Albert II of Monaco is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly. He has established an environmental Foundation with the following words:
"I decided to set up a Foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development... By definition, this is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity and water.
Allain Bougrain Dubourg is a French journalist and TV producer. He is President of the League for the Protection of Birds, and has contributed significant time and energy to educating the world on sustaining endagered animal species, especially birds and reptiles.
Amma is a Hindu spiritual leader. Her real name is Mata Amritanandamayi but she is known affectionately as Amma, or "Mother".
One of her senior disciples says, "Mother is an extraordinary saint, in the number of people she intentionally instills spirituality into - even to extent of hugging every single person who comes to her. Basically, every one is potentially what Mother is. Mother's presence is invoking that reality (of divinity) within that person."
Oscar-winning actress, professional model, daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, and listed on countless “most beautiful women” lists, Angelina Jolie trained and performed at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute following her mother Marcheline Bertrand, who had studied with Lee Strasberg directly. A mother to six children and a natural beauty both inside and out, she needs no introduction as humanitarian spokes person to the world.
Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She eventually turned to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide, for more information on international trouble spots.
Antonio Carlos Costa is a social activist, author, church planter, and theologian living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, famous for street wars between police, drug traffickers, and organized crime. Antonio, after planting several churches, founding a denomination and a seminary, decided someone must speak out.
Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988, after years living and studying abroad, only to find widespread slaughter of protesters rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win. She spoke out against him and initiated a nonviolent movement toward achieving democracy and human rights. In 1989, the government placed Suu Kyi under house arrest, and she spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody. In 1991, her ongoing efforts won her the Nobel Prize for Peace.
In response to ongoing abuses of women’s rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her supporters established the AHA Foundation in 2007 to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.
Bernie Krause is an American musician, author, soundscape recordist and bio-acoustician, who coined the term biophony and helped define the structure of soundscape ecology. He replaced Pete Seeger in The Weavers during the group’s final year, but it is his ground-breaking work with the synthesizer that most profoundly effected the music industry. Alongside his passion for electronic music, Krause has found inspiration in the sounds of nature. In 1968/1969, he and musical partner Paul Beaver were the first to incorporate natural soundscapes into pop/orchestral music on their album In A Wild Sanctuary. Since then, Krause has become a “sonic ecologist” recording over 15,000 species.
Bertrand Piccard was born in a family of firsts. His father, Jacques, together with Dan Walsh of the US, was the first man to reach the deepest point of the world's oceans, the Mariana Trench, in 1960. Almost 30 years earlier, his grandfather, Auguste, first ballooned into the stratosphere. While they went up and down, Bertrand went horizontal and in 1999, together with Brian Jones of Britain, completed the first-ever nonstop balloon circumnavigation of the globe, flying more than 45,000 km in 20 days.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF or the Gates Foundation) is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family". The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Award-winning lead singer and front man for U2, one of the most successful and highly regarded rock bands in history, Bono uses his immense popularity and influence to draw attention to the crises of poverty worldwide and HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gaining access to the world's most powerful politicians he has almost single handedly drawn public attention to debt burdens in the poorest of countries, helping to get wealthier nations to forgive billions of dollars of debt. He also works tirelessly to build greater worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic facing Africa.
The Argentine-born Daniel Barenboim is a pianist and conductor who has used music to build bridges between conflicting cultural groups.
In 2001 Barenboim broke a long-running taboo by conducting a piece by Wagner in Israel. He also assembled an orchestra consisting of young Arabs and Israelis. Recently, Barenboim was awarded honorary Palestinian citizenship after holding a concert in Ramallah.
Desmond Tutu is a well-known South African activist, whose efforts to solve the issue of apartheid, during 1980s, fetched him worldwide fame. Born in 1931, in Klerksdorp, Tutu chose teaching as his profession. After serving as a lecturer for few years, he pursued Theology. He was the first black person to become the Archbishop of Cape Town. He also became the first black Bishop of Johannesburg. Tutu is the second South African to receive Noble Peace Prize.
