Mike Tyson is Giving a TED-Style Talk in Philly and I’m Not Missing It

The Forbes Under 30 lineup is announced.



Last year it was Monica Lewinsky. This year it’s Mike Tyson.

The former heavyweight champion and your favorite character from The Hangover, will be headlining the second year of the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia.

Tyson will discuss his life in a Ted-style presentation. There’s certainly plenty to discuss (being arguably the most famous athlete in America; prison; drug addiction; his new-found career as an entertainer.)

Here’s how Forbes describes it:

What’s it like to be the richest, most famous athlete in the world by the time you’re 30? And then lose it all? Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson again controls his own life, but his roller coaster story is one of the most intriguing – and instructive – of the past half-century.

I find myself interested in everything Tyson does. His recent one-man show was hilarious and super compelling. Every TV interview he gives is gold. Watching highlights of his knockouts provides endless fun. Even his new cartoon show is kinda funny.

Another speaker is Michelle Phan, a You Tube makeup star and entrepreneur. At just 28 years old, she owns a startup that does $84 million in annual sales. Here’s Forbes on what she’ll discuss:

YouTube legend (almost 7.5 million subscribers) turned make-up tycoon. Between ipsy, a subscription cosmetics company that should do $120 million in revenue this year, her own L’Oreal line and a deal for a lifestyle channel with reality TV giant Endemol, the 28-year-old has used her unconventional path to fame to create an entrepreneurial juggernaut.

Other speakers include:

Barbara Bush: CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps and daughter of President George W. Bush.

Austin McChord: Founder of Datto, a cloud-based data solutions company.

Danielle Snyder: Founder of Dannijo, a jewelry maker.

The summit is expected to bring 2,000 people to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues for keynotes, mentorship and networking events. Last year, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai served as a headliner, along with Lewinsky, who gave her first public address ever.