40 Under 40: How they'd fix the economy

This year's brightest young minds weigh in on how they'd turn our ailing country around.

Kevin Plank
Kevin Plank
Founder and CEO, Under Armour

40 Under 40 rank: 12

When you look at our country, we can sit back and try to finance the next Google or Facebook, but those are the long shots. We don't need one or two incredibly rich guys, we need hundreds of smart business owners. We need to empower that type of thinking and entrepreneurship as a whole. That's the fabric this country was founded on, and it's what is most under attack right now.

We need the brightest minds thinking about how to start new businesses. Don't empower just a few, and dump all the money into Silicon Valley. It should be all about starting new things, growth, and confidence instead of waiting on the next Harvard dropout.

By JP Mangalindan - Last updated October 24 2011: 2:44 PM ET
Join the Conversation
The list

They're the hottest young stars in business across the globe. They're innovators, disrupters, and job creators; in fact, it's a pretty safe bet you're going to be working for them someday -- if you aren't already!

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.