Muhammad Yunus is a celebrated Bangladeshi entrepreneur, economist and banker known worldwide for being the founder of the Grameen Bank and as a pioneer of the microfinance and microcredit business. In 2006, he and his bank Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping poor people break out of poverty by giving them access to loans.
He had his first child, Monica Yunus, with his first wife Vera Forostenko. His second marriage was to Afrozi Yunus, with whom he had his second child, Deena Afroz Yunus.
In addition to winning the Nobel Peace Prize, he has also received several other highly prestigious awards and honors including the Gandhi Peace Prize and the two highest civilian awards in the United States: the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2011, the Government of Bangladesh forced him to resign from the Grameen Bank because he had flouted the country's laws by staying at the helm of Grameen several years past the mandatory retirement age of 60.
But we have created a society that does not allow opportunities for those people to take care of themselves because we have denied them those opportunities.Muhammad Yunus
Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology. But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things.Muhammad Yunus
Human beings are much bigger than just making money.Muhammad Yunus
I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something like lending money to poor people, given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh.Muhammad Yunus
I said peace is sometimes narrowly interpreted it's the absence of conflict between nations or something. But peace is more inherent, more basic to human life, human beings, what we feel about each other, what we feel about life around us and what we see in our future.Muhammad Yunus
I went to the bank and proposed that they lend money to the poor people. The bankers almost fell over.Muhammad Yunus
I'm sure everything has a bearing on what I'm doing. My family is a lower-middle-class family, there's lots of children, seven brothers, two sisters grew up together, fighting with each other, went to school. My mother went to school up to 4th grade. My father went to school up to 8th grade. So that's about the education level we had in the family.Muhammad Yunus
My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.Muhammad Yunus
Poverty is unnecessary.Muhammad Yunus
Soon we saw that money going to women brought much more benefit to the family than money going to the men. So we changed our policy and gave a high priority to women. As a result, now 96% of our four million borrowers in Grameen Bank are women.Muhammad Yunus
There is the expression of selfishness and there is the expression of selflessness - but economists or theoreticians never touched that part. They said: 'Go and become a philanthropist.' I said, 'No, I can do that in the business world, create a different kind of business - a business based on selflessness.'Muhammad Yunus
Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe, more than half the population of the world - out of six billion people, more than three billion - do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank. This is a shame.Muhammad Yunus
What we are trying to do is to create a social business in Bangladesh, a joint venture to create restaurants for common people. Good, healthy food at affordable prices so that people don't have to opt for food that is unhealthy and unhygienic.Muhammad Yunus
is a famous Bangladeshi economist,
who was born on
June 28, 1940. As a person born on this date, Muhammad Yunus is listed in our database as the 18th
most popular celebrity for the day (June 28) and the 38th most popular for the year (1940).
People born on June 28
fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab.
Muhammad Yunus is the 478th most popular Cancer.
Aside from information specific to Muhammad Yunus' birthday, Muhammad Yunus is the 2nd most famous Bangladeshi.
In general, Muhammad Yunus ranks as the 5685th
most popular famous person of all time.
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