When Forbes Magazine named Vijay Eswaran the most successful and influential philanthropist of the year, it was based on his input in people’s lives. This award is mostly conferred to individuals who have impacted the society in a way that most individuals have admired and perhaps benefitted from it. As successful as he seems, there is more to dig up on his background and his successful journey to entrepreneurship.
Growing up, Vijay Eswaran spent most of his time with his father who was a generous breadwinner and a dedicated disciplinarian. He was, however, expected to work hard as well. That is how he managed to attend the good schools in the United Kingdom as well as the United States of America.
Eswaran learned about the binary system business when he was still in the United Kingdom. In fact, he wanted to be better at it. Therefore, he enrolled at CIMA and earned professional qualifications. He even went to the Southern Illinois University and earned an MBA. Well, after school, Eswaran would land jobs in different companies including IBM. It was after working for that specific company that he decided to try other ventures as well. The fact that IBM could poach him was motivational enough to make him developed some passion for other explorations.
After working for those companies and venturing into multilevel marketing in one of them, he found it necessary to move back to his native land, Malaysia and start a business there. That is how he established QI Group. This company is a major conglomerate of different businesses in one unit. These units are found in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand as well as the Philippines. Moreover, the companies offer a range of services including entrepreneurship, the enhancement of urban lifestyles, education reforms, and the global expansion of businesses alongside providing tactical investments.
Currently, Vijay Eswaran is dedicated to making sure that his career helps others by giving them hope. That is why he is now a motivational speaker and an author. With these two platforms, he has been able to empower many youths. He even owns a book in which he discusses his life and the effort it took for him to accomplish the much he has accomplished. In Two Minutes from the Abyss, he explains that it is critical for entrepreneurs to serve their clients before anything else. That way, they will always be assured of making more profits.
George Soros aged 84 years, is the manager of New York Hedge Fund, and the Founder of the Open Society Foundations. According to Forbes, he is worth $25.2 billion in assets and a personal fortune worth about $13 billion. This is where he derives his influence from that he uses to promote democratic ideals, despite not being a politician.Soros, a liberal has tried to reconfigure the politics in several countries, especially in the United States, as way back in 2004, when he funded $27 billion to campaigns against the George Bush reign. According to an article on Politico, he has made a comeback as seen in his recent engagement in the Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democrats, where he invested heavily on unlike previous campaigns.
One may wonder why such a prominent business mogul would spend his fortune on funding political campaigns. The reason is that Soros is passionate about reforming the democratic systems, especially breaking dictatorial regimes. In addition, he tends to differ with Trump regarding economic policies.This is of great concern to him as an international investor, and his ability to predict financial disaster as indicated in the article on Politico. Moreover, this is not the first time he is supporting Hillary Clinton as their friendship is more than 25 years, and the two tend to have similar concepts on foreign policies.Soros was born during the Nazi regime and was lucky to survive by migrating to England, where he educated himself at the London School of Economics. This explains why he has vast knowledge in the field of economics and his success in the Hedge Fund. His success has been a long journey having served as a waiter and porter before joining the finance sector. It’s from here that his dedication and resilience propelled him to higher managerial levels, such as vice president despite his humble beginning.
Soros has a great desire to change the world, which is the reason he indulges in funding social concerns. Indeed money makes the world go round, as with his wealth, thousands of lives have been transformed. Having been born during the Nazi rule and coming from a humble background makes him understand what it means to be poor. As a result, he believes he has a duty to the society by giving back. This is made possible through the Open Society Foundation and the Soros Foundation that donates more than $8 billion to social causes in education, humanitarian, and health sectors.In the 90’s, Soros supported Yugoslavians during wartime by donating millions for relief efforts. In addition, he has supported social causes against discrimination of Muslims in Europe and early 2016; he donated $5 million to UNICEF and $ 4 million to the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute.
The high-end salad chain, Sweetgreen, is a brand that is being created to stand for something says co-Founder and co-CEO Nathaniel Ru. “We want to feed more people better food.” Big-name investors such as Danny Meyer, Steve Case and Daniel Boulud back the high-end salad chain. Sweetgreen provides people with local, organic, fresh and healthy salads that have been a big hit with customers, causing endless lines at the dozens of locations already open. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaniel-ru-b04a7310
The co-CEOs want the Sweetgreen to have a strong emphasis on technology, demonstrated by 30% of all the company’s transactions are made through its website or mobile app. Their management approach is also novel, with their corporate office being shut down five times a year so that all of the corporate employees can go work at one of the restaurants and interact with their customer base. Sweetgreen also lacks a corporate headquarters as the co-CEOS are bicoastal, allowing them to strive for national growth. Learn more: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekeg45fe/nicolas-jammet-nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-co-founders-sweetgreen-262627/
Nathaniel Ru’s co-CEOs, Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet, went to Georgetown University, where the met in an entrepreneurship class. Nathaniel Ru himself is a graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Finance. The felt that Georgetown and the surrounding area needed healthy eating locations, and so they made that their focus when in August 2007, right after they graduated, they opened up their first restaurant. They knew they would make as a company when they survived the first winter lull created by Georgetown University’s winter break. The other big thing that the three share is they all have parents who are first-generation immigrants who started their own businesses.
Sweetgreen produce comes from local farms and is delivered every morning. Their salad dressings are made from scratch daily. Food preparation is done in open kitchens so you can see the ingredients and know what you are eating. They want to show their customers how they do it instead of telling them.
Nathaniel Ru and his co-founders launched a music festival in 2010 called sweetlife. Celebrating food, music and the community are the goals of the sweetlife festival. Headliners include Avicii, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar. Instead of a large festival this year, they will be hosting sweetlife experiences around the nation to capture the essence of sweetlife in an environment that is closer to the community.
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