Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation
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The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation is a private foundation established in 2000 by New York financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Officially registered as J. Epstein VI Foundation, the "VI" stands for Virgin Islands, where the foundation is based and Epstein owned a private island. The foundation's board includes Cecile de Jongh, wife of the former governor, John de Jongh.
In 2003, the foundation pledged $30 million to Harvard University to establish the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, directed by Martin Nowak, a professor of mathematics and biology. The University received $6.5 million of this pledge. The foundation has also supported NEURO.tv, a video series featuring experts discussing topics related to the brain, and the OpenCog project, an open-source software initiative for Artificial intelligence.
The foundation has also funded individual scientists, including Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Eric Lander, Lawrence Krauss, Lee Smolin, George Church, Ben Goertzel, Kip Thorne, Gregory Benford and numerous Nobel laureates, including, Gerald Edelman, Murray Gell-Mann, Gerard ’t Hooft, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek. In a 2003 profile, Epstein claimed he spent $20 million a year on these researchers. Over the years, the Foundation has convened many of these scientists in conferences to discuss the consensus on fundamental science topics such as gravity, global threats to the Earth and language.
As a representative of the foundation, Epstein sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Advisory Committee at Harvard University, and been involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Epstein also served on the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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