Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation

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The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation was[1] a private foundation established in 2000 by New York convicted sex offender and financier[2] Jeffrey Epstein.[3] Officially registered as J. Epstein VI Foundation, the "VI" stands for Virgin Islands, where the foundation was based and Epstein owned a private island. The foundation's board included Cecile de Jongh, wife of the former governor of the United States Virgin Islands, John de Jongh.


In 2003, the foundation pledged $30 million to Harvard University[4] to establish the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, directed by Martin Nowak, a professor of mathematics and biology.[5] The university received only $6.5 million of this pledge.[6] The foundation also supported, a video series featuring experts discussing topics related to the brain,[7] and the OpenCog project, an open-source software initiative for Artificial intelligence.[8][9][10]

From 2005 until 2007, the foundation funded the work of geneticist George Church for “cutting edge science & education."[11][12]

Over the years, the foundation convened many of these scientists in conferences to discuss the consensus on fundamental science topics such as gravity, global threats to the Earth and language.[13]

As a representative of the foundation, Epstein sat on the Mind, Brain and Behavior Advisory Committee at Harvard University, and been involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Theoretical Biology Initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania.[14] Epstein also served on the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]


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  2. ^ Dargan, Michele (November 21, 2011). "Jeffrey Epstein must register as NY's highest level sex offender". Palm Beach Daily News. Archived from the original on July 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Edge Organization: Profile Page". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  4. ^ a b The Harvard Crimson, June 5, 2003, "People in the News: Jeffrey E. Epstein" [1]
  5. ^ "Program for Evolutionary Dynamics". Archived from the original on 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  6. ^ "Harvard To Keep Epstein Gift | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  7. ^ " Episodes - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein backs OpenCog Artificial Intelligence Research". h+ Media. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  9. ^ "About". OpenCog Foundation. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  10. ^ Hendricks, Drew. "Science Funder Jeffrey Epstein Launches Radical Emotional Software For The Gaming Industry". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  11. ^ Begley, Sharon (2019-08-05). "Citing 'nerd tunnel vision,' biologist George Church apologizes for contacts with Jeffrey Epstein". STAT. Archived from the original on 2022-01-26. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  12. ^ Church, George (2022-04-19). "Tech transfer - Church Lab". Harvard Molecular Technologies. Archived from the original on 2023-01-13. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  13. ^ National Review Online, July 10, 2013, "Evolution at Harvard: How Financier Jeffrey Epstein Changed the Course of Evolutionary Studies at Harvard University" [2]
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein Science website profile". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07.

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