The 2018 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner was held at the American Museum of Natural History on May 15th 2018 with nearly 1,000 in attendance. A brief biography of the honorees follows:
Judge Sérgio Fernando Moro
Judge Moro became a federal judge in 1996, one year after completing his Bachelor of Law degree at the Maringa State University in his home state of Paraná. He subsequently received a Juris Doctor from the Federal University of Paraná in 2002.
Before being called to preside over cases in the Operação Lava Jato, Judge Moro worked on a number of other high-profile cases. Notably, at the request of a justice of the Supreme Court, Dr. Moro served as an auxiliary judge in the Mensalão case, which involved an unprecedented investigation into a vote-buying scheme in the Brazilian Congress that concluded in 2012.
Because of his leadership in the Lava Jato case, he was ranked 13th in Fortune’s 2016 List of World’s Greatest Leaders. He was also in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People for the same year and in 10th place on Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of 50 Most Influential People in the World of Finance.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as Mayor of the City of New York. He grew up in a middle-class home in Medford Massachusetts. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 1966 he was hired by Salomon Brothers, eventually running the firm’s Information Systems. In 1981 Mr. Bloomberg was let go from Salomon in a corporate restructuring and launched Bloomberg LP with his partners in a one room office. Together they built a computer terminal that gave investors real-time access to Treasury bond prices. Today Bloomberg LP is a global company that has more than 19,000 employees in more than 176 locations worldwide.
In 2002 he was elected the 108th Mayor of New York City, serving three terms. During his tenure he made many important improvements in the quality of life for the citizens of New York. Upon leaving City Hall at the end of 2013, Michael Bloomberg returned to the company he founded while also devoting more time to philanthropy, which has been a top priority for him throughout his life. In 2014, Bloomberg was appointed U.N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and in 2016, Bloomberg began serving as the WHO global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases.
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies employs a unique data-driven approach to global change that has grown out of his experiences as an entrepreneur and mayor. In addition to Bloomberg’s various philanthropic activities, which are directed towards ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people, he has taken The Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate most of their wealth to giving back.