At the beginning of 2018, the simplified Chinese version of Principles was published by CITIC Press Group. With a short period of one month, 500,000 copies were sold, which created another miracle in the Chinese book market. As the author of the book, Ray Dalio is not only "Godfather of Hedge Fund" in the U.S., Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world, but also one of the earliest foreign entrepreneurs who came to China after the Open-door Policy. He is also a businessman who is also affectionate about China, is full of feelings, and has a sense of responsibility to society.
During the Spring Festival, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent holiday wishes through congratulatory letters to Chairman Ma Weihua and President Wang Zhenyao, respectively. In the letters, Blair wished them great health, fortune and happiness in the year of the Dog.
For years, I’ve been saying Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I’d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living in the most peaceful time in human history. I’d never seen such a clear explanation of progress.
JAN. 10-12: The East-West Philanthropy Forum and CGPI
organized the 4th East-West Philanthropists Summit on the Big Island of Hawaii with the theme of "United Action for a Sustainable Planet". Our sponsors Niu Gensheng and He Qiaonyu, board director Geng Ming (on behalf of Bill Gates) and Gretchen Wagner (on behalf of Ray Dalio) attended the forum along with nearly 100 global leaders and philanthropists, including Japanese philanthropist Fukutake Soichiro (the Naoshima Method), Mr. Jorge Chediek (UNOSSC Director & Envoy of the Secretary-General), Maya Soetoro-Ng (sister of Barack Obama), Peter Rundlet (Director of International Strategy, Barack Obama Foundation), Thomas Kaplan (Co-founder of Panthera), Dietmar Grimm (President, the Paulson Institute) and Sofia Michelakis (Relationship Management Lead - Giving Pledge, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) discussed climate change, marine conservation, rural revitalization and green finance. Highlights included a message from former President Obama, presentations about the Peach Flower Island collaboration and Lu Dezhi’s books in English, and a ceremony honoring sustainability leaders
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Founder of Ceeds of Peace and the maternal half-sister of the 44th President of the United States of America, read out a letter from President Obama to the meeting at the award ceremony. In his letter, Barack Obama said, “My sister, Maya has told me about the high-level meetings you have convened in the US, China, Japan and Europe, and the effective partnerships you have formed for education, the environment, and a safer tomorrow. These are issues of great importance to me as well, so I encourage you to continue the good things you are already doing and thank you for your efforts to protect the environment, promote sustainable energy, and build healthy communities. Your work to increase understanding and collaborative problem solving, engage in social entrepreneurship and green finance, and encourage young leaders is vital to our shared future.”