Net worth: $625,000
Craig Kielburger has been an activist for nearly his entire life. He has had a lifelong dedication to helping those who need it and has become one of the most influential activists in Canada.
His net worth is estimated at $625,000 and his salary is estimated at $125,000.
The News Story That Changed Everything
Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc are the sons of school teachers Fred and Theresa Kielburger. He and Marc were raised in Thornhill, Ontario.
Craig was already a dedicated and high-profile children’s rights activist by the time he entered high school.
It all started when he was looking for the comics in a newspaper, and ended up reading a news story instead. That story was about an abused Pakistani child fighting for better labour conditions. Ultimately, the boy was murdered. Moved by the story, he decided to travel to South Asia to better understand child labour around the world. That trip began a lifelong passion for activism and philanthropy.
More than 25 years later, Craig and his brother Marc Kielburger run WE Charity, one of the biggest and most successful charities in Canada.
When he reached college in 2002, Craig paired his charitable initiatives with his studies, and was accepted into The University of Toronto’s Peace and Conflict Studies program.
In 2009, he became the youngest-ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program at York University.
A Lifelong Career in Philanthropy
Craig and Marc decided early on that their lifelong passion would be fighting against child labor, eventually creating a project called Free the Children.
They never swayed from this commitment, wanting to effect real change in the world. That initial project eventually led to the WE Movement (“a movement of people coming together to change the world”).
That led Craig to co-found WE Charity. The organization provides a holistic development model called WE Villages. This program’s aim is to elevate more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
WE Schools and WE Day provide service learning programs to 18,000 schools in the US, Canada and the UK,
Craig Kielburger also co-founded ME to WE, often described as a pioneering social enterprise. The profits from ME to WE are used to sustain the other projects of their organization.
Craig has been interviewed by the media on many occasions. He’s been on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.
Personal Life and Accomplishments
Craig married Leysa Cerswell in 2016.
He received 15 honorary degrees and doctorates for his work promoting education and human rights. He received the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal, the Order of Canada, the World Children’s Prize. In 2015, he was named Canada’s Most Admired Public Sector CEO.
Craig is also a New York Times bestselling author with 12 published books, and a nationally syndicated columnist. Canadians voted him one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll.