Thor Halvorssen may know many celebrities and rub elbows with titans of business and political leaders, but it is his life’s work to fight for the average person around the globe. Through his organization, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), he spends his days shining a light on tyrants and dictators around the world.
Founded in 2005, HRF has made it their goal to protect human rights in countries that are under authoritarian control. They have a special focus on closed societies, like North Korea. For years Halvorssen has made the Hermit Kingdom one of his major focuses. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
Thor Halvorssen is also not shy about calling out celebrities who perform for dictators. When Mariah Carey or Jennifer Lopez decide to get seven figure paydays by throwing private concerts for human rights violators he is there, shining a light on their greed and indifference to human suffering.
The New York Times has called Halvorssen “politically incorrect” for good reason. He does not let his political leanings affect his decision-making. While he describes himself as a “classic liberal” that has not stopped him from going after left-wing tyrants like former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. While Hollywood types like Sean Pann were posing for photo ops with Chavez, it was Halvorssen and HRF who were sounding the alarm over the dictatorial grip Chavez had on the country.
Halvorssen was born in Venezuela and his revolutionary roots run deep. His father was imprisoned after he exposed government corruption while working as Venezuela’s drug czar. His mother was shot while attending an anti-Chavez rally.
According to Crunchbase, the mission for HRF and Thor Halvorssen is never ending. It will be a fight that he continues his entire life. But it is because of his efforts that many people around the globe will have a better life.
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