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Mohammad Yunus Biography


Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Yunus also serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation, a public charity created in 1998 by American philanthropist Ted Turner’s $1 billion gifts to support UN causes.

Mohammad Yunus

BORN: 28 June 1940 (age 81)

HOME TOWN: Chittagong, Bengal Presidency, British India

PARENT: Sofia Khatun (mother) and Hazi Dula Mia Shoudagar (father)

SPOUSE: Vera Forostenko

CHILDREN: Monica Yunus, Deena Afroz Yunus

OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur, Professor, Economist, Banker, University Teacher

AWARDS: Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), Independence Day Award (1987), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1989), World Food Prize (1994), Pfeffer Peace Prize (1994), International SimΓ³n BolΓ­var Prize (1996), Prince of Asturias Award (1998), Gandhi Peace Prize (2000), Volvo Environment Prize (2003), Seoul Peace Prize (2006), Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009), Congressional Gold Medal (2010), Olympic Laurel (2021)…

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