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Lonely Planet founder wants to change the world -- through business
by Lee Mannion
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14 June 2018
On 14 June 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
The man who brought backpacking to the masses is now banking on business to make the world a better place. Together with his wife Maureen, Tony Wheeler -- founder of the iconic Lonely Planet travel guide -- has set aside 10 million pounds ($13.40 million) to educate a new generation of leaders to lend their business skills to development issues.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of business and education, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
'If you're pushing entrepreneurship, it's the developing world where we would particularly like to see it happening,' he said of his financial support for the Wheeler Institute of Business and Development at the London Business School. ...
The Wheeler Institute wants students to use their nascent boardroom skills in poorer countries, with an eye on creating jobs and growing businesses with a positive social impact. ...
Aside from backing business with a conscience, Wheeler said he wants to give back to his alma mater where he studied for free, in contrast to the steep debt run up by today's students. ...
Wheeler said he plans to fund the institute for three years and assess its impact before committing further.
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