Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president and current chairman of Generation Investment Management, a sustainable investment firm, addressing a business conference on the topic of sustainability in May 2010.

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Albert Arnold “Al” Gore, Jr., was born on March 31, 1948, in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Albert Gore, Sr., a U.S. representative (1939–44, 1945–53) and senator (1953–71) from Tennessee and Pauline LaFon Gore. Al Jr. spent his early years on the family farm in Carthage, Tennessee, and in Washington, D.C., where he attended St. Albans high school. There, at his senior prom, he met Mary Elisabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson, whom he married five years later. In 1965, he enrolled at Harvard, where he planned to be an English major and worked ...

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