"What the world needs now, says Nicolas Berggruen, is more philosophy. He thinks that the great thinkers of human history just might provide some solutions in our time of political and economic upheaval." According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Berggruen, a philanthropist and financier worth an estimated $2 billion, has been interested in philosophy since he was a teenager in Paris reading existentialism. Believing in the lasting power of ideas and experiences over possessions, he was inspired by the 2008 financial crisis to found the Berggruen Institute. With an endowment of $1 billion, the Berggruen Institute seeks to develop ideas in politics, economics and social organization. "I always felt philosophy...doesn't get enough attention," said Mr. Berggruen. https://www.wsj.com/articles/philanthropist-nicolas-berggruens-big-bet-on-philosophy-1486750574
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