Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States of America.
And for good reason.
Her mother was a public school teacher and many conversations with her mother through out the years led to her interest and many questions on the quality and inequality of the education available to children in all parts of the U. S. Once she had children of her own this gave her another perspective on the education system of our country. she began to get involved with local community leaders to address the issue of how to give the best educational experience possible to every child.
With over 30 years of being a strong advocate for the creation of new educational choices for students in all 50 states; as Secretary of Education she hopes and works for returning more control of the public school system to the states and local municipalities.
As someone who had the money to send her children to any school she wanted, due to her background Betsy DeVos was very concerned with the fact that most parents did not have the resources to give their children the best education they could. A visit to a Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids showed her a learning atmosphere based on curiosity and love. As a result of this visit, and subsequent visits, she has supported and continues to support the Potter’s House Christian School system at a high level. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
In 1989 she and her husband created the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This foundation was to provide funds for a variety of other non-profits that they believed not only in what they were doing, but how effectively they were using any funds given to them. With her nomination to the appointment of Secretary of Education, her background and finances were furiously examined and it was revealed that in 2015 the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation made charitable contributions of 11.6 million. Subsequent background checking also showed that she and her husband’s had made a total of donations to non-profits of 139 million.
In the 1990’s she served on the board of two national non-profits; Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. She currently serves on several national and local boards including Kids Hope USA and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is also the chairperson for the American Federation for Children.
Read more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos
George Soros is a rich billionaire who is proud of the fact that his wealth does not come from family but is self-made. He is a person who is well-known for his investment skills along with philanthropic work.
George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930. He was able to survive Nazi occupation there as his father spent a lot of money and got false papers made for him and the others in his family. He even survived the Communist rule in Hungary during the mid-1940s. After this he immigrated to London.
George Soros went to the London School of Economics to earn a degree in economics. It was in 1956 that George Soros moved to New York City. He was planning to make some money on Wall Street and then come back to London. This is because he did not wish to live in America on a permanent basis. But once he entered the world of finance on Wall Street he could not come back. It was in 1979 that he started his philanthropy. His lifetime donations have reached over $7 billion by 2012. Most of his donations happen through the Open Society Foundations.
George Soros got interested in The Open Society and Its Enemies, a book by Karl Popper. This was while he was studying at the London School of Economics. He was impressed by the philosophy of Karl Popper as well as his critique of totalitarianism. George Soros never studied directly under Popper, but was impressed by his work a lot. After reading his book, George Soros came to understand that there is no ideology which is the owner of truth. This is why only those societies will be able to flourish that can operate in a free as well as open manner. This means that there has to be total and complete respect for individual rights. These were thoughts that influenced George Soros deeply. They formed the basis of all his actions later on in life.
Read this story at Politico about George Soros.
George Soros sailed to New York in 1956. He joined F.M. Mayer, a brokerage firm, on Wall Street. After that he worked for a few more firms too. In 1973 George Soros set up his own hedge fund. This was named the Soros Fund. Later on it was renamed and called the Quantum Fund. Then its name got changed to Quantum Fund Endowment.
George Soros started this firm with $12 million which had been received from investors. The fund was a massive success. In fact, this led to George Soros becoming the 21st richest person in the world. At that time he was 85 years old and had an estimated net worth of $26 billion. In 1979 he started his philanthropic activities and established the Open Society Foundations in 1984.
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Tony G. Petrello is one of the most important trendsetters in the world. He is an ambitious man who has fought all the hardships to prove himself in the business market. Tony was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Nabors Industries in October 1991. Anthony Petrello previously had a successful streak of more than twelve years at the law firm Baker and McKenzie. His managing credential was spotted while working there and was promoted to be the managing partner of their New York offices back in 1986.
Tony is a varied individual and has served in various companies and different capacities on Salary.com. His sense of responsibility towards the welfare of the society led him to be the director of Texas children’s hospital. He was promoted to being the leader of MediaOnDemand.com.
Mr Petrello is a bright individual and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He had earlier attended Yale University where he successfully graduated with Bachelor of Science and Masters in Mathematics. Reference: http://www.nri.texaschildrens.org/give_gift/leaders_giving/cynthia_tony_petrello.aspx
From his extensive experience and skills, Tony helps business by providing operating tasks, strategic planning enterprise on Bloomberg and direction hence enabling the Company to alter and grow in a dynamic competitive environment.
Anthony Petrello grew up in a humble and loving family. It was at this tender age that he learnt on how to respect everyone in the society. Those who grew up around him say that he took pride from helping others and ensured that everyone was smiling whenever he left a place.
Anthony Petrello was elected in 2013 as the top best-paid bosses. In 2014, he was one of the favorites to defend his title but settled for top three. When he took over as the boss, Nabors share price increased by more than one hundred and eighty percent, this is good news for the company but compared to the paychecks and bonuses he took, it led to an uprising from the shareholders thus had to reduce his paycheck.
As the chairman of the Board, Leader and Chief Executive Officer at Nabors Industries, Anthony Petrello has led to an incredible twenty-seven million dollars in returns. Of that total, one and half million dollars was received as a salary, seven million dollars was received as a bonus, sixteen million dollars was awarded as stock and one million dollars came from other types of compensation.