New innovations, discoveries, and thought progressions are breaking through society as we know it more rapidly than ever. Politics, philosophy, philanthropy, invention, and technology are developing and changing the world. While some people change the world in small ways, the people listed below are doing it in massive ones.
1. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is a progressive entrepreneur with ambitious goals for humanity. He is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, SolarCity, and Tesla Motors. SpaceX is a company that manufactures and launches rockets, making space exploration cheaper than ever, sustainable, and exciting. SolarCity is the leader in solar energy for houses and buildings. Tesla Motors is an electric car company. With his three hugely successful businesses, Musk has also revolutionized the factory – he has a “no a**holes” policy and puts engineers and technicians side by side so they can work more closely together and give each other feedback. Ironically, Musk is working incredibly hard to both make our planet better to live on and enable us to leave it. And, he has no plans of stopping. Musk’s over $20 billion net-worth is an obvious sign of success, but it’s not about the money. He is passionate about his causes and deeply believes in their need. More than just a businessman, he is a citizen of the world and believes that supporting sustainability on Earth as well as multi-planetary expansion is necessary for humanity’s future.
2. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan in 1997. When she was ten years old, the Taliban took control of her town and revoked many women’s rights; including the right to go to school. BBC approached her father who was a school teacher asking if a female student would be interested in writing a blog. Malala was that student. She wrote “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl” under a pen name. She became a famous advocate for girls’ education. On October 9th 2012, she was shot in the head while on her school bus. Miraculously, she recovered. Malala was not deterred. She continued her advocacy and co-won the 2014 Nobel Peace prize. She was the youngest winner.
3. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon. Amazon was founded in 1994 and quickly became the world’s largest internet sales company. The one-click shopping method (where you don’t have to continuously input your credit card information) was a game-changer to shopping and online buying. Amazon is also a leader in retail robotics; over 30,000 robots power Amazon. In addition, Amazon is pioneering drone delivery. In 2013, Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. The Post is a trusted and credible paper, most famously known for the investigative journalism that broke and exposed Watergate. Since Bezos bought it, readership has greatly expanded. The Post now has one of the most impressive digital presences, which makes it incredibly widespread and accessible. Donald Trump revoked The Post’s press credentials and called it a “phony” paper, yet even in this “fake news” era, The Post still thrives.
4. Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates is the most powerful woman in philanthropy. She is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was the first woman to give away $40 billion. She is a passionate philanthropist and advocate for various causes, such as; global health with initiatives for Alzheimer’s and polio research, the Global Poverty Project, Save the Children, Malala Fund, and more. Gates graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and economics. She went on to work at Microsoft. Her education and employment background are likely contributing factors in her recent philanthropic endeavor regarding women working in technology. Gates’ charity work has a global reach and impact.
Written by Megan Cary
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