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George Clooney

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George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer and filmmaker. He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the other for co-producing Argo (2012). In 2018, he was the recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, with his breakthrough role in From Dusk till Dawn (1996), and the crime comedy Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with director Steven Soderbergh, who would become a long-time collaborator. In 1999, he took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War.

In 2001, Clooney’s fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, the heist comedy remake Ocean’s Eleven, the first of what became a trilogy, starring Clooney. He made his directorial debut a year later with the biographical spy comedy Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has since directed the historical drama Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), the sports comedy Leatherheads (2008), the political drama The Ides of March (2011), and the war film The Monuments Men (2014). Clooney won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Middle East thriller Syriana (2005), and subsequently earned Best Actor nominations for the legal thriller Michael Clayton (2007) and the comedy-dramas Up in the Air (2009) and The Descendants (2011). In 2013, he received the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the political thriller Argo. He has been nominated for Oscars in six different categories, a record he shares with Walt Disney.

In 2009, Clooney was included in Time’s annual Time 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”. He is also noted for his political and economic activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008.Clooney is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

Early Life


Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Nina Bruce (née Warren), was a beauty queen and city councilwoman. His father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman and television host, including five years on the AMC network. Clooney is of Irish, German, and English ancestry. His maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln. Clooney has an older sister named Adelia (known as Ada). Cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was an aunt. Through Rosemary, his cousins include actors Miguel Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, and Gabriel Ferrer, who is married to singer Debby Boone.

Clooney was raised a strict Roman Catholic but said in 2006 that he did not know if he believed “in Heaven, or even God.” He has said, “Yes, we were Catholic, big-time, whole family, whole group.” He began his education at the Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He attended St. Michael’s School in Worthington, Ohio; then Western Row Elementary School (a public school) in Mason, Ohio, from 1968 to 1974; and St. Susanna School in Mason, where he served as an altar boy. The Clooneys moved back to Kentucky when George was midway through the seventh grade. In middle school, Clooney developed Bell’s palsy, a medical condition that partially paralyzes the face. The malady went away within a year. In an interview with Larry King, he stated that “yes, it goes away. It takes about nine months to go away. It was the first year of high school, which was a bad time for having half your face paralyzed.” He also described one positive outcome of the condition: “It’s probably a great thing that it happened to me because it forced me to engage in a series of making fun of myself. And I think that’s an important part of being famous. The practical jokes have to be aimed at you.”

After his parents moved to Augusta, Kentucky, Clooney attended Augusta High School. He has stated that he earned all As and a B in school, and played baseball and basketball. He tried out to play professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, but he did not pass the first round of player cuts and was not offered a contract. He attended Northern Kentucky University from 1979 to 1981, majoring in broadcast journalism, and very briefly attended the University of Cincinnati, but did not graduate from either. He earned money selling women’s shoes, insurance door-to-door, stocking shelves, working in construction, and cutting tobacco.

Career


Early work, 1978–1993

Clooney’s first role was as an extra in the television mini-series Centennial in 1978, which was based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener and was partly filmed in Clooney’s hometown of Augusta, Kentucky. Clooney’s first major role came in 1984 in the short-lived sitcom E/R (not to be confused with ER, the better-known hospital drama, on which Clooney also co-starred a decade later). He played a handyman on the series The Facts of Life and appeared as Bobby Hopkins, a detective, on an episode of The Golden Girls. His first prominent role was a semi-regular supporting role in the sitcom Roseanne, playing Roseanne Barr’s supervisor Booker Brooks, followed by the role of a construction worker on Baby Talk, a co-starring role on the CBS drama Bodies of Evidence as Detective Ryan Walker, and then a year-long turn as Det. James Falconer on Sisters. In 1988, Clooney played a small role in the comedy-horror film Return of the Killer Tomatoes. In 1990, he starred in the short-lived ABC police drama Sunset Beat. During this period, Clooney was a student at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school for five years.

Breakthrough, 1994–1999

Clooney rose to fame when he played Dr. Doug Ross, alongside Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, and Noah Wyle, on the hit NBC medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999. After leaving the series in 1999, he made a cameo appearance in the 6th season and returned for a guest spot in the show’s final season. For his work on the series, Clooney received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1995 and 1996. He also earned three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 1995, 1996, and 1997 (losing to co-star Anthony Edwards).

Clooney in 1995

Clooney began appearing in films while working on ER. His first major Hollywood role was in the horror comedy-crime thriller From Dusk till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Harvey Keitel. He followed its success with the romantic comedy One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer, and the action-thriller The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman. Clooney was then cast as Batman in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, which was a modest box office performer, but a critical failure (with Clooney himself calling the film “a waste of money”). In 1998, he co-starred in the crime-comedy Out of Sight opposite Jennifer Lopez, marking the first of his many collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh. He also starred in Three Kings during the last weeks of his contract with ER.

After ER, 2000–2010

After leaving ER, Clooney starred in the commercially successful films The Perfect Storm (2000), a disaster drama; and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), a Coen brothers adventure comedy. In 2001, he teamed up with Soderbergh again for the heist comedy Ocean’s Eleven, a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film of the same name, with Clooney playing Danny Ocean, originally portrayed by Frank Sinatra. It is Clooney’s most successful film with him in the lead role, earning $451 million worldwide (he appeared, but did not star, in Gravity, which has a $723 million worldwide box office). The film inspired two sequels starring Clooney, Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007.

George Clooney at the premiere of The Men Who Stare at Goats in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2001, Clooney and Soderbergh co-founded Section Eight Productions, for which Grant Heslov was president of television. Clooney made his directorial debut in the 2002 film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, based on the autobiography of TV producer Chuck Barris. Though the film did not do well at the box office, critics stated that Clooney’s directing showed promise.

