The last time you saw Bill Clinton was probably at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte as Barack Obama’s campaign surrogate. But Clinton has another job: global philanthropist in chief. He has spent the past seven years tackling world woes from HIV/AIDS to climate change through his Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton hosted the eighth annual philanthropic summit at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The three day summit, which ended Tuesday, featured appearances from U.S. President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, President of Egypt, President of Libya and over 50 former heads of state.
It all started with reality television. Competing on the second season of The Amazing Race, Texan entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie “found himself in Argentina in an destitute village.” Impoverished children surrounded him, begging and barefoot. In a few weeks the show would be over, but the jarring images of those children stayed with Mycoskie. He kept asking himself that perpetual and universal question: How can I effect change? How can I give back?