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is a businessman who made his
fortune by seeing opportunity where others did not.
was a driving force behind the spectacular growth of Gordon Brothers Group
, a preeminent global financial services business conducting over ten billion dollars of transactions annually.
Bobby currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polaroid.
In 2000, Bobby
wife and children founded The Sager Family Traveling Foundation
and Road Show.
Three-dozen trips later, the Sagers have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy that fosters entrepreneurship, trains teachers, and develops leaders.
has also been a pioneer in catalyzing the Young Presidents' Organization
(YPO) as a platform to make a difference.
Team Sager - Bobby's Story
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A tough-minded businessman who made a fortune by seeing opportunity where others haven't, Bobby
was a driving force behind the spectacular growth of Gordon Brothers Group
Bobby joined Gordon Brothers in 1986 when it was a small Boston-based jewelry business.
Today, Gordon Brothers
is a preeminent global financial services business conducting over $10 billion of transactions annually, with 10 offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Bobby currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polaroid, which is one of Gordon Brothers' investments.
Bobby with Lady Gaga
Making a Difference as a Family In 2000, Bobby
wife and kids founded the Sager Family Traveling Foundation & Roadshow
Three dozen trips later, the Sagers have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy.
For an overview of initiatives, see teamsager.org.
Helping People to Help Themselves With Bobby, there's no handouts, no charity.
philanthropy uses business principles and business accountability, whether it's fostering entrepreneurship in Rwanda and Palestine, training teachers in Pakistan or a leadership program for Tibetan monks.
Business Leaders as Change Agents Bobby has been a pioneer in catalyzing Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) as a platform to make a difference.
is a global network of 20,000 business leaders in 120 countries whose companies' sales are equivalent to the world's third largest economy.
In 2001, Bobby was a founding chairman of the YPO Peace Action Network, which convenes business leaders from different sides of conflicts.
That network has now grown into eight Social Enterprise Networks with 6000 members who are engaged in making a difference all over the world.
He has served as moderator for both the India-Pakistan Action Forum and American Arab Action Forum.
as the first ever recipient of their Global Humanitarian Award, and he
recently won YPO's
most prestigious Hickok Award for distinguished service.
Bobby is also the founding chairman of Presidents' Action Net, an international network of business leaders that maximizes their philanthropic impact by sharing advice, contacts, best practices and resources.
camera as a way to connect with people, and the results are often dramatic portraits that focus on people's eyes.
Bobby's publisher Chronicle Books wrote: "In war-torn countries around the world, philanthropist and photographer Bobby Sager has discovered the transcendent power of hope through the eyes of children.
is the author of The Power of the Invisible Sun (2009), a book about the power of hope, thankfulness, and Bobby's approach to making a difference.
book was featured on NBC's
"The Today Show" and ABC World News
, and UNICEF selected Bobby's book as one of its featured publications.
is also the author of Beyond the Robe (powerHouse Books, 2013), which tells the story of his
foundation's Science for Monks program teaching Western science to Tibetan monks and nuns.
Science for Monks represents the first time in the approximately 1,500-year history of Tibetan Buddhism that Western science is being taught in the monasteries.
speeches for business leaders, Bobby
talks about how to apply the entrepreneurial skill set to maximize philanthropic return on investment.
also shares his
family's experiences doing hands-on philanthropy.
has given speeches at venues all around the world, including the General Assembly Hall of the UN and the Sydney Opera House.
talks with groups of leaders with the goal of inspiring them to use their own unique skills and gifts to make a difference.
can customize a talk incorporating a combination of these themes depending on the audience.
1. How to apply your entrepreneurial skill set to make a difference (for business leaders)
believes that business leaders have the ability to make a powerful difference in the world, but not by using their checkbooks.
believes that the entrepreuneur's skill set -- the ability to do deals, to tap into a Rolodex of influential contacts, to see opportunities, and to get things done - can make a unique impact.
talks about his
own experience as a successful entrepreneur who decided to refocus his
skill set on making a difference.
encourages other entrepreneurs to use themselves as the "currency" - to contribute their time, energy and talents rather than just their money to maximize the return on investment they get from philanthropy.
offers examples from his
foundation of using business as an agent of social change though microcredit and social enterprise initiatives.
