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The 2011 Endeavor Gala, which took place Thursday evening in New York City, convened over 600 business leaders and entrepreneurs to honor Reid Hoffman, Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn, and Fadi Ghandour, Founder & CEO, Aramex International- considered the FedEx of the Middle East, as High-Impact Entrepreneurs of the Year. In total, the Gala raised over $2 million to support Endeavor Global and its 632 High-Impact Entrepreneurs.
In addition to remarks from Hoffman and Ghandour, attendees heard from Herb Allen III, Allen & Co.; Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor Co-Founder & CEO; Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO, Abraaj Capital, and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman, Warner Music Group, and Endeavor Global Chairman. The evening ended with a smashing performance by UK sensation Lianne La Havas.
Endeavor Co-Founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg said that while every Gala is unique, she was particularly thrilled to honor two Endeavor Board Members this year. “Our honorees truly exemplify what it means to be ‘high-impact.’ Aside from being phenomenal entrepreneurs, both Reid and Fadi are committed to giving back to the next generation of talent.’ Endeavor could not have been more excited to honor Reid and Fadi, or more grateful for Reid and Fadi’s participation as board members of Endeavor Global and Jordan, respectively.”
Hear Reid and Fadi’s insights on the meaning of “high-impact” in this short video:
The 2011 Endeavor Gala came on the heels of the Endeavor Entrepreneur Digital Media Tour, at which over 20 Endeavor Entrepreneurs participated in panel discussions with Reid Hoffman, met with leading media and advertisement executives, and visited top firms including R/GA, The Huffington Post, and IAC.
Below, check out a special video created for the Gala by Kharabeesh, an Endeavor company in Jordan:
And finally, here are some wonderful speeches from the evening:
Edgar Bronfman, Jr.:
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