Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Topic > The International Bank of Bob
Bob Harris is an author, comedian and Jeopardy! champion who was hired in 2008 by Forbes Travel Guide to help compile its annual list of the world’s finest accommodations. Overwhelmed by the contrast between rich and poor, Harris found his way to Kiva.org, a portal through which individuals make microloans all over the world. For as little as $25 and $50, businesses are financed and people are uplifted. Astonished at the 99% repayment rate, Harris re-loaned the money to others over and over again. His original $20,000 has now been loaned and repaid more than six times over, helping fund more than 5,200 businesses from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia.
After making hundreds of microloans online, Harris wanted to see the results first-hand. His 2013 book, The International Bank of Bob, introduces some of the world's most inspiring and enterprising people while illuminating day-to-day life — political and emotional — in much of the world that Americans never see. Speaking with humor and compassion, Harris brings the world to our doorstep and makes it clear that each of us can, actually, make it a better place.
Bob Harris holds an honors degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University. He has had a diverse career as a stand-up comedian, TV and radio personality, magazine columnist, voiceover performer, TV writer (Bones, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and political activist. Harris appeared on Jeopardy! 13 times, winning $170,000 in cash and prizes, staging some of the most memorable upsets and collapses in the show’s history. His first book, Prisoner of Trebekistan (2006), chronicles his Jeopardy! experience; his second, Who Hates Whom (2007), catalogues sectarian and factional animosity around the world.
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