Gold House announced the A100 List of 2021 and puts the spotlight on the most influential Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (APIs). This year’s API Heritage Month honors both excellence in achievement and eminence in activism. Other prominent figures who made it to the list are those who thrived in Business, Journalism, Politics, and so on.
What is Gold House?
Gold House is a non-profit organization that’s founded by Asians who aim to unify Asians and Pacific Islanders. Their objective is to “enable more authentic multicultural representation and societal equity.” During the pandemic, more Anti-Asian hate crimes were committed, which further emphasizes the need to come together and fight against discrimination.
The Most Influential Asian of 2021
Number 1 on the list is Amrita Ahuja, Chief Financial Officer of Square, who has a distinction in the Business and Finance sector. She graduated with an A.B. from Duke University and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Prior to her current position, she has taken several roles at Blizzard Entertainment, Fox Networks Group, The Walt Disney Company, and Morgan Stanley.
Top 10 Honors
Notable personalities who made it to the Top 10 include reporters for Media and Journalism, Entertainment, Technology and Innovation, Activism, Sports and Health, and Lifestyle sector. Among those is the 2021 Academy Awards Best Director Chloé Zhao, Founder and CEO of Zoom Eric Yuan, and US Vice President Kamala Harris.
Filipinos on the A100 List
Filipino honorees include President and CEO of ABS-CBN, Carlo Katigbak; Fil-Am musician H.E.R.; Driver’s License singer Olivia Rodrigo, rapper Saweetie who was born to a Filipina-Chinese mother; Businessman Emmanuel “Manny” Maceda; and YouTube personality and Beauty Guru Patrick Starr. Even the whole K-Pop fandom was acknowledged for their Social and Political Activism.
Check out the full A100 list on the Gold House website to know more about these influential Asian figures.