Five Michigan Students, Alums Honored With Spots on Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List


In the last few years, Michigan students and alums have had a strong showing on Forbes annual “30 Under 30” list of power players. This year is no different, with five Wolverines — including three Michigan Rossers — joining the ranks of the world’s movers and shakers. Thirteen wolverines have made the list since 2015.

Take a look at this year’s additions:

Jack Kramer, MBA ‘19, is the co-founder of MarketSnacks, a financial e-newsletter with more than 100,000 subscribers and an impressive 40 percent open rate. When Kramer and Nick Martell started working as banking analysts in New York, they realized financial news was too “complicated, jargon-y, and boring,” so they created an anonymous blog that turned into a newsletter.

As the subscriber rate keeps growing, so does MarketSnacks — it’s recently started featuring video. “Too often, people view news as an obligation,” Kramer says. “We want you to look forward to opening MarketSnacks email, so we keep it concise, digestible, and fun. Our readers appreciate that.”

Kramer was drawn to Michigan Ross for connections to the automotive and mobility industries, not to mention the U-M football experience (he’s a former D-III player). “I know all about finance, but business has so many facets. I've been blown away by the curriculum at this place,” he says. “And the students here are the most well-rounded, funny, talented people I've ever met. I had no idea how much I had to learn until I arrived here.” Kramer is photographed above with Stephen M. Ross.

Daniel Sillman, BBA ‘10, is the CEO of Relevent Sports, a New York City-based company that is dedicated to building a soccer presence in the U.S. and abroad. According to Forbes, this year he was responsible for bringing El Clasico to Miami.

Jacob Smilovitz, BBA '11, leads M&A and investments at The New York Times. He also earned a B.A. in political science.

Patrick Collins, who earned a BA in sports management in 2011 and played U-M varsity football, is an NFL agent at Creative Artists Agency in Nashville.

Ben Davis, who graduated from U-M in 2011, is a digital agent who recently helped a client sell a company to CNN for $25 million. He also set up Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Digital Studios.


Congratulations to these amazing Wolverines! Go Blue!