Argentinean by birth and European in spirit, Diana is the founder and CEO of PositiveLuxury.com; a guide to living positively. The site showcases best-in-class brands for their social and environmental efforts.
Doug Miller is Chairman and CEO of GlobeScan, the evidence and ideas company with offices in London, San Francisco, and Toronto – and licensed partners in 55 other cities. The company’s major global practices include conducting public opinion and stakeholder research, advising on issues and reputation management, engaging stakeholders and employees, and advancing sustainability and corporate citizenship. Clients include leadership organizations across the corporate, NGO and multilateral realms.
Mr. Miller has global professional standing in two fields. He is considered one of the pioneers of global polling and remains one of the most-reported polling commentators due in part to GlobeScan’s 6 years of conducting the regular 20-nation BBC World Service Poll on a wide range of topical issues (Google: “doug miller globescan”). He is also a respected advisor and practitioner in the field of stakeholder engagement and collaborative action, beginning as President of Synergistics Consulting Limited (1978-1987), and continuing through more recent work with political parties, global civil society, governments and companies.
Since founding GlobeScan (as Environics International) in 1987, Mr. Miller has led its expansive growth and continues his active involvement.
Dr. Arun Majumdar served as the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), the agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, from October 2009 to June 2012. In addition, he served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy.
In December 2012 Arun joined Google to drive Google.org’s energy initiatives and to advise the company on their broader energy strategy.
Dame Ellen MacArthur took the World Record for fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. Now The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works through education, business innovation and thought leadership to accelerate the transition to a regenerative, circular economy.
Fred Swaniker is an entrepreneur with deep experience in education and leadership on the African continent. He is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the Founder & CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world-class, pan-African secondary school that aims to develop future generations of African leaders. He has extensive experience launching and managing private educational institutions of excellence in Africa. Fred helped launch and was a director of Mount Pleasant English Medium School, one of the top-performing private elementary schools in Botswana.
Frédéric Lenoir is a French philosopher and writer, Doctor of the Graduate School of Social Sciences with a thesis on the meeting of Buddhism and the West. He is an associate researcher at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1991 and editor of World Religions in 2004.
Capra's books have gained popularity on the implications of science, notably The Tao of Physics, subtitled An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism. The Tao of Physics makes an assertion that physics and metaphysics are both inexorably leading to the same knowledge.
Dr Gene Sharp is the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government. He is the world's foremost expert on non-violent revolution. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, his books slipped across borders and hidden from secret policemen all over the world.
Soros is ranked 29th in Forbes’ World’s Billionaires, mainly because of the Soros Fund Management. His vast fortune is duly matched by his generosity. From 2007-2008 alone, he contributed $474.6 million to non-profit organizations, and gave over $106,000 in political contributions. George Soros also created the Soros Humanitarian Foundation to which he gave $230 million.
Ian Cheshire is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of sustainable business. As CEO of Kingfisher, the parent company of B&Q, he has been outspoken in his view that the organisation's whole business model needs to fundamentally shift. His vision of B&Q's customers renting power drills as opposed to buying them (on average drills are only used for six minutes a year) has captured imaginations, and is widely used as an example of a mainstream business adopting a more collaborative approach to the products and services it provides.
Star of the Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is famous for his acting roles and his good looks, but also for being green. Now he has a title to go along with the adjective: Somerhalder was recently named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the organization’s Environment Program.
An Oscar winning film director and celebrated champion of environmental education using cinematography.
James Lovelock is an independent scientist and futurologist. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which puts the biosphere as a self-regulating entity with the capacity to keep our planet healthy by controlling the chemical and physical environment. A lifelong inventor, Lovelock has created and developed many scientific instruments, some of which were designed for NASA in its program of planetary exploration. It was while working as a consultant for NASA that he developed the Gaia Hypothesis, for which he is most widely known. He also invented the microwave oven.
