Thor Halvorssen isn’t your normal human rights activist. He works deep into the night (some even call his schedule “vampire hours”). The 39-year-old is also a health nut. He takes a whopping 35 supplements a day, from a sleep-inducing pill to a tree bark concoction that’s designed to prevent human cells from aging.
He’s even made plans to have his body cryogenically preserved when he dies (that’s where a lab puts it into a deep freeze) so that he might one day be able to come back to life. He’s also seen The Shawshank Redemption an estimated twenty times.
But what drives Halvorssen most of all is his fight against human rights abuses around the world. In 2005 he founded the Human Rights Foundation, which is based in New York. Through the foundation, the Venezuela-born activist leads a campaign to highlight abuses around the world, and adamantly stands against dictatorships of any political hue.
He also organizes a major annual event, the Oslo Freedom Forum, in which human rights activists come to speak to crowds of noted philanthropists in the hopes of drawing money and attention to their respective causes.
Lately, Halvorssen has been on a crusade against North Korea, a country that has been gripped by totalitarianism for 70 years. Its people are sealed off from the outside world and have endured harsh famines that have seen an estimated 3.5 million people die from starvation.
A third of North Koreans are said to be undernourished today, and there have even been reports of cannibalism. The regime hacked Sony Pictures last year in an attempt to prevent the release of, “The Interview,” a Seth Rogan film that skewers North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
Thor Halvorssen has organized North Korean defectors to hack the regime as a reprisal. His team also comes up with ways to send American pop-culture material and democracy promotion goods, which the North Korean regime considers contraband, into the hermetically sealed kingdom.