Jacob Lief, right, a lifelong summer resident of the Cranberry Isles, interacts with children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who are being served by Ubuntu, the nonprofit organization he leads. PHOTO COURTESY OF UBUNTU

Fortune: Lief one of 40 most influential

CRANBERRY ISLES — Jacob “Jake” Lief, a summer resident of the Cranberries since birth, has been named to “Fortune” magazine’s 2016 “40 under 40” list of the most influential young people in business.

Lief, 39, is co-founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, which provides comprehensive health, education and social services to vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

“Instead of helping a lot of people in one area, say, health care or education, Lief’s Ubuntu is working with 2,000 children in one place … to help meet all their needs … from the womb to adulthood,” Fortune wrote about its choice of Lief for this year’s “40 under 40” list.

“That formula was novel enough to win Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu as major supporters and attract a six-figure donation from [“The Daily Show” host] Trevor Noah.

“Now, to scale the idea, Lief is building an institute in New York dedicated to helping other would-be do-gooders set up their own narrow-but-deep charities.”

Lief was selected as an Aspen Institute Global Fellow in 2009, and in 2010, he was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Lief is the only person on Fortune’s list of 40 who is recognized for his work in the world of charitable nonprofits.

Lief’s parents, Dan and Cynthia, owned and operated the Islesford Dock Restaurant for the past 24 years.



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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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