I have long felt that a persons true character and ethics can be seen in the things they do and not by what they say. Sometimes you must look very close to really see a persons actions, but in a capitalistic country like the United States you only have to see where a person spends their money. Dick DeVos’s true morals and ethics can be seen clearly in the sum of $139 million in charitable donations.
Many high profile wealthy families will provide donations to various organizations for basic publicity, but Devos has only recently become center stage in the public’s eye and has been contributing to the betterment of society for years. He and his wife also do not give money in an umbrella fashion but commit to the organizations that they personally feel will provide the greatest positive impact to American society.
Through the DeVos’s philanthropy, I can tell how important education is to the couple. In 2015 they had 26% of their funds go to educational causes, over $3 million, and another $357,000 to support education reform. Dick DeVos feels that the public school system has become an industry that views education in a flush one dimensional manner, rather than a three dimensional learning environment where all children can reach their own potential. He feels the system has failed the schools, both educators and children alike.
As I look at the combined segments of their monetary grants, a more vivid picture is painted of the personal character of Dick DeVos. A large financial amount, only second to education, is to Arts and Culture. The concern that he has for artistic expression and cultural knowledge being preserved and managed shows clearly with his $2.4 million donation. I also see leadership and development, health and human services, and community organizations all being represented in DeVos’s charitable spending.
Dick DeVos was brought up to be a business leader. He worked hard as Vice President of his fathers co-founded company Amway, being responsible for the operations in 18 countries other than North America. From 1993 to 2002, DeVos ran the company as President and helped triple international sales and, for the first time in the corporations history, exceeded their domestic sales. For three years he was the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise. He now serves as the President of the Windquest Group, a private equity investment firm.
Tempus is a data analytics company that was founded by Eric Lefkofsky. The company has software and computers that can store, process and sift through large amounts of data to find patterns. Recently, Tempus has begun a partnership with the University of Chicago to help better treat cases of breast cancer.Tempus’ capabilities include being able to do genomic sequencing for patients who are receiving treatment at the University of Chicago for breast cancer. In addition the company utilizes machine learning technology to build upon previous data from both past and existing patients. Genomic sequencing when combined with machine learning give cancer researchers and physicians a vast swathe of data that can better predict how a person will respond to a certain treatment option for cancer and how likely that treatment will be successful.
Doctors at the University of Chicago say that there is a large amount of information out there on cancer patients. They also say that there is lack of storage, analysis and sharing of data when it comes to past cancer patients. Tempus is changing this by storing data and allowing it to be shared and analyzed. The hope is that Tempus can help customize medicine and create an effective individually customized cancer solution for every patient that will be most effective for them.
Eric Lefkofsky is also the founder of Groupon. This is a popular online marketing company. Its business model involves working with businesses to offer customers large discounts or sales on products and services. In exchange for offering these large discounts or sales, the business or corporation is given access to a large customer base that is willing to try out the new product or service at the discounted value. Businesses get access to a large customer base, while customers get discounts and special offers through Groupon.Mr. Lefkofsky also has an investment venture that is called Lightbank. This venture invests money in startups that have the potential to impact society or develop into big companies. Both Lightbank, Tempus and Groupon are based in the windy city of Chicago at 600 West Chicago Avenue along the banks of the Chicago River.
The Billionaire for Social Justice
Social justice isn’t something we often associate with billionaires, but George Soros is an exception to this. He has used his fortune to help millions around the world uplift themselves and drive the world towards open societies. With a fortune exceeding $25 billion he is certainly up to the task and he knows what he’s going to need to do in order to make things happen. There are few people who have done anything on that scale.
Giving the American Left Spending Money
George Soros is known as the most prominent donor to the American Left. In the 2000s he made himself a major supporter of Bill Clinton and he continued to show significant support for the Left even into the 2000s. However, he stopped short of putting his full weight down in order to support Barack Obama. In fact, he has expressed disappointment in Barack Obama and believes that he hasn’t lived up to his expectations. This pessimism changed when he saw the campaign of Hillary Clinton and everything she was able to offer. He gave her so much support she had the well-funded campaign in American history. Unfortunately, this was not enough to win the presidency.
What He Wants To See More Of
George understands the victory of Donald Trump is going to setback the goals of the Left. However, he is not prepared to simply take that without putting up a fight. He wants to do everything he can in order to help the Left protect the legacy it has created over the last few years. He began meetings with top Democrats in November and he continues his efforts now.
