2015 Bower Award for Business Leadership Recipient Announced
Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.
The Franklin Institute is pleased to announce billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman as the recipient of the 2015 Bower Award for Business Leadership. Huntsman, along with nine other trailblazers in science and technology, will be formally recognized and honored at the annual Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Huntsman is widely recognized as one of our nation’s foremost concerned citizens and philanthropists, and his lifetime of humanitarian giving exceeds $1.5 billion and has benefited thousands, both domestically and internationally. He credits his alma mater, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, for being a gateway to a life that included a job in the White House, the invention of the polystyrene egg carton, and the building of Huntsman Corporation, a multi-billion dollar global chemical company. Education and innovation aside, Huntsman founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute to accelerate the work of curing cancer through human genetics. Huntsman, who himself is a cancer survivor and one of the first 40 people to pledge half of his wealth to charity under the Giving Pledge, has publicly stated that there is no cause more important to him than fighting cancer and has committed the rest of his life to supporting clinical and research efforts to eliminate the disease.
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