Profile of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Yank Berry

Before he became a world-class philanthropist, Yank Barry spent nearly 30 years in the music industry, where he was something of a journeyman. He was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher. He later became a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, producing a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. It was when he was traveling the world for Vitapro that Yank saw people in many parts of the world living in the most appalling conditions imaginable. He really wanted to do something about that, which is why he is now famous for his work in the philanthropic realm. His overwhelming desire is to help people the world had forgotten.

He has done a lot for a lot of people. For example, over the course of the last couple of decades, Yank Barry’s global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation has served more than one billion meals since Yank, his wife Yvette and numerous friends and philanthropic partners like the late Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Gary U.S. Bonds and many others founded it in 1995. Yank tends to work closely with NGOs and local charitable agencies all over the world, to find out what they need and then he goes in and tries to provide exactly that. Yes, that’s right; Yank Barry doesn’t just write checks and issue grants; he goes in there himself to make sure people have what they need. He does that even in politically unstable areas where many others would never even go. It is that personal approach that has led to Yank Barry’s three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

Yank Barry’s amazing and inspirational youngest brother

Growing up in Canada — specific the Quebec city of Montreal — Yank Barry was proud to watch the life of his youngest brother, Phillip, unfold into one of spirit and grace. Phillip was born with a hole in his heart, an incomprehensible issue during the 1950s; big brother Yank was born in 1948. Although Phillip often looked healthy, his “spells” rendered him helpless at times. Memories for the boys included Yank bringing his young brother candies in a little red wagon or playing for just a short while outside together. Phillip also loved to hear his big brother play music as often as possible. Only six months after their father passed away, Phillip would follow after an open-heart surgery failed to repair the hole in his organ. But for Yank Barry, Phillip would always remain near and dear as well as an inspiration for his charitable ventures in the future.