#6 Xavier Helgesen

Xavier Helgesen
  • Sector : Energy
  • Residence : USA

Helgesen runs an innovative company which delivers solar energy to those without electricity in Tanzania. He also cofounded Better World Books, an online for-profit bookseller with a triple bottom line of “People, Planet, Profit”. For every book bought, the company donates another one to someone in need through partners Books for Africa and Feed the Children. It works with Carbon Footprint to reduce emissions, has raised around US$20 million for literacy and libraries, and donated almost 18 million books.