Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated parts of the Philippines in 2013, leaving many families broken and homeless in its path. This led to the partnership of an unlikely pair that had a common vision – to positively help others – and rebuild some of these lives. Entrepreneur Greg Secker and boxing champion Nonito Donaire worked as part of The Greg Secker Foundation to build 100 new homes in the city of Lloilo. Donaire was also driven to inspire former athletes to take up causes that make a difference. Although he was a world champion in the ring, he wanted to prove that he can be a champion for others outside of it. Secker’s foundation was set up three years before the typhoon, just in time to provide assistance.

Greg Secker was a self-made success early in life. He joined Thomas Cook Financial Services fresh out of college and was tasked with developing trading systems. In a short time he developed the Virtual Trading Desk system, a product that earned him the British Telecom Award. Right after he turned 25, he moved on to Mellon Financial as a vice president. There he sharpened his stock trading skills and became a millionaire. He retired from Mellon just a few years later and set up a homemade Forex trading floor in his living room. There he spent the next several years accumulating additional financial success and sharing this knowledge by training many others in his methods. This led Secker to be pursued for his opinion via many speaking engagements at financial meetings and on television.

Secker’s success in the financial world led him to establish The Greg Secker Foundation. The main goal of this organization is to impact communities in a positive way – anywhere around the globe. The foundation also extends many educational opportunities in the areas of life and leadership skills. Secker’s efforts have earned him much recognition, including representation on 2017’s top list of leading philanthropists.