Jane Goodall hasn't exactly found the missing link, but she's come closer than just about anyone else on Earth. Her extensive research into the behavior of chimpanzees, which started in Africa in the 1960s and continues today, fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and other mammals.
Ms. Jasmine Whitbread has been the Chief Executive of Save the Children International since 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Whitbread served as the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children UK since 2005. She was appointed as the charity's first international Chief Executive last year, overseeing work in 120 countries and taking overall responsibility for revenues of more than US$1bn. From 1999 to 2005, she held positions with Oxfam as Regional Director in West Africa and as International Director, responsible for Oxfam's emergency and development programmes worldwide, including the unprecedented Asian Tsunami response.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.
Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice. In 1980, Baez was given honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees by Antioch University and Rutgers University for her political activism and the "universality of her music". In 1983, she appeared on the Grammy Awards, performing Dylan's anthemic "Blowin' in the Wind", a song she first performed twenty years earlier.
Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is also the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is known for his critical view of the management of globalization, free-market economists (whom he calls "free market fundamentalists") and some international institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Columbia faculty, and has been a University Professor since 2003.
Princess Katherine has a strong humanitarian drive. She has high expectations and a profound belief that mankind's problems can be solved through the use of man's creative intelligence and inventive mind.
Klaus Martin Schwab is a German economist, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. His wife and former secretary, Hilde, co-founded the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship with him.
Kumi Naidoo is a South African campaigner. He is a GCAP (Global Call to Action Against Poverty) and Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS: world alliance for citizen participation since 1998. He was appointed by the UN, Secretary General to the Eminent Persons Group on United Nations Civil Society Relations. He became the Executive Director of Greenpeace International in November 2009, Kumi Naidoo is recognized internationally as a forceful advocate for gender equity and against gender violence.
As a research project at Stanford University, Page and Brin created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful.
They called the search engine Google after the mathematical term "Googol," which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the Web.
Marcus J. Borg is an American New Testament scholar, theologian and author. He is a fellow of the Jesus Seminar and was formerly Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University.
Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and hundreds of millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Matt is Skoll Awardee and Ashoka Fellow and was selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. In 2011, Matt was chosen for the The Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.
Muna Abu Sulayaman is an influential Arab and Muslim Media personaity. She is also the former founding Secretary General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company and co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programs, Kalam Nawaem (“Speech of the Soft”)
Nicholas Thomas Wright is an Anglican bishop and a leading New Testament scholar. He is published as N. T. Wright when writing academic work, or Tom Wright when writing for a more popular readership. His books include What St Paul Really Said and Simply Christian. Wright was the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England from 2003 until his retirement in 2010.
For a Billionaire, Nicolas Berggruen is unusual. He doesn't own a house, a car nor even a watch. Possessions have 'zero appeal', he says. It's our actions that have real value. In 1988, he jointly founded hedge fund Alpha Investment Management and later created Berggruen Holdings, which bought slices of firms around the world.
One of these was German department store Karstadt, which he acquired for one euro and then saved 25,000 jobs there by investing £40million.
Noam Chomsky is a singular figure on the American political scene. Love him or hate him, he has successfully stuck around for half a century as one of American society’s most vocal, serious, and controversial political thinkers. He has steadily produced thorough critiques of American society and political policy for decades, and he is considered to be a major 20th century political writer and philosopher.
Since receiving her Oscar nomination for her debut film performance in “The Color Purple,” actress, television host and producer Winfrey went on to establish herself as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy. She has been especially dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and raising awareness of issues that affect women and children, both in the United States and around the globe. Her philanthropic efforts have included Oprah's Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which opened in 2007.
Paul Polman was appointed CEO of Unilever in January 2009. During his tenure, the global giant has adopted an environmental stance in its overall strategy.
Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson was also one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In fact, he was officially the eighth founding member. Robert Hunter was the first and his lifetime membership number was 000. His wife Roberta Hunter was second and her membership number was 001. Watson's official membership number was and continues to be 007.
