Craig Kielburger is a prominent figure known for his extensive involvement in human rights activism, writing, public speaking, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. He is the brother of Marc Kielburger, who is also a social entrepreneur and human rights activist. Over the span of 25 years, Craig Kielburger has made a significant impact in communities across the globe.
Craig Kielburger was born on December 17, 1982, in Thornhill, Ontario to Fred and Theresa Kielburger, both teachers and real estate investors.
At the age of 12, Craig’s passion for activism was ignited after coming across a newspaper article about Iqbal Masih, a young boy from Pakistan who fell victim to child labor and paid the ultimate price for speaking out against the deplorable practices in his country. This incident inspired Craig and Marc to take action, initially forming a nonprofit organization focused on combating child labor.
Together with his brother, Craig co-founded Free the Children. He then founded WE.org, an international development organization and youth empowerment organization.
Craig’s philanthropic endeavors have garnered recognition both in Canada and internationally. He has been honored with 15 honorary degrees and doctorates and has achieved the status of a New York Times bestselling author, with a portfolio of 12 published books.
Remaining dedicated to their early mission, the Kielburgers have continued to drive positive change. They have empowered children through education and contributed to lifting impoverished communities out of destitution. As social entrepreneurs, they also co-founded ME to WE, a social enterprise that provides economic opportunities in developing countries, while supporting the work of WE.org
Craig’s activism and advocacy have granted him media exposure, with interviews on programs such as 60 Minutes, the BBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the youngest graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program at York University. In 2007, he received the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and was inducted into the Order of Canada at the age of 25.
Craig has received numerous other honours, including the Reebok Human Rights Award and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. He continues to travel and deliver speeches, inspiring others to make positive contributions within their communities.
Craig Kielburger’s net worth has been speculated to be approximately around $625,000.