New Delhi: Gulshan Kumar was the founder of the T-Series music label, and a Bollywood movie producer. T-Series is now run by his younger brother Krishan Kumar and son Bhushan Kumar. His daughter Tulsi Kumar is a playback singer. Gulshan Kumar born Gulshan Kumar Dua, 5 May 1951 – 12 August 1997 was the founder of the T-Series music label Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.and a Bollywood movie producer. T-Series is now run by his younger brother Krishan Kumar and son Bhushan Kumar. His daughter Tulsi Kumar is a playback singer.
New York, United States: David Foster Wallace was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist, as well as a professor of English and creative writing.
David Foster Wallace February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008 was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.
Wallace’s last, unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A biography of Wallace was published in September 2012, and an extensive critical literature on his work has developed in the past decade.
Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin has called Wallace one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years.
Cardiff, United Kingdom: Kenneth Martin “Ken” Follett is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 150 million copies of his works.
Kenneth Martin Ken Follett born 5 June 1949 is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 150 million copies of his works. Many of his books have reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, including Edge of Eternity, Fall of Giants, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, Triple, Winter of the World, and World Without End.
Barranquilla, Colombia: Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian American actress, comedian, producer, television host, model and businesswoman.
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara born July 10, 1972 is a Colombian American actress, comedian, producer, television host, model and businesswoman.
Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi. Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers and two Tyler Perry films: Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in films The Smurfs New Year’s Eve happy Feet Two The Three Stooges Escape from Planet Earth Machete Kills Chef and Hot Pursuit. In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television.
Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
New York, United States: Nancie Atwell in an American educator who in 2015 became the first recipient of the Global Teacher .
Nancie Atwell in an American educator who in 2015 became the first recipient of the Global Teacher Prize a award presented by the Varkey Foundation toone innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community.
Lorain, Ohio, United States: Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
Toni Morrison born Chloe Ardelia Wofford February 18, 1931 is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye Sula Song of Solomon and Beloved .
Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved. Beloved was adapted into a film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was also honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Morrison was commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. On May 29, 2012, Morrison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud is a Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is a member of the Saudi royal family.
Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud born 7 March 1955 is a Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is a member of the Saudi royal family.
Waleed was listed as one of Time magazine’s Time 100, an annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world in 2008. Waleed is a nephew of the late Saudi King Abdullah, a grandson of Ibn Saud, the first Saudi king, and a grandson of Riad Al Solh, Lebanon’s first Prime Minister.
Al-Waleed is the founder, the chief executive officer and 95 percent-owner of the Kingdom Holding Company, a Forbes Global 2000 company with investments in companies within various sectors such as financial services, tourism and hospitality, mass media, entertainment, retail, agriculture, petrochemicals, aviation, technology, and real estate. The company has a market capitalization of over $18 billion in 2013. Waleed is also Citigroup’s largest individual shareholder, the second-largest voting shareholder in 21st Century Fox, and owns Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V and part of the Plaza Hotel. His business acumen and shrewd entrepreneurial prowess have earned him comparisons to American investor and business magnate Warren Buffett. Due to his prominence as a businessman, he was acknowledged by Time, who labeled the Prince as the “Arabian Warren Buffett”. In June 2015 Forbes listed Al-Waleed as the 34th-richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$28 billion.
In 2015 Al-Waleed announced that he would donate his entire fortune to charity at an unspecified date. Some of the reasons cited were fostering cultural understanding and empowering women.