The Top 40 under 40 list is always one of our favorite features of the year, and it seems to be popular with readers as well. The most obvious reason is that most people enjoy learning about inspirational, uplifting people in the Richmond area and the selfless ways they make our city a better place.
However, this particular Top 40 under 40 class almost didn’t make it.
Originally, we called for nominations near the start of summer 2021. We had picked most of the winners and were getting ready to produce the issue when Style Weekly was shut down in early September of last year. All of a sudden there was not only no Top 40 under 40 list, there was no paper. I went from running an alt. weekly publication every day to fielding calls from people who wanted to buy Style and others who just wanted to take over things like the Top 40 under 40 issue. It was a clear reminder of how appreciated the feature had become.
Now Style is back online, under new ownership, and we’re finally getting to run what would’ve been the Top 40 under 40 Class of 2021 … now forever to be known as the Top 40 under 40 Class of 2022. (To anybody who aged out of the competition in the intervening months and didn’t make it, we sincerely apologize.)
But the kind of folks included here don’t do what they do for awards or praise. They do it because they care about other people and they believe in their work. So here’s to another great class of winners. Cheers and thanks for everything you do!–B.B.