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The Coast 50: They Influence and Inspire

Sports: Mike Trout Age: 24 Lives in: Newport Beach/Millville, N.J After another stellar season at the plate and in the field, Trout in 2015 set a trajectory for his career that is on par with the greatest players of all time. At 24, an age when many major leaguers debut, the Angels center fielder is entering his fifth year as a full-time player. Most big leaguers peak between ages 26 and 30. Whether making a great play in the field or hitting a tough pitch for a home run, Trout says he's just obeying his instincts. “I try not to think about that too much,” he said of pressure. “If you do, you'll get in trouble.”

Let’s just get this out of the way, in case you’re wondering how we did it: It wasn’t easy, picking the 50 with clout. Across every field of endeavor, so many of the people who choose to live here are the kind of people who make things happen. Philanthropic. Artistic. Athletic. Entrepreneurial. Political. Environmental. Bold. Just plain brilliant.

So how to choose? We looked for those whose influence spiked in the past year – those who came out on top, who set trends, who became the tastemakers, whose philanthropy manifested in something big, whose acts inspired, whose ventures molded our communities – and some whose ideas, it can be said without hyberbole, are determining the future of our world.

Let us introduce you to those who are bending history even as we write this. Click through the phots and say hello to the Coast 50.


Contributors: Dan Albano, Antonie Boessenkool, Jenna Chandler, Jeff Collins, Sarah de Crescenzo, Meghann M. Cuniff, David Ferrell, Deepa Bharath, Christopher Haire, Todd Harmonson, Paul Hodgins, Jenna Jones, Ryan Kartje, Robert Keisser, Roxana Kopetman, Peter Larsen, Lily Leung, Nancy Luna, Hannah Madans, Art Marroquin, Jackie Moe, Jeff Miller, Pedro Moura, Aaron Orlowski, Courtney Perkes, Joseph Pimentel, Erika I. Ritchie,
Tony Saavedra, Heather Skyler, Brooke Staggs, Fred Swegles, Jodie Tillman, Theresa Walker, Brian Whitehead, Lauren Williams, David Whiting, Martin Wisckol, Dan Woike, Kaitlin Wright, Christopher Yee

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