Austin billionaire among Time’s 100 Most Influential People

A humble Austin billionaire is back in the limelight. Robert Smith, who stunned students at Morehouse College last year when he announced he was going to repay their student loans, was named to the 2020 list of 100 Most Influential People.

That year, Time hired other influential people, many of whom were on the list themselves, to write related articles. His homage to Smith was written by husband and wife Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

Smith, who is valued at $ 6.2 billion and ranks 125th on the recently published Forbes’ 400 Richest Americans, is hailed not only for his impressive career in private equity but also for his multi-million dollar investments in people.

“Robert F. Smith deeply recognized that the most important way to unlock wealth and sizable resources is to invest in people and their communities, societies and futures,” the Jacksons write. “If we can keep this priority, we may have an opportunity to create a better world for future generations.”

In addition to his $ 35 million pledge from Morehouse College, Smith has made substantial donations to the Universities of Cornell and Columbia, his Alma Maters, and the United Negro College Fund.

“Earlier this year, he worked tirelessly to unburden thousands of minority small businesses. Through his efforts, Congress allocated $ 10 billion to institutions that support investment in lower-income urban and rural communities,” they write.

The timeline published on September 23 includes six other Texans.

In the Artist category, born in San Antonio, based in Houston Megan Thee stallion was greeted by Taraji P. Henson for her tenacity, who penned an accompanying essay on the rapper.

“I don’t like to apply the stigma of the word to black women because I think it’s dehumanizing us, but she has strength – strength through vulnerability. She has lost much of her family – her mother, her father, her grandmother – not yet She is the epitome of tenacity to pull yourself up by the boot strap, “writes Henson.

Another San Antonian General Charles. Q. Brown, Jr.made history that summer when he became the nation’s first black chief, not only in the Air Force, but also a military service. In his new post, Brown serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, perhaps the most prestigious role for any member of the U.S. military.

“CQ [Brown’s nickname] has opened doors throughout his career and made sure that they remain open to those who follow, “writes Heather Wilson, president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Sister Norma Pimentel was born in Brownsville and continues to work on the Texas-Mexico border as the executive director of Catholic charities in the Rio Grande Valley. Your organization, notes Julían Castro in Time, has served more than 100,000 families on the border.

“Her work grew in importance in Donald Trump’s era for good reason. Since he acted with cruelty to migrants, she acted with compassion. When he chased the vulnerable and sought rejection, she preached community and acceptance. As him Fostered fear, taught it love, “writes Castro.

The other Texans to be applauded on this year’s list are actors Selena Gomezwho was born in Grand Prairie; NFL darling and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes IIwho was born in Tyler; and Lauren Gardnerwho received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. The Houston native is the engineer who developed the Johns Hopkins University dashboard that is used to share information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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