In 2005, Clooney starred in Syriana, which was based loosely on former Central Intelligence Agency agent Robert Baer’s memoirs of his service in the Middle East. Clooney suffered an accident on the set of Syriana, which caused a brain injury with complications from a punctured dura. The same year he directed, produced, and starred in Good Night, and Good Luck, a film about 1950s television journalist Edward R. Murrow’s famous war of words with Senator Joseph McCarthy. At the 2006 Academy Awards, Clooney was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Syriana. He won the Oscar for his role in Syriana.

George Clooney cast his hands and shoes in the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 2007.

Clooney next appeared in The Good German (2006), a film noir directed by Soderbergh that is set in post-World War II Germany. In August 2006, Clooney and Heslov started the production company Smokehouse Pictures. In October 2006, Clooney received the American Cinematheque Award, which honors someone in the entertainment industry who has made “a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures”. On January 22, 2008, Clooney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for Michael Clayton (2007) but did not win. Later that year, he directed his third film, Leatherheads, in which he also starred. On April 4, 2008, Variety reported that Clooney had quietly resigned from the Writers Guild of America over a dispute concerning Leatherheads. Clooney, who is the director, producer, and star of the film, claimed that he had contributed in writing “all but two scenes” of it, and requested a writing credit alongside Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly, who had worked on the screenplay for 17 years. Clooney lost an arbitration vote 2–1, and withdrew from the union over the decision. He became a “financial core status” non-member, meaning he no longer has voting rights, and cannot run for office or attend membership meetings, according to the WGA’s constitution.

He next co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey in the war comedy film The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was directed by Heslov and released in November 2009. Also in November 2009, he voiced the title character in Wes Anderson’s animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox. The same year, Clooney starred in the comedy-drama Up in the Air, which was initially given limited release, and then wide-released on December 25, 2009. For his performance in the film, which was directed by Jason Reitman, he was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and an Academy Award. 2010 saw the release of The American, based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth and directed by Anton Corbijn. Clooney played the lead role, and was a producer of the film.

2011–Present

As of 2011, Clooney is represented by Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In 2011 Clooney starred in The Descendants as a husband whose wife has an accident that leaves her in a coma. He earned critical praise for his work, and won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Also, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the political drama The Ides of March. In 2013, Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Argo. He is the only person in Academy Award history to be nominated for Oscars in six different categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Clooney co-starred with Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013), a space thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón. He co-wrote, directed and starred in The Monuments Men, an adaption of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel. Clooney also produced August: Osage County (2013), an adaptation of the play of the same name. The film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. His next film was Tomorrowland (2015), a science fiction adventure film in which he played Frank Walker, an inventor. Later in the year, he was featured as himself in the Netflix Christmas musical comedy A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray.

Hail, Caesar!, a comedy from the Coen brothers set in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, premiered in February 2016. Clooney portrayed Baird Whitlock, a Robert Taylor-type film star who is kidnapped during the production of a film. Josh Brolin co-starred as fixer Eddie Mannix. Clooney reunited with Julia Roberts for the Jodie Foster-directed thriller Money Monster (2016), playing the host of a television show that investigates conspiracies on commerce and Wall Street, who is taken hostage by a bankrupt viewer given a bad tip.

In 2013, Clooney co-founded Casamigos Tequila with Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman. It was sold to Diageo for $700 million in June 2017, with an additional $300 million possible depending on the company’s performance over the next ten years. According to Forbes annual ranking, he was the world’s highest-paid actor for 2017-2018, earning $239 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

In October 2017 his directorial project Suburbicon a 1950s-set crime comedy was released. It stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac, from a script written by the Coen brothers in the 1980s, that they had originally intended to direct themselves.

He received the 2018 AFI Life Achievement Award on June 7, 2018.

Activism and Public Advocacy


Political views

Clooney is a supporter of gay rights. He supported both of Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Clooney endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential election.

Clooney in Abéché, Chad, in January 2008 with the U.N

Humanitarian work

Clooney is involved with Not On Our Watch Project, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub. In February 2009, he visited Goz Beida, Chad, with New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. In January 2010, he organized the telethon Hope for Haiti Now, which collected donations for the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.

In March 2012, Clooney starred with Martin Sheen and Brad Pitt in a performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play, ‘8’—a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California’s Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage—as attorney David Boies. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. In September 2012, Clooney offered to take an auction winner out to lunch to benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN works to create a safe space in schools for children who are or may be perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Darfur

Clooney has advocated a resolution of the Darfur conflict.[82] He spoke at a 2006 Save Darfur rally in Washington, D.C. In April 2006, he spent ten days in Chad and Sudan with his father to make the TV special “A Journey to Darfur” reflecting the situation of Darfur’s refugees, and advocated for action. The documentary was broadcast on American cable TV as well as in the UK and France. In 2008, it was released on DVD with the sale proceeds being donated to the International Rescue Committee. In September of the same year, he spoke to the UN Security Council with Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel to ask the UN to find a solution to the conflict and to help the people of Darfur. In December, he visited China and Egypt with Don Cheadle and two Olympic winners to ask both governments to pressure Sudan’s government.

Clooney discusses Sudan with President Barack Obama at the White House in October 2010.

On March 25, 2007, he sent an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling on the European Union to take “decisive action” in the region given the failure of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to respond to UN resolutions. He narrated and was co-executive producer of the 2007 documentary Sand and Sorrow. Clooney also appeared in the documentary film Darfur Now, a call-to-action film released in November 2007 for people all over the world to help stop the Darfur crisis. In December 2007, Clooney and fellow actor Don Cheadle received the Summit Peace Award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome. In his acceptance speech, Clooney said that “Don and I … stand here before you as failures. The simple truth is that when it comes to the atrocities in Darfur … those people are not better off now than they were years ago.” On January 18, 2008, the United Nations announced Clooney’s appointment as a UN messenger of peace, effective January 31.

Clooney conceived of and, with John Prendergast – human rights activist, co-founder of the Enough Project, and Strategic Advisor for Not on Our Watch Project – initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), after an October 2010 trip to South Sudan. SSP aims to monitor armed activity for signs of renewed civil war between Sudan and South Sudan, and to detect and deter mass atrocities along the border regions there.

Clooney and John Prendergast co-wrote a Washington Post op-ed piece in May 2011, titled “Dancing with a dictator in Sudan”, arguing that:

President Omar al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, is escalating bombing and food aid obstruction in Darfur, and he now threatens the entire north-south peace process … the evidence shows that incentives alone are insufficient to change Khartoum’s calculations. International support should be sought immediately for denying debt relief, expanding the ICC indictments, diplomatically isolating the regime, suspending all non-humanitarian aid, obstructing state-controlled bank transactions and freezing accounts holding oil wealth diverted by senior regime officials.

On March 16, 2012, Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy for civil disobedience. He intended to be arrested when he planned the protest. Several other prominent participants were also arrested, including Martin Luther King III. Clooney has been described as one of the most strident critics of Omar al-Bashir.

Armenian Genocide

Clooney supports the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. He is one of the chief associates of the 100 Lives Initiative, a project which aims to remember the lives lost during the event. As part of the initiative, Clooney launched the Aurora Prize, which awards to those who risk their lives to prevent genocides and atrocities. Clooney had also urged various American government officials to support the United States’ recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Clooney visited Armenia to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the event in April 2016.

Syria

In May 2015, Clooney told the BBC that the Syrian conflict was too complicated politically to get involved in and he wanted to focus on helping the refugees. In March 2016, he and his wife, Amal Clooney, met with Syrian refugees living in Berlin to mark the fifth anniversary of the conflict, before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to thank her for Germany’s open-door policy.

Gun Control

In 2018, following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the Clooneys pledged $500,000 to the March for Our Lives and said they would be in attendance.

LGBT Rights

On March 28, 2019, Clooney wrote an open letter calling for the boycott of the Sultan of Brunei’s hotels over a new law that comes into force on April 3, 2019 that will punish homosexual sex and adultery with death by stoning. Clooney lists 9 hotels including The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane, Coworth Park, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, Le Meurice, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Hotel Eden and Hotel Principe di Savoia and asks readers to consider how “we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery.”

Personal Life


Relationships

Clooney dated actress Kelly Preston (1987–1989). Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. He also had a relationship with actress Ginger Lynn Allen. Clooney dated French reality TV personality Céline Balitran (1996–1999). After meeting British model Lisa Snowdon in 2000, he had a five-year on-again, off-again relationship with her. Clooney dated Renée Zellweger (2001) and Krista Allen (2002–2008). In June 2007, he started dating reality personality Sarah Larson, but the couple broke up in May 2008. In July 2009, Clooney was in a relationship with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis until they split in June 2011. In July 2011, Clooney started dating former WWE personnel Stacy Keibler, and they ended their relationship in July 2013.

Clooney and Alamuddin at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany in 2016

Clooney became engaged to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on April 28, 2014. In July 2014, Clooney publicly mocked the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail after it claimed his fiancée’s mother opposes their marriage on religious grounds. When the tabloid apologized for its false story, Clooney refused to accept the apology. He called the paper “the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers.” On August 7, 2014, Clooney and Alamuddin obtained marriage licenses at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea of the United Kingdom. Alamuddin and Clooney were officially married on September 27, 2014, at Ca’ Farsetti. They were married by Clooney’s friend Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome. In 2015, Clooney and Alamuddin adopted a rescue dog, a bassett hound named Millie, from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. On February 9, 2017, it was reported by the CBS talk show, The Talk, that Amal was pregnant, and that they were expecting twins. On June 6, 2017, Amal gave birth to a daughter, Ella, and a son, Alexander.

Real Estate

Clooney has property in Los Angeles. He purchased the 7,354-square-foot (683.2 m2) house in 1995 through his George Guilfoyle Trust. His home in Italy is in the village of Laglio, on Lake Como, near the former residence of Italian author Ada Negri. Clooney also owns a home in Los Cabos, Mexico, that is next door to the home of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. In 2014, Clooney and his new British wife Amal Alamuddin bought the Grade II listed Mill House on an island in the River Thames at Sonning Eye in Oxfordshire, England at a cost of around £10 million.

Motorcycle Accidents

On September 21, 2007, Clooney and then-girlfriend Sarah Larson were injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey, when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver of the car reported that Clooney attempted to pass him on the right, while Clooney said that the driver signaled left and then decided to make an abrupt right turn and clipped his motorcycle. On October 9, 2007, more than two dozen staff at Palisades Medical Center were suspended without pay for looking at Clooney’s medical records in violation of federal law.

On July 10, 2018, Clooney was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle to a film set in Sardinia. He was hospitalised with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Sports

Growing up around Cincinnati, Clooney is a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. He tried out to be a Red in 1977.

In the Media


Clooney has appeared in commercials outside the U.S. for Fiat, Nespresso, Martini vermouth, and Omega. Clooney was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He is sometimes described as one of the most handsome men in the world. In 2005, TV Guide ranked Clooney No. 1 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list. The cover story in a February 2008 issue of Time magazine was headlined with: “George Clooney: The last movie star”.

He was parodied in the South Park episode “Smug Alert!”, which criticizes his acceptance speech at the 78th Academy Awards.[citation needed] Clooney has also lent his voice to South Park as Sparky the Dog in “Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride” and as the emergency room doctor in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Clooney was caricatured in the American Dad! episode “Tears of a Clooney”, in which Francine Smith plans to destroy him.

Director Alexander Cartio made his debut feature film, Convincing Clooney, about a Los Angeles artist who, faced with rejection as an actor and screenwriter, concocts a master plan to get Clooney to star in his first-ever low-budget short film. The movie was released on DVD in November 2011.

Publications


Articles

“The Key to Making Peace in Africa”. Co-authored with John Prendergast. Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 2, March 14, 2018.

Awards and Nominations


Throughout his career, Clooney has won two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana and one for Best Picture as one of the producers for Argo, as well as a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. For his role in The Descendants, he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Satellite Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Lead Actor and Best Cast. On January 11, 2015, Clooney was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

The following is a list of awards and nominations received by American actor, singer, comedian, dancer, screenwriter, director, independent filmmaker, model and producer George Clooney throughout his career. Clooney has received eight Academy Award nominations, winning two—Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and as co-producer of Best Picture winner Argo (2012). He is the second person to be nominated in six different Academy Award categories (Best Picture; Best Director; Best Original Screenplay; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Lead Actor; Best Supporting Actor), following Walt Disney.

Awards

Academy Awards

British Academy Film Awards

Empire Awards

Golden Globe Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards

Satellite Awards

Saturn Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Miscellaneous

Filmography


George Timothy Clooney is an American-Canadian actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time with over $1.9 billion total box office gross and an average of $61.7 million per film. He has been involved in thirteen films that grossed over $200 million at the worldwide box office.

Clooney has appeared in the television series ER (1994–99), The Facts of Life (1985–87), Roseanne (1988–91), Bodies of Evidence (1992–93) and Sisters (1993–94). Early in his career, Clooney also appeared in a number of low-budget film roles like Return to Horror High (1987), Combat Academy (1987 television movie), Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), Unbecoming Age (1992) and The Harvest (1993). His role as doctor Doug Ross on ER earned him Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.

In the 1990s Clooney appeared in the films From Dusk till Dawn (1996), One Fine Day (1996), with Michelle Pfeiffer, The Peacemaker (1997) with Nicole Kidman, Batman & Robin (1997), and Out of Sight (1998) opposite Jennifer Lopez. The new millennium saw Clooney in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), which won him a Golden Globe Award, as well as Empire Award and Satellite Award nominations. In 2001, he teamed up again with Soderbergh for the star-studded caper film Ocean’s Eleven, alongside Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and many others. The film was followed by two sequels starring Clooney, Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007. He has also appeared in Solaris (2002), Welcome To Collinwood (2002), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Syriana (2005), for which he was rewarded with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, The Good German (2006), Michael Clayton (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), Up in the Air (2009), for the latter earning an Academy Award nomination. Clooney also directed and starred in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads (2008) and The Ides of March (2011).

In 2011 Clooney starred in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, earning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and an Academy Award nomination. In 2013, he co-starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the space thriller Gravity. He directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in The Monuments Men, originally scheduled for release in 2013, but pushed back until 2014. He next starred in Brad Bird’s science fiction film Tomorrowland, released on May 22, 2015.

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As Producer

7 Staf Khusus Presiden Jokowi dari Kalangan Milenial

Source: Kompas – 21/11/2019, 17:31 WIB

Presiden Joko Widodo (keempat kiri) bersama staf khusus yang baru dari kalangan milenial (kiri ke kanan) CEO Amartha Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, Perumus Gerakan Sabang Merauke Ayu Kartika Dewi, Pendiri Ruang Guru Adamas Belva Syah Devara, Peraih beasiswa kuliah di Oxford Billy Gracia Yosaphat Mambrasar, CEO dan Founder Creativepreneur Putri Indahsari Tanjung, Pendiri Thisable Enterprise Angkie Yudistia dan Mantan Ketua Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia/PMII Aminuddin Maruf ketika diperkenalkan di halaman tengah Istana Merdeka Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019). Ketujuh stafsus milenial tersebut mendapat tugas untuk memberi gagasan serta mengembangkan inovasi-inovasi di berbagai bidang. ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A./nz(ANTARA FOTO/WAHYU PUTRO A)

Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) memperkenalkan tujuh orang dari kalangan milenial sebagai staf khususnya di Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019). Perkenalan tujuh staf khusus yang merupakan bagian dari 13 staf khusus Presiden tersebut nantinya akan bertugas untuk membantu kerja-kerja Kepala Negara.

Foto kolase Staf khusus Presiden Joko Widodo yang baru dari kalangan milenial (kiri ke kanan) Pendiri Ruang Guru Adamas Belva Syah Devara, CEO Amartha Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, Pendiri Thisable Enterprise Angkie Yudistia, Peraih beasiswa kuliah di Oxford Billy Gracia Yosaphat Mambrasar, Perumus Gerakan Sabang Merauke Ayu Kartika Dewi, CEO dan Founder Creativepreneur Putri Indahsari Tanjung dan Mantan Ketua Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia/PMII Aminuddin Maruf saat diperkenalkan di halaman tengah Istana Merdeka Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019). Ketujuh stafsus milenial tersebut mendapat tugas untuk memberi gagasan serta mengembangkan inovasi-inovasi di berbagai bidang. ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A/nz(ANTARA FOTO/WAHYU PUTRO A)

Dalam sesi perkenalan tersebut, Jokowi berharap keberadaan para milenial di jajaran staf khusus Presiden tersebut dapat memberi masukan segar demi kemajuan bangsa dan negara. Menurut Jokowi, ketujuh generasi milenial tersebut selain memiliki prestasi di bidangnya masing-masing, juga mempunyai latar belakang pendidikan lulusan universitas ternama, baik di dalam negeri maupun luar negeri.

Berikut ini latar belakang pendidikan ketujuh orang staf khusus Presiden yang baru:

  1. Putri Indahsari Tanjung – (CEO dan Founder Creativepreneur)
  2. Adamas Belva Syah Devara – (Pendiri Ruang Guru)
  3. Ayu Kartika Dewi – (Perumus Gerakan Sabang Merauke)
  4. Angkie Yudistia – (Pendiri Thisable Enterprise, kader PKPI, difabel tunarungu)
  5. Gracia Billy Yosaphat Membrasar – (Pemuda asal Papua, peraih beasiswa kuliah di Oxford)
  6. Aminuddin Ma’ruf – (Mantan Ketua Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia/PMII)
  7. Andi Taufan Garuda (Pendiri Lembaga Keuangan Amartha)

1 | Putri Indahsari Tanjung

Putri Indahsari Tanjung merupakan anak pengusaha Chairul Tanjung. Putri merupakan sosok staf khusus Presiden dari kalangan milenial yang paling muda. Founder dan CEO Creativepreneur dari Chief Business of Creative ini usianya masih 23 tahun. Menilik dari akun Linkedln-nya, Putri pernah menempuh pendidikan di Anglo Chinese School Jakarta pada tahun 2006-2011.

Ia juga melanjutkan pendidikan di Australian International School Singapore tahun 2012-2014 dan Academy of Art University jurusan multimedia tahun 2015-2019. 2. Adamas Belva Syah Devara Belva merupakan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) sekaligus Co-Founder perusahaan rintisan dan aplikasi Ruangguru.

Putri Tanjung, Anak Chairul Tanjung yang Ditunjuk Jadi Staf Khusus Presiden

Anak pengusaha Chairul Tanjung, Putri Tanjung, ditunjuk Presiden Joko Widodo sebagai Staf Khusus Presiden. Pengumuman penunjukan Putri disampaikan oleh Jokowi di Kompleks Istana Kepresidenan, Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019). “Putri Indahsari Tanjung, masih sangat muda, umur 23 tahun,” ujar Jokowi saat memperkenalkan Putri. “Jebolan Academy of Art San Francisco, founder dan CEO Creativepreneur, Chief business of Creative,” ucap Jokowi.

Putri Tanjung memiliki nama lengkap Putri Indahsari Tanjung. Ia merupakan anak pertama Chairul Tanjung dari dua bersaudara. Dara kelahiran Jakarta, 22 September 1996, ini menjalani kuliah di Academy of Arts, San Francisco, Amerika Serikat. Kini Putri memiliki event organizer (EO) bernama Creativepreneur Event Creator. Melalui EO yang ia miliki, Putri kerap membuat acara yang bertemakan anak muda dan kewirausahaan dengan konsep khas milenial.

Selain mengurus EO miliknya, Putri juga aktif menjadi pembicara di sejumlah acara yang bertemakan anak muda dan kewirausahaan. Putri juga aktif terlibat dalam berbagai kampanye sosial yang bertujuan memberdayakan anak muda Indonesia untuk bergerak di bidang wirausaha.


2 | Adamas Belva Syah Devara

Belva merupakan salah satu dari 30 pengusaha muda berusia 30 tahun yang paling berpengaruh di Asia versi majalah Forbes. Sosok Belva pada 2007 pernah mendapatkan beasiswa penuh dari Pemerintah Singapura untuk mengenyam pendidikan di Nanyang Technological University.

Ia menempuh pendidikan di Nanyang dan mendapatkan gelar ganda di bidang bisnis dan ilmu komputer. Selama di Nanyang, ia pernah masuk ke dalam Double Deans List sebagai salah satu dari 5 persen mahasiswa berprestasi tinggi selama tiga tahun. Selain itu, ia pernah menyabet tiga medali emas, yakni:

  • Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal yang merupakan penghargaan paling bergengsi di level universitas karena selalu mendapat peringkat pertama di bidang akademik selama mengenyam pendidikan.
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Gold Medal, yakni penghargaan bagi mahasiswa dengan IPK tertinggi di bidang ilmu komputer.
  • Accenture Gold Medal yang merupakan penghargaan tertinggi bagi peraih IPK tertinggi di bidang bisnis.

Pada 2013, Belva melanjutkan pendidikan master dengan mengambil gelar double degree di Stanford University. Di sana ia mengambil gelar master administrasi bisnis. Sedangkan di Harvard University ia mendapat gelar master administrasi publik. Belva juga pernah tercatat sebagai mahasiswa tamu di Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, dan Harvard Medical School.

Belva Syah Devara, CEO Ruangguru yang Ditunjuk Jadi Stafsus Presiden

Presiden Joko Widodo menunjuk Adamas Belva Syah Devara sebagai satu dari 12 staf khusus presiden. Belva merupakan Chief Executive Officer sekaligus Co-Founder perusahaan rintisan dan aplikasi Ruangguru. Melansir laman jejaring professional, LinkedIn, Belva menjadi salah satu dari 30 pengusaha muda berusia di bawah 30 tahun paling berpengaruh di Asia versi majalah Forbes.

Kepiawaiannya dalam membangun bisnis dilatarbelakangi perjalanan akademisnya yang moncer. Pada 2007, ia mendapatkan beasiswa penuh dari Pemerintah Singapura untuk mengenyam pendidikan di Nanyang Technological University. Di NTU, ia berkesempatan untuk mendapatkan gelar ganda, yaitu di bidang bisnis dan ilmu komputer. Berbagai prestasi pun diraihnya.

Ia masuk ke dalam Double Dean’s List sebagai salah satu dari 5 persen mahasiswa berprestasi tinggi, selama tiga tahun. Tak hanya itu, ia juga pernah menyabet tiga medali emas, yaitu Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, penghargaan paling bergengsi pada level universitas yang diperoleh karena selalu menduduki peringkat pertama di bidang akademik selama mengenyam pendidikan.

Kemudian, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Gold Medal, yakni penghargaan bagi mahasiswa yang memperoleh indeks prestasi kumulatif tertinggi di bidang ilmu computer dan Accenture Gold Medal, yakni penghargaan tertinggi bagi peraih IPK tertinggi di bidang bisnis. Pada 2013, ia melanjutkan pendidikan masternya dengan mengambil gelar double degree di Stanford University dan Harvard University. Di Stanford, ia mengambil gelar master administrasi bisnis, sedangkan di Harvard mengambil gelar master administrasi publik.

Karena kepandaiannya, ia juga tercatat sebagai mahasiswa tamu di Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, dan Harvard Medical School.

Pengalaman di ring satu kekuasaan negeri ini pun sebenarnya juga bukanlah hal yang baru untuknya. Pada 2011, ia pernah magang di Istana Kepresidenan, tepatnya pada Unit Kerja Presiden bidang Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Pembangunan (UKP4), unit kerja yang dibubarkan Presiden Joko Widodo dan bermetamorfosis menjadi Kantor Staf Kepresidenan (KSP).

Saat itu, ia menyusun draf konsep aplikasi Layanan Aspirasi dan Pengaduan Online Rakyat (LAPOR).


3 | Ayu Kartika Dewi

Ayu merupakan staf presiden yang selama ini aktif mengampanyekan nilai toleransi dan keberagaman. Tahun 2010, Ayu pernah mengabdi di lembaga Indonesia Mengajar dan mendapat tugas mengabdi di Desa Papaloang, Halmahera Selatan, Maluku Utara.

Di sanalah ia kemudian tergerak untuk meningkatkan perhatiannya pada isu toleransi dan keberagaman. Ayu pernah mengikuti pertukaran pelajar di Singapore Management University pada 2004. Ia juga menyelesaikan pendidikannya di Fakultas Ekonomi Universitas Airlangga tahun 2000-2005 dan lulus dengan status cum laude. Kemudian, ia melanjutkan pendidikan di Duke University dan mendapatkan gelar Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Ayu Kartika Dewi, Pejuang Toleransi dan Keberagaman yang Jadi Stafsus Presiden

Perjalanan panjang Ayu Kartika Dewi dalam mengampanyekan nilai toleransi dan keberagaman mengantarkannya menduduki posisi staf khusus Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi). Jebolan Fakultas Ekonomi Universitas Airlangga ini memiliki semangat dan komitmen tinggi dalam menggelorakan nilai toleransi dan keberagaman di penjuru Nusantara.

Komitmen tersebut mulai terbangun pada saat Ayu mengawali pengabdiannya bersama lembaga Indonesia Mengajar. Lembaga nirlaba ini fokus mencetak dan mengirimkan kawula muda sebagai pengajar SD di daerah-daerah terpencil.

Pada 2010, Ayu mendapatkan tugas untuk mengajar di salah satu SD yang berada di Desa Papaloang, Halmahera Selatan, Maluku Utara. Kehadiran Ayu di Desa Papaloang ternyata membawanya bersentuhan dengan bayang-bayang permasalahan sosial yang terjadi di lingkungan setempat. Salah satu anak didiknya masih mengalami traumatik dengan kerusuhan antar-dua kelompok agama yang terjadi di Ambon pada 1999.

Padahal, saat Ayu melawat ke Maluku, keadaan sudah damai dan dua kelompok yang terlibat konflik sudah berikrar damai. Namun, ketakutan akan akan bayang-bayang masa kelam itu justru masih membuntuti anak didiknya. “Suatu ketika seorang murid datang dan bilang, ‘Bu Ayu kita harus hati-hati, kerusuhan su dekat.’

Terus saya tanya, ‘Memang kerusuhannya di mana?’ ‘Di Ambon ibu, kita harus hati-hati.’” ujar Ayu kepada Magdelene.co yang dilansir aminef_dot_or_dot_id “Padahal dengan kapal laut saja butuh waktu dua hari dari Maluku Utara untuk sampai ke Ambon,” kata perempuan berjilbab tersebut.

Adegan akan ketakutan muridnya ini justru menjadi pelecut. Ia menyadari bahwa keberagaman di Indonesia merupakan kekayaan tersendiri. Tak ayal, Ayu pun semakin perhatian tehadap isu toleransi dan keberagaman. Ia pun mencetuskan Program Seribu Anak Bangsa Merantau untuk Kembali (SabangMerauke).

Program ini merupakan upaya Ayu menggelorakan nilai keberagaman, toleransi, hingga cakrawal ilmu pengetahuan antar-pelajar di Indonesia. Para pesertanya adalah pelajar tingkat SMP. Mereka ditugaskan untuk menyatu bersama keluarga dan berinteraksi dengan teman yang berbeda.

Setelah tugas tersebut selesai dan kembali ke masing-masing daerahnya, Ayu mendelegasikan mereka sebagai duta perdamainan di daerah asalnya. Bertahun-tahun mahasiswa lulusan pascasarjana Duke University, Amerika Serikat ini mengomandoi program tersebut. Sudah ribuan pelajar ia kirimkan ke berbagai daerah guna merajut nilai keberagaman dan toleransi.

Sebaliknya, apa yang dilakukannya justru membuat Ayu seolah tak percaya. Bahwa komitmennya menyebarkan nilai keberagaman dan toleransi terhadap kelompok agama yang berbeda. Ayu mengatakan, dedikasi anak didiknya selalu berangkat dari prasangka terhadap agama maupun suku yang berbeda. Ketakutan ini dapat menegaskan bahwa fakta intoleransi di Indonesia masih ada.

Usaha Ayu menyebarkan nilai keberagaman dan toleransi tak berhenti sampai di situ. Merebaknya isu konservatisme dan semakin menggeliatnya intoleransi yang terjadi pada anak muda menggerakan Ayu melanjutkan pengelanannya.

Ia lantas mendirikan Milenial Islami yang memanfaatkan media sosial (medsos) untuk menggaunhkan Islam yang moderat. Para anggota Milenial Islami juga langsung turun ke lapangan dengan mendatangi universitas hingga kampus di penjuru negeri.

Apa yang dilakukan Ayu nampak terlihat betapa besar perhatiannya kepada dunia pendidikan di Indonesia. Menurut dia, terjadi permasalahan sosial merupakan implikasi terjadinya ketimpangan pendidikan di Indonesia. Permasalahan itulah yang digencarkan Ayu seiring masih adanya tantangan yang dihadapinya.

Dari SabangMerauke dan Milenial Islami, dapat memperlihatkan betapa gigihnya Ayu mencetak pemuda yang berpikir kritis dan saling menghargai sebagai sesama manusia. “Untuk merangkul generasi muda tidak cukup dengan membuat acara-acara yang hanya menjual embel-embel Milenial, tetapi juga harus mendengarkan aspirasi mereka secara serius,” kata Ayu.


4 | Angkie Yudistia

Angkie merupakan satu-satunya staf presiden yang menyandang disabilitas. Wanita berusia 32 tahun ini kehilangan pendengarannya sejak usia 10 tahun. Ia merupakan lulusan SMAN 2 Bogor. Selanjutnya ia meneruskan kuliahnya di London School of Publik Relations Jakarta, serta mendapatkan gelar master di bidang Ilmu Komunikasi di perguruan tinggi yang sama.

Meski demikian, ia merupakan sosok yang berprestasi. Tahun 2008, ia pernah didapuk sebagai salah satu finalis Abang None Jakarta. Masih pada tahun yang sama, ia didapuk sebagai “The Most Fearless Female Cosmopolitan 2007”. Bersama teman-temannya, ia mendirikan Thisable Enterprise untuk membantu memberdayakan mereka yang memiliki keterbatasan. Ia bekerja sama dengan Gojek mempekerjakan orang disabilitas di Go-Auto dan Go-Glam.

Angkie Yudistia, Penyandang Tunarungu Berprestasi yang Jadi Staf Khusus Presiden

Presiden Joko Widodo menunjuk Angkie Yudistia sebagai salah satu staf khusus presiden. Wanita berusia 32 tahun ini dikenal sebagai penyandang disabilitas berpengaruh di Indonesia.

Sejak usia 10 tahun, Angkie kehilangan pendengarannya. Dugaan sementara, hal itu tidak terlepas dari konsumsi obat-obatan antibiotik saat ia mengidap penyakit malaria. “Awalnya aku enggak tahu (ada gangguan pendengaran), sampai lingkungan sekitar bilang sudah manggil-manggil, tetapi aku enggak dengar, enggak nengok,” cerita Angkie saat ditemui Kompas.com di Gedung Kementerian Kesehatan, Jakarta, 1 Maret 2017.

Mengidap keterbatasan pendengaran saat remaja bukanlah hal yang mudah untuk Angkie. Ia kerap merasa tertekan dan kurang percaya diri. Setidaknya, butuh waktu 10 tahun bagi penulis buku Perempuan Tunarungu, Menembus Batas itu untuk bangkit.

Lulus dari SMAN 2 Bogor, Angkie kemudian melanjutkan kuliah Jurusan Ilmu Komunikasi di London School of Public Relations Jakarta. Kehidupan di kampus itulah yang kemudian sedikit demi sedikit mengubah pola pikirannya. Ia mulai sadar, bila ia tidak pernah menerima kekurangannya, sampai kapan pun ia tak akan pernah menikmati hidupnya.

“Dosenku bilang, kamu jujur sama diri kamu sendiri. Kalau kamu sudah jujur sama diri sendiri dan jujur sama orang lain, orang lain akan mengapresiasi kejujuran kita. Jadi benar, ketika aku jujur, mereka jadi sangat bantu,” ucap Angkie.

Pada 2008, ia didapuk menjadi salah satu finalis Abang None Jakarta. Masih pada tahun yang sama, ia didapuk sebagai “The Most Fearless Female Cosmopolitan 2008”.

Setelah itu, Angkie mendirikan Thisable Enterprise bersama rekan-rekannya untuk membantu memberdayakan mereka yang memiliki keterbatasan. Sulitnya memperoleh pekerjaan menjadi alasan ia mendirikan Thisable Enterprise.

Ia kemudian bekerja sama dengan Gojek Indonesia untuk mempekerjakan orang-orang dengan disabilitas di Go-Auto dan Go-Glam. Selain itu, para penyandang disabilitas didukung untuk mengembangkan ide kreatif untuk membuat suatu produk, salah satunya yang sudah ada saat ini adalah membuat produk kecantikan.

“Aku percaya, tuli itu juga SDM milik negara, aset negara, jadi kita juga memiliki hak,” kata Angkie.


5 | Gracia Billy Yosaphat Membrasar

Billy merupakan satu-satunya milenial dari tanah Papua yang didapuk sebagai salah satu staf khusus Presiden Jokowi. Billy merupakan anak dari seorang ayah yang berprofesi sebagai guru dan ibunya seorang penjual kue. Billy menempuh pendidikan SMA di Jayapura dari Pemerintah Provinsi Papua. Selanjutnya, ia mendapatkan beasiswa afirmasi dari pemerintah dan diterima di Fakultas Teknik Pertambangan dan Perminyakan ITB.

Ia juga pernah menempuh pendidikan di University of London, dan merupakan lulusan Australian National University (ANU). Kini, ia juga tengah menempuh pendidikan di University of Oxford. Billy pernah bekerja di perusahaan minyak dan gas asal Inggris. Namun, kemudian ia lebih memilih untuk mengurus Kitong Bisa, yayasan yang fokus mengurusi pendidikan anak-anak Papua.

Billy Papua, Mahasiswa Oxford Anak Penjual Kue yang Jadi Stafsus Jokowi

Sosok milenial asal tanah Papua, Gracia Billy Yosaphat Membrasar, dipercaya menjadi salah satu staf khusus presiden. Nama pemuda yang akrab disapa Billy Papua itu disebut Presiden Joko Widodo ketika mengumumkan komposisi staf khususnya di Istana Negara, Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019) sore.

“Billy adalah putra tanah Papua, lulusan ANU (Australian National University) dan sekarang, sebentar lagi, selesai di Oxford. Oktober akan masuk ke Harvard untuk S3-nya,” ujar Presiden di beranda Istana Negara, Jakarta. “Billy adalah talenta hebat tanah Papua yang kita harapkan ke depan berkontribusi dengan gagasan positif,” lanjut dia.

Anak penjual kue

Billy lahir di Serui, Kepulauan Yapen, Papua. Ia lahir dari keluarga kurang mampu. Sang ayah berprofesi sebagai guru, sedangkan sang ibu membantu ekonomi keluarga dengan menjual kue. Tak jarang, Billy kecil ikut membantu sang ibu.

“Subuh ibu bikin kue, paginya ibu pergi ke pasar jualan. Kami ke sekolah sambil bawa kue untuk dijual,” kenang Billy, sebagaimana dilansir dari Antara.

Rumah Billy kecil tak dialiri listrik. Pelita pun jadi teman ketekunan Billy melahap buku-buku pelajaran. Meski begitu, keterbatasan tidak membuat Billy jatuh. Ia tetap belajar dengan tekun dan buahnya mulai terlihat ketika ia lulus SMP.

Billy mendapatkan beasiswa menempuh pendidikan SMA di Jayapura dari Pemerintah Provinsi Papua. Saat itu, hanya lulusan terbaik dari sembilan kabupaten yang mendapat beasiswa favorit di kota. Billy Papua adalah salah satunya.

Otak cemerlang, ketekunan, serta doa dan usaha orangtua membawa Billy kembali mendapat beasiswa afirmasi dari pemerintah. Ia diterima di Fakultas Teknik Pertambangan dan Perminyakan ITB. Hobi menyanyi Billy semasa kecil dilakoninya kembali demi menutup biaya hidup. Ia benyanyi di mana saja. Di acara pernikahan, di kafe, bahkan mengamen di jalan-jalan.

Billy pernah diundang untuk magang oleh Pemerintah Amerika Serikat dan berbicara di depan State Department AS. Dalam kunjungannya ke Gedung Putih, pemuda penggemar Ir Soekarno ini bertemu dan berjabat tangan dengan Barrack Obama.

Meninggalkan gengsi

Setelah lulus kuliah, Billy mendapatkan pekerjaan bergengsi di salah satu perusahaan minyak dan gas asal Inggris. Namun, hatinya gelisah. Gajinya yang fantastis tidak membuat Billy bahagia. Setelah berpikir panjang, ia meninggalkan segala gengsi yang diraih.

Ia melepaskan jabatannya di perusahaan itu dan fokus mengurus “Kitong Bisa”, yayasan yang memfokuskan diri pada persoalan pendidikan anak-anak Papua. Kitong Bisa saat ini mengoperasikan sembilan pusat pendidikan di Papua dan Papua Barat. Jumlah relawannya sebanyak 158 yang mengajar sekitar 1.100 anak.

Hebatnya, dana yayasan ini sebagian besar bersumber dari dua anak perusahaan, yakni Kitong Bisa Consulting dan Kitong Bisa Enterprise. Billy mengakui, pembangunan sumber daya manusia di Papua tidak selesai dalam waktu dua atau tiga tahun saja. Namun, ia yakin apa yang dikerjakannya saat ini adalah salah satu persiapan loncatan peningkatan kualitas SDM Papua untuk masa depan.

Aktivitasnya di Yayasan Kitong Bisa ini pula membawa Billy menempuh pendidikan lanjutan dengan beasiswa, yakni di Australian National University (ANU) dan Oxford University di Inggris.


6 | Andi Taufan Garuda Putra

Sosok Andi Putra diperkenalkan Joko Widodo sebagai sosok pemuda berusia 32 tahun yang banyak meraih penghargaan atas inovasinya, termasuk atas kepeduliannya terhadap sektor UMKM. Andi merupakan founder sekaligus CEO Amartha Mikro Fintek, startup yang bergerak di bidang keuangan mikro.

Andi pernah menempuh pendidikan S1 di Manajemen Bisnis Administrasi Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) pada 2004-2007. Selain itu, ia pernah mengikuti Summer Academy di Frankfurt School of Finance and Management pada 2013. Ia juga mengambil pendidikan master di bidang administrasi publik di Harvard Kennedy Scool pada 2015-2016. Andi pernah tercatat pula menjadi konsultan bisnis di IBM Indonesia pada Januari 2008-Juli 2009.

Andi Taufan, Milenial Peduli UMKM di Desa yang jadi Stafsus Jokowi

Presiden Joko Widodo menunjuk Andi Taufan Garuda Putra sebagai salah satu staf khusus barunya. Presiden memperkenalkan Andi beserta sejumlah stafsus barunya di beranda Istana Negara, Jakarta Kamis (21/11/2019) sore. “Umur 32 tahun. Banyak meraih penghargaan atas inovasinya. Termasuk atas kepeduliannya terhadap sektor UMKM,” ujar Jokowi.

Ia juga mengaku, kenal dengan Andi Taufan ketika menyentuh kebijakan mengenei fintech. Selama ini, publik