Where He Stands Now
Currently, he wants liberals to prepare for the dark days ahead. There simply isn’t too much for liberals to do in the short term. This means that conservatives, who already have control over Congress and most state governments, will be able to enact their agenda unopposed. George Soros wants the Left to prepare for what this might look like and to act accordingly. There is a current need to fight back against the current status quo and he wants to lead that. Read more about George at The New York Times.
About George Soros
George Soros is a hedge fund manager and philanthropist known for his impact on left wing politics and his consistent success in speculative markets around the world. He has been in the finance industry since the 70s and he has succeeded in markets around the world. His influence is so great that many investors only listen to George Soros when they want to find good advice on how to spend their money.
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It takes astute leadership to run a company and drive its value to high scales and rankings. But that is not enough, leadership requires relevant knowledge, experience and skills to make a company stand out, not only once but maintain its performance position. That is how the Nabors industries have performed under the directive and leadership of Anthony Petrello as the CEO.
To manage such multibillion oil and gas exploration industry, Anthony, also known as Tony must have had a long journey. Education took a center stage in the currently 61 year old Tony. He studied at Harvard Law School earning a J.D degree before proceeding to Yale University where he earned an MSC in Mathematics. This knowledge has been instrumental in discharging his duties as the CEO of Nabors industries which he heads since 2011.
Anthony Petrello has had a long history of employment. Prior to joining the Nabors industries, he worked as the managing partner at the Baker &McKenzie law firm from 197 to 1991 and he was stationed at New York offices. With determination, Tony has built a Network with affiliate organizations since he began working with the law firm till now as when he heads the Nabors industries. Among the organizations affiliated to him are Yale University, Texas Children’s Hospital and Nabors Blue Sky ltd.
From 2003 upon the resignation of Insenberg, Anthony Petrello served as the deputy chairman of the Nabors to 2012. Previously, he had served as the chief operating officer at the company since he left the law firm in 1991. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of the chairman of the board of directors at Nabors industries and later became the CEO from 2016. Under his leadership, the company recorded positive growth and zero safety incidents in their entire workforce in 2011. He managed to foster positive working relationship with the investors as well as economic growth.
Besides the leadership, Anthony is a philanthropist engaging in charity missions to help the less fortunate. He is the director of Texas Children’s hospital, a position he has held since 2011 where he has donated $7 million to Jan and Dan Duncan neurological research institute and the hospital.
To sum up, Anthony Petrello’s performance and effective management of the industries has been fostered by his expansive knowledge and experience working at the industry. Being a bright personality, he has offered Nabors industries an economic turnaround. With him, the industry is destined to perform even better.
Learn more about Anthony Petrello here.
Around 30 years ago Dick and Betsy DeVos began touring schools in the Michigan area seeking to explore them many educational options open to them for their own school age children; 30 years later and now retired from his role with AmWay I was pleased to read about the continued efforts of Dick DeVos in the area of education reform. Dick continues to fight for eductaion reforms to add to the programs in 17 states across the U.S. that allow school vouchers and choice to be used by all parents within their jurisdictions; an interview with Betsy DeVos in Philanthropy Roundtable gave me a better insight into the thoughts and ambitions of the DeVos family in terms of education reform across the U.S. In my own view, and in that of Betsy DeVos the major leaps forward made in education reform in the state of Florida will be the main legacy of Dick in the future as over 50,000 children now attend the school chosen by their parents for them based on an educational choice program. Dick has been a major supporter of Republican politicians and conservative cause, but I was pleased to hear both he and Betsy DeVos are willing to cross party lines, as they did in Florida, to make sure as much support is found as possible for the educational reforms they have backed for more than three decades.
I have always been impressed with the business choices made by Dick DeVos over the course of his career, including his first executive role with the AmWay Group that saw him increase international trade for the company from five percent to over 50 percent of business. Wikipedia provides information on the career of Dick DeVos, and gave me the chance to discover the important works Dick DeVos has completed since he began working with AmWay in the 1970s. Dick believes the community should have the best possible options in all aspects of life and took it upon himself to head up the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan that looked to fill the hole left by the decision of many airlines to leave the area. These roles have impressed me greatly as I have looked in more depth into the life and good works of this Grand Rapids, Michigan native.