Not many people will think of the word average when they hear about a person that stays up late at night flooding other people’s mailboxes like hurricane or sending encrypted Wickr messages. This 39 year old is the founder and CEO at the New York based human rights foundations. The foundation was launched in 2005.
Thor, who is part Norwegian and part Venezuelan, speaks American English without any hint of an accent. According to The Atlantic and Forbes, Thor Halvorssen comes from generations of leaders. For instance, his paternal grandfather Oystein was the Norwegian King Consul in Venezuela during the Second World War.
His mother on the other hand is a direct descendant of the First President of Venezuela. She is also said to be related to the man that liberated the Latin Americans from Spain, Simon Bolivar. Thor does not believe that human rights are an issue to be tabled at a discussion; he believes that they should be the basis on which all other discussions will be based.
He does not just like fighting for the rights of people because he read some literature about it; his own father was a victim of human rights violations. He was working as a Venezuelan drug Czar when he exposed the government of corruption and was made to rot in a Caracas prison. On the other hand, his mother was shot during a demonstration against Hugo Chavez.
These events haven’t made Thor sad or bitter towards the human race, as a matter of fact, he always declares that he loves people. He states that the people he loves most are dissidents, fighters of others’ rights, troublemakers and defectors.
Thor Halvorssen has also received his own fair share of mistreatment from was beaten black and blue after an interview went sour in Vietnam.
He refuses to be called conservative and states that he does not even care about a person’s political inclinations as long as they are on the same mission.
Thor Halvorssen has a staff of 12 from around the world, reporting on issues regarding violations of human rights. His course has gained enough recognition to get the support of PayPal’s Co-founder Peter Thiel and Google’s Sergey Brin.