Francine LeFrak + December Forbes Issue
Posted on 20 November 2013
What does Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, the world’s biggest rock star Bono, President of Liberia Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and our very own SAME SKY Founder Francine LeFrak all have in common?
To start, the cover of December’s Forbes Issue! The special philanthropy issue focuses on entrepreneurs who are making a difference through philanthropy. Our Founder, Francine was featured in the article Women Can Exit Poverty Through Business, where managing editor, Bruce Upbin, highlights Same Sky's mission to empower through employment and Francine's drive to add women's issues to major philanthropic endeavors.
In the interview Francine said, “I didn’t realize when I started it would totally consume my life. And as much as I give to them, they give triple to me.” The jewelry is expensive but LeFrak argues the premium is part of the idea. “Haven’t we had enough of cheap labor? ...You have a different relationship when you open your drawer and there’s something that’s been made by a woman in Rwanda, and you know by wearing it, you’re changing her life and communicating with a woman a world away.”
In addition to the article on Same Sky and Francine, Forbes details the work of 12 other social entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates, Paul Tudor Jones, Bono, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Muhammad Yunus, Patrice and Precious Motsepe, Jeff Skoll, Ray Chambers, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, and Dikembe Mutombo.
Thanks to all these entrepreneurs changing the way the world does business and a big thanks to Forbes for shedding light on the power of entrepreneurship.