On today’s episode of the Wealth Confidant, I sit down with Duncan Campbell, a successful businessman turned philanthropist who was born to two alcoholic parents and grew up on welfare. At the age of nine, Duncan made a conscious decision to not be like his parents when he grew up. This became the catalyst for his later success.
Campbell graduated from high school, paid his way through college and went on to become a certified public accountant. He quickly realized he didn’t enjoy being a CPA and searched for ways to start his own business. Many of Duncan’s clients were in the forest industry, and as they were suffering from a relatively low return on investment from their crops, Campbell saw an opportunity. Creating one of the first forest and nature resource investment firms in 1983, Campbell monetized timberland by managing it for large institutional investors. His firm, Campbell Global, is responsible for more than 3.1 million acres of land worldwide.
After Duncan sold his company in the 90’s, he decided to use a large portion of his new found wealth to start Friends of the Children, an organization provides paid mentors to at-risk children. Mentors, or friends, are paid professionals who develop relationships with inner-city kindergarteners or first-graders and maintain contact with the children through high school.
If you’d like to find out more about Friends of the Children and the work that Duncan and his team are doing, check out their website: friendsofthechildren.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn @friendsnational.
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