March 21, 2017
 
Yank Barry can be said to have led three separate lives. His first life featured about 30 years in the music industry, where he was a very successful singer and songwriter at many different levels. Following that career Yank Barry was very successful as a food entrepreneur with Vitapro, where he was also an executive. Vitapro makes very popular dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement products. While he was traveling the world for business, Yank saw conditions that brought about his third life; the life of philanthropy.

Besides Global Village Champions Foundation his hunger initiative that has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world over 20 years, Yank Barry has worked very closely with local agencies and NGOs around the world to make lives better. He and his wife Yvette don't just give money and have someone else do the work; they go in themselves and help. In addition to Yank Barry having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, his philanthropic efforts have led to many awards and accolades worldwide from all over the world, from countries as diverse as India, Côte D'Ivoire, the Bahamas and Mexico.