Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

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What is an investment banker doing trying to save nature? At one of my first big events after I joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC), I was in a room filled with giants from the field—environmental thought leaders, major philanthropists, and leaders of other conservation organizations.

One guest in particular stood out from the crowd: a gentleman in his nineties, still fit and sharp. His manners were impeccable, even courtly, yet he was also clearly not a man to trifle with. Something about him said, “Don’t waste my time.”

I quickly realized that this must be Russell E. Train, a legend in the conservation movement: second administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, first chairman of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and founding director of the World Wildlife Fund. I was the new kid on the block and I was way out of my league.

“Who are you?” Mr. Train said, gruffly but not unkindly. I explained that I was the new president and CEO of TNC and added some details about my Wall Street background.

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