”Jackson 34
Entrepreneur New York

His philosophy—“Get Rich or Die Trying”—serves as motivation for the artist/actor/entrepreneur. Unprecedented moves such as his investment in Glacéau, makers of Vitamin Water, earned the multitiered business mogul a reported $100 million after the company was sold to Coca-Cola in 2007. Jackson has created and actively manages several brand extensions, including G-Unit Footwear Collection by RBK (Reebok), generating $70 million in sales; G-Unit Apparel by Ecko Unlimited, producing $100 million in retail sales; two video games with Vivendi Universal; a fragrance sold exclusively in Macy’s stores; a publishing and production company; and a host of other upcoming ventures. “Your goal in every maneuver in life must be ownership, working the corner for yourself,” 50 Cent wrote in The New York Times bestseller The 50th Law.

—LaToya Smith

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  1. moven says:

    im a young Zimbabwean involved in general metal fabrication and this section is growing very fast but with the poor financing in my nation blacks in business will always be small.what methods can i put in place to make it

  2. Yvette Duncan says:

    I would like to say congratulations to all the NEXT FORTY BUSINESS LEADERS !! it is extremely exciting to read of all their achievements. Special congratulations to my niece Leona Locke Dotson.

  3. Ongel Duncan says:

    Congratulations to all of these Intelligent, Innovative and BRILLANT Future Leaders. I am especially Proud of my Daughter Leona Locke Dotson. Continue to strive to be the best of the Future.

    • Alice Daves says:

      Leona, I am truly proud of you and the way you have “moved up” in your career.  
      To watch you grow from a baby to a beautiful, smart young woman is quite moving
      to me.  CONGRATULATIONS.

  4. Bethlyn says:

    Congratulations everyone! Chisa Brookes keep up the great work for now and our future!

  5. Way to go Chisa! They could use you at BP.

  6. A. P Smikle-Sterling says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. A big congrats to my son’s name sake -Jayson Smikle. Friends contacted me is this the same Jason Smikle. It’s interesting – names such as these are very different. Young man, keep going, the sky is the limit.

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