Coelho is an outspoken activist for peace and social justice, and also supports the free distribution of his work. He and his wife Christina split their time between his home city, Rio de Janeiro, and France.
Peter Blom has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Triodos Bank since 1997. He is member of The Club of Rome, Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Member of the Board of The Dutch Banking Association, member of the Sustainable Food and Agricultural Council of the Netherlands and Deputy Chairman of the Multifunctional Agriculture Taskforce.
Peter Blom was awarded the Dutch Royal distinction of Knight of Oranje Nassau in 2008 for his contribution to social banking and sustainability.
Philippe Pozzo di Borgo spent his childhood in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Trinidad, Morocco, Algeria and Corsica. He now lives in Essaouira, Morocco. A descendent of both the Ducs Pozzo di Borgo and the Marquises de Vogue, he is the former director of Pommery Champagnes (LVMH). His bestselling memoir Le Second Souffle (Second Wind) served as the basis for the hit French film, Intouchables (Untouchables)
Pierre Rabhi is a French writer, farmer and environmentalist. Originally a Muslim, he converted to christianity for some years before rejecting all religions. He invented the concept of Oasis en tous lieux - Oasis in any place. He proposes a society that functions in a manner that respects populations and land and supports the development of agricultural techniques that take care of the environment preserving natural resources. His theories relate particularly though not exclusively to arid countries.
His Royal Highness, Prince Haakon of Norway, is heir to the Norwegian throne and son of His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. He served in the Royal Norwegian Navy and graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995. The following year, he served on board a patrol boat. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Reinhold Messner is arguably the most famous name in mountain climbing in history. He was born in South Tyrol in Italy in1944. Climbing since he was just five years old, this 61-year old had the gumption to climb the mighty Everest, solo and without oxygen in 1980. His other achievements include such death defying trips like crossing vast deserts, reaching the feared poles and also tracking the yeti, on which he did not have belief till he saw it with his own eyes.
Ricken Patel is the founder of Avaaz.
Avaaz.org is an organisation that backs pro-democracy protests and promotes activism on a range of issues from climate change and religious conflicts to human rights. The member-funded body campaigns primarily through emails and ads. Occasionally, they arm citizen journalists with their "standard kits, comprising a satellite modem, camera, iPhones, etc, to report crimes committed by states.
Romanus Berg serves as a member of Ashoka's Leadership Group in the role of CIO. He had previously served on Oceana's leadership team, which established and rapidly grew a small start-up into the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Romanus began his career developing the online communications practice that supported the successful $1.9B privatization of the U.S. Uranium Enrichment Corporation (USEC.) In addition to shifting the focus of uranium enrichment from military to civilian use in both the U.S. and Russia, it was the largest successful government initial public stock offering in U.S. history. Romanus currently serves on NetHope's board, which works to share social solutions across citizen, government and private sectors.
Sima Samar is a doctor for the poor, an educator of the marginalised and defender of the human rights of all in Afghanistan. She has established and nurtured the Shuhada Organization that, in 2012, operated more than one hundred schools and 15 clinics and hospitals dedicated to providing education and healthcare, particularly focusing on women and girls. She served in the Interim Administration of Afghanistan and established the first-ever Ministry of Women's Affairs. Since 2004, she has chaired the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission that holds human rights violators accountable, a commitment that has put her own life at great risk.
David Attenborough is one of the most widely respected TV broadcasters and has become known as the face and voice of natural history documentaries. His career in broadcasting has stretched over more than a half a century since 1952.
He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.
Attenborough is a younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough.
One of the most well-known and outspoken fashion designers in the world, Stella McCartney launched her career in 1995, when friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss modeled her clothes at her college graduation. She received the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year Award in 2000.
Stella McCartney is the daughter of ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney and the late American photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney. Like her mother, Stella is a staunch vegetarian, and her clothes reflect that. Absent is the use of any leather or fur in her collections. Her hardened stance has even provoked her to criticize others who do use animal products in their work as "heartless."
