Yank Barry, Musician, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

While it is the case that Yank Barry was in the music industry for almost three decades, that is not a great description of what he did. He was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher and he eventually became a major jingle writer, often for some top brands. Later, Yank was a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, producing a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. That company was enormously successful and led to his third career, as a philanthropist.

Traveling the world for business, Yank Barry noticed conditions that changed it all for him. People all over the world were living in downright appalling conditions. He felt bad enough that he wanted to fix things for as many as possible. If the world had seemingly forgotten the, he was going to step in and help. In 1995, he founded and still runs the Global Village Champions Foundation. Over the years, that international hunger initiative has provided at least a billion meals to hungry people globally. He doesn’t do it alone, of course. In addition to his wife Yvette, he’s received help from many friends and philanthropic partners, like Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Buzz Aldrin and Gary U.S. Bonds.

That would be enough for many, but Yank Barry does a lot more. For example, he works closely with NGOs and locally-based agencies all over the world, in order help the poor, even in those politically unstable areas where few others will even go. In addition to three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, Yank Barry’s philanthropy has brought him many awards in the last couple of decades, from all over the world. His work has also been profiled on CNN, NBC, The Jerusalem Post and many other news outlets worldwide, as well.