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Nicolas Berggruen
Chairman, Berggruen Holdings Inc.

Known as the “homeless billionaire” because he sold his homes and lives out of hotels, Nicolas Berggruen came to the conclusion that wealth is about lasting impact, not material possessions.  He believes that whatever he owns is temporary, stating that it’s what we do and how we act that will last forever.  He intends to leave his fortune to charity, and his vast art collection to a museum.


Born in 1961, Mr. Berggruen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business.  In 1984 he founded Berggruen Holdings Inc., which is the direct investment vehicle of The Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust, and invested in stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity and venture capital funds.  Having made a fortune in financial markets, Mr. Berggruen turned his attention to projects which he hopes will alleviate social problems, such as developing rice farms in Cambodia, windmill farms in Turkey and building in poor inner cities around the world.


The Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust is a philanthropic entity which supports the arts and activities that help governments manage the challenges of the 21st century. The Trust supports the Museum Berggruen in Berlin as well as the Nicolas Berggruen Institute, a non-partisan political think tank comprised of global thinkers and entrepreneurs who volunteer their time to design and implement systems of governance.





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