In 1998, John Wood was a rising executive at Microsoft when a vacation in Nepal changed his life. By 2000 he had quit his job and started the nonprofit Room to Read organization, which has since grown with astonishing speed. In partnership with local communities, Room to Read has established more than 7,000 bilingual libraries and 700 schools in developing countries—and funded the education of nearly 7,000 girls.
Wood has received Time magazine’s Asia’s Heroes Award and was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His 2006 memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, has been translated into 185 languages.