According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen was born on March 9, 1976 in Venezuelan. On his mother’s side he was the descendant of Cristobal Mendoza, Venezuela’s first president. His grandfather on his father’s side is known as a helper of the Norweign King’s Council who helped create ties with companies such as Dunlap.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum lad with concurrent Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Political Science and History. During his freshman year at Pennsylvania, his father was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
For the seventy-four days he was in the prision he was beaten and starved, almost dying. This prompted Halvorssen to pursue a career as a human rights activist.
He went on to found the Oslo Freedom Forum which is considered a spectacular human rights festival. He is also the founder and President of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which focuses on human rights globally, more specifically closed societies. The company’s headquarters is located in New York City at the Empire State Building.
On the board of the company are members such as Valclav Havel who died in 2011, and political activist Garry Kasparov who was imprisoned for protesting against a punk band singer that sang an anti-Putin song.
As well as his work with the Freedom Forum and the HRF, Halvorssen is also a film producer. His films, like everything else, focuses on things that are inhuman and begs the question “What can we do to change this?” For example, after sneaking in a Buddhist patriarch in Vietnam’s church, he walked out to find the government there. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
After being their punching bag for a few hours he convinced them that he was a spiritual person seeking Buddhism. His cameraman managed to sneak out with the video card in his rear.
His group of twelve that work at HRF have the greats excited to see his work, from PayPal founder Peter Theil to the people just wanting to make a difference, they recognize the importance of everyone when it comes to making a change!
Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen