Renu Mehta is the founder of Fortune Forum, a network that unites philanthropists, celebrities, politicians, and business leaders to target global poverty, environmental issues, and disease.

Mehta, daughter of Indian textiles mogul Vijay Mehta, left what she described as a comfortable job with her family's business to devote her efforts to philanthropic causes. In collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir James Mirrlees, she has proposed the Mehta/Mirrlees (MM) Model, a fiscal incentive that matches private donations with government money in order to meet the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals. The MM Model has been endorsed by an impressive list of luminaries including three Nobel laureates in economics.

Mehta grew up in London, the spoiled youngest child and only daughter in a wealthy family. She credits her ...

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