Stephan Harding is Resident Ecologist and MSC Coordinator at Schumacher College.
He was born in Venezuela in 1953. He went to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue) at home. Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.
From an early age, Stephen Hawking showed a passion for science and the sky. Aged 21, while studying cosmology at Cambridge, Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Despite his debilitating illness, he has done ground-breaking work in physics and cosmology and his several books strive to make science accessible to everyone.
Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Morris, was made blind as the result of a hospital error soon after his birth. He began playing the harmonica at five, started piano lessons at six and then took up the drums at eight. In addition to being an award winning musical innovator, Stevie Wonder is a humanitarian who has used his music to support a number of social causes. In support of making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, Wonder released "Happy Birthday" (1980), a song celebrating Dr. King. The song became a hit and a rallying cry for the King Holiday.
Svetlana Gannushkina, is a mathematician by training and for many years was professor of mathematics at a university in Moscow. She started her human rights work in the late 1980s during the break-up of the Soviet Union, arranging support for refugees during the conflict around Nagorny Karabakh, an autonomous region in Azerbaijan.
Robert Edward Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the cable news network CNN, the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. Turner now dedicates his time and resources to making the world a better, safer place for future generations. His current philanthropic interests include: the Turner Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the Captain Planet Foundation and the Turner Endangered Species Fund.
Terry Garcia is executive vice president for Mission Programs for the National Geographic Society. He is responsible for the Society's core mission programs, including programs that support and manage more than 400 scientific field research, conservation and exploration projects annually. In addition, he oversees the Society's Explorers-in-Residence and Emerging Explorers programs, geography and science education programs, geography competitions, development office, exhibitions, live events and the arts media program, which includes the All Roads film and photography program.
A graduate of Oxford University, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.
He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He was a Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and education in Web Science, the multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology.
Tim is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
He has promoted open government data globally and is a member of the UK's Transparency Board.
Tony Juniper is a British campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading environmentalist recognised among other activities for his work as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.
Trinh Xuan Thuan is a famous Vietnamese/American Astro-Physician at the crossroad between scientific and spiritual research.
Dr Unni Karunakara has been involved with MSF since 1995, when he was tasked with setting up a tuberculosis control programme in Ethiopia. He has worked on MSF projects in Nagorno-Karabakh, Brazil, the Democractic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh and in the Public Health Department of MSF in Amsterdam, advising country programmes in the Middle East, southern Africa and South and Central America.
Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. She serves as an ecology advisor to several organizations including the Third World Network and the Asia Pacific People's Environment Network. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". A contributing editor to People-Centered Development Forum, she has also written several works include, "Staying Alive," "The Violence of the Green Revolution," "Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge," "Monoculutures of the Mind" and "Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit," as well as over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals.
The 75 year old billionaire is well known for his sound investing and practical advice. However, in humanitarian circles he might be better known for pledging most of his earnings to charity. The bulk of the fortune is planned to be given to the Gates Foundation and other related organizations which focus on world health. Other charities on the giving list include foundations headed by Buffett’s three children, Susan, Howard, and Peter, and to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.
The photographs of Yann Arthus-Bertrand are among the most famous in the world — as a naturalist photographer, he produces sensitive surveys of the world and those who live in it. He is a leading environmental activist who has convinced millions with his photos and films that it is time to act now!
Zhang Xin has been responsible for conceptualizing all SOHO China development projects, striking a successful balance between architectural aesthetics and commercial viability. She and her husband have been instrumental in introducing the SOHO (Small Office-Home Office) to China by building efficient, multi-functional spaces that cater to China’s new entrepreneurialism. In addition to the many iconic projects she has developed in Beijing’s city center, Zhang Xin has also overseen the development of two award-winning boutique resorts, including the Commune by the Great Wall, for which she received an honor as patron of architectural works at the 8th la Biennale di Venezia.