Klaus Schwab wakes up every day at 6 am, then goes swimming, has breakfast with her wife and walks 5 minutes to his office, in Geneva. An ordinary and humble routine for one of the most influent men in the world.
Klaus Schwab, 78, is the founder of the World Economic Forum, or Davos Forum, the annual summit that gathers the most prominent economists, businessmen and social personalities in the small Swiss village of Davos to discuss about the future of the world.
“Only creativity, empathy and leadership can elevate humanity”, says the German professor, author of The Fourth Industrial Revolution. He likes to be surrounded by young minds, and he always invite to Davos a selected group of "Global Shapers", as he calls the younger generation of economists, entrepreneurs and scientists.
The idea of creating a World Economic Forum began more than 40 years ago,when Schwab was a professor of Business Politics at the University of Geneva. Every summer, when the academic course ended, the professor organized a big summer party with his students, where they shared reflections and thoughts while cooking sausages over a campfire. When the party reached the end, the professor burned all the working papers and notes of that year in the campfire. "Destroying the old to build up the new". Today, this is still his life motto, and his vision of the world.
Read more about Schwabb in the interview published today in El País (In Spanish).