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John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE Inc.

A philanthropic entrepreneur, thought leader and businessman, John Hope Bryant is a leading authority on poverty eradication. As Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of financial dignity non-profit Operation HOPE, he has advised the last three sitting US presidents and has been recognized by the last five. Bryant Chairs the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for US President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He is also a founding class member of the Young Global Leaders and the Clinton Global Initiative. A sought after public speaker and prolific writer, Bryant is a Huffington Post regular contributor. With the publishing of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-based World, he became a top 25-bestselling-business author and the only African-American bestselling author in America. In business, Bryant is Chief Executive Officer of Bryant Group Companies and serves on the corporate board for Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, a NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of US$ 54 billion private equity firm Ares Capital Management.