Up & Comers

LOGAN GREEN
Logan Green is the co-founder and CEO of Lyft, an on-demand transportation company, which he founded with John Zimmer in 2012. Lyft grew out of Zimride, a ride share company previously founded by Green and Zimmer in 2007

Green grew up in Los Angeles where he “spent most of his life stuck in traffic.” Interested in solving transportation flaws, Green forced himself to travel around California without an automobile.While attending college in Santa Barbara, he used public transportation options like Greyhound and Amtrak to visit his girlfriend in Los Angeles. He also used Craigslist’s ride boards for carpooling, but always felt anxiety about not knowing the passenger or driver.

After realizing the limits of public transportation, Green started a car-sharing program and asked Zipcar to place cars at UCSB. Because the company only had 100 cars at the time and was based on the East Coast, it couldn’t provide any vehicles. Instead, Green acquired Toyota Priuses and other cars and began a car-sharing program that let users unlock cars with radio-frequency identification. The program had over 2,000 people on campus sharing four cars.

During college, Green also served on the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) board. During his time on the board, Green realized that large scale changes to public opinion were needed in order to improve public transportation.


RAMY EL-BATRAWI
Having amassed a net worth of over $50 million by the age of 23, Ramy El-Batrawi was moved to a greater vision when he saw an episode of the TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The subject of the episode was Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian businessman who, in the early 1980s, had a net worth of 10 billion USD and was considered one of the richest men in the world.

A student of Napoleon Hill’s legendary self-improvement book, Think and Grow Rich since the age of 12, Ramy knew that when he formed a burning desire to reach a goal, and maintained his faith in reaching that objective, nothing could stand in his way. As Napoleon Hill maintained: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Ramy worked with Adman Khashoggi, who was seemingly impossible to reach, Khashoggi brokered deals between the Saudi government and US defense contractors like Lockheed, Raytheon, Grumman, and Northrup. Nevertheless, exploiting the influence of Khasoggi’s inner circle, Ramy ended up becoming one of the Saudi billionaire’s closest associates and closed transactions all around the world.

Close business associations with other billionaires such as Carl Icahn and Donald Trump followed.

When Ramy ventured into media in the 1990s, an astonishing success in the history of publishing followed. Once he launched a media campaign for John Gray’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” sales skyrocketed, causing the book about male and female relationships to sell more than 50 million copies. The book spent 121 weeks on the bestseller lists.

Absent from the media spotlight for a time, Ramy is now poised to make a major new mark in the business world through his holding company X, LLC, with a series of upcoming IPOs for his new businesses: YayYo, Inc. a holding company for RideshareRental.com that is a leader in renting cars to Uber/Lyft drivers. His controlling stake in Advanced Tek Group, Inc and AGVG a money-raising machine he created to raise capital for his upcoming next 6 ventures.

Ramy El-Batrawi is making major deals as each week goes by, on his way to making the list in the next two years. We estimate his net worth to be $1 Billion.


REED HASTINGS
Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a number of non-profit organizations. A former member of the California State Board of Education, Hastings is an advocate for education reform through charter schools.


LIN-MANUAL MIRANDA
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, playwright, composer, rapper, and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys, an Emmy, a MacArthur Fellowship, and three Tony Awards, among others.

iranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in March 2008. Miranda’s written work for the show earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Miranda’s performance in the show’s lead role of Usnavi also earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and the show won Best Musical.

Miranda also wrote the book, music, and lyrics for Hamilton, his second major Broadway musical, which was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. The show earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards, of which it won 11—including Best Musical. For his performance in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the show, Miranda received the 2016 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award as well as his second Tony performance nomination. Miranda also won the Tony Award for Best Original Score and Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Hamilton.