2. How to use Young Presidents' Organization
(YPO) as a platform to maximize the impact of your efforts to make a difference (for members of YPO)
has a particularly powerful message to the 18,000 business leaders in 110 countries who belong to Young Presidents' Organization
: that YPO's unique combination of intimacy among members, entrepreneurial skills and global network makes it a platform to do tremendous good in the world.
talks about strategies for YPO
members to maximize the impact of their individual efforts to make a difference by leveraging YPO as a platform.
offers the example of YPO Peace Action Network
, which convenes business leaders from different sides of conflicts into confidential forums that generate insights and shared solutions to impact the conflict.
3. Themes from The Power of the Invisible Sun
often presents the images and messages of his
book The Power of the Invisible Sun to groups of leaders.
Hope is a Game-Changer Bobby presents the remarkable photographs that he
has taken of children he
met in war-torn areas such as Afghanistan, Rwanda, Pakistan and Palestine.
Articles about Bobby
entrepreneurship, philanthropy, photography and the Sager Foundation
have appeared in countless publications, syndicated newspapers, television and radio shows in the United States and internationally.
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The new owners of the 'Polaroid Blipfoto platform' are named as Jeffrey Hecktman (later 'Jeff') and Bobby (Robert) Sager.
The original Hilco Global press release that announced the preferred bidders mentioned 'a group of investors' that 'included' Hecktman and Sager
With regard to Bobby Sager
you might want to take a look at this Daily Telegraph article titled, 'Bobby Sager
the not-so-secret-millionaire.' It's surprising.
also has a page on the Gordon Brothers website.
is a very wealthy man - but to say how wealthy would be, he
says, 'so boring'. (So bore us, I say).
says, "I have enough," he
says, "so that I can spend the rest of my life engaged in giving away money.
For another perspective on the sector in which Sager made all that money that he so bored to talk about see this Financial Times article from 2011 where the 'colourful' former president of 'liquidator' Gordon Brothers, Bobby Sager, "regaled guests with tales of his good work in 'messed-up places'" at the charity fundraising dinner held for London's Norwood charity by 'investors in distressed debt'.
The very detailed article is titled, ' Vultures circle Europe's debt mountain' and gives an assessment of the investors-in-distressed-debt sector, which is made up largely of hedge funds and private equity firms, and their activities in Europe.
I also came across in my searches a blog entry here on the Gawker that claims to be reproduce a hacked email from Mr Sager to Bouthaina Shaaban, a senior media adviser to President Assad of Syria in 2011.
I had no idea if the email was true or not but this report in the Boston Globe
defends support of Syrian dictator, suggests it, or something like it, was.
As this article points out, Sager's Foundation
also supported the acclaimed film, Budrus about peaceful resistance to the building of the Israeli West Bank Barrier.
Here's a video of Bobby Sager
in Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town, talking about indestructible soccer balls his Sager Family Travelling Foundation
were giving away (For Khayelitsha see my site's history of those townships and conditions in them).
The South Africa TimesLive website reported Sager's Cape Town visit with his
indestructible footballs in World Cup year under the headline , 'American do-gooder puts a stop to breaking of balls'.
Oh and just so you know, there is also an eight-part TV show loosely based on Bobby Sager's
life called - natch - The Philanthropist.
And he is a photographer.
Chair of Polaroid, Bobby C Sager, of Gordon Brothers, said in an interview with the Boston Globe in January 2011,
was already seeing Polaroid
as a 'social network' long before Blipfoto Ltd
began talking to the company about a licensing agreement.
The way this article tells it, the Gordon Brothers
of acquisition of Polaroid
was personally driven by Bobby Sager
"Nearly two years ago, Sager
was working on a philanthropic project when he
read a routine Gordon Brothers memo that mentioned Polaroid
was for sale.
"I was interested right away,'' he
In the last chapter of the book, Instant: the Polaroid Years, (Christopher Bonanos, 2012) Bonanos notes that Sager
alludes to 'mysterious future products' that will 'not be physical' that will be 'connected to photo-swapping that goes on via social networks like Facebook' p.175
And that the group includes Jeffrey B. Hecktman - CEO of Hilco Global - and Bobby Sager Partner and a Director at Gordon Brothers.
The launch of the Valuation & Corporate Recovery business | Gordon Brothers Europe
The evening saw speeches from Frank Morton, CEO of Gordon Brothers Europe, Gary Quaife, Managing Director, Valuation & Corporate Recovery, as well as the two principal shareholders of Gordon Brothers Group, Michael Frieze, Chairman & CEO and Bobby Sager, Chairman, Polaroid.
RiseUp Summit | December 12â€“13, 2015