Thor Halvorssen is the type of person to be working late at night, working to eliminate worldwide government corruption. Thor Halvorssen was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Norwegian and Venezuelan parents. Most of his primary school was in Venezuela and he went to University of Pennsylvania to obtain his undergrad and postgraduate degrees in Political Science and history. He is fluent in multiple languages including American English, in which he speaks flawlessly without any accent. His family roots are very affluent as well. His grandfather was a Norwegian ambassador that worked in the consulate of Caracas. His mother has genetic roots with the South American revolutionaries Cristóbal Mendoza and Simón Bolívar. She was an active protester of the Hugo Chavez regime and was murdered by police during a rally. His father worked for the Venezuelan government for years until he was imprisoned and tortured for trying to expose government corruption.
Thor launched the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in the year 2005. His organization protested the imprisonment of Pussy Riot in 2012. The chairman of HRF at the time, Garry Kasparov, was imprisoned during their involvement in the protests. He was captured by the media being battered by police and carried away.
In 2010, Thor and his cameraman traveled to Vietnam to interview the head of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. The purpose of the interview was to expose the oppression of the religious in Vietnam. The authorities arrested them but they still managed to smuggle the memory card out.
Thor and the HRF are very critical of many corrupt South American regimes. He is often criticized of being a Right Ringer since most South American governments are Left Wing. Thor himself claims to be a Classic Liberal, which is more comparable to a Libertarian if anything. Thor does not care about the political affiliation of his enemies nor his employees. He only cares about combating and exposing corruption. Thor’s regular staff members are a mere 12 employees of diverse backgrounds.
The HRF hosts the annual Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum has attracted many popular supporters like Peter Thiel and Sergey Brin. The forum is popularly nicknamed “The Gathering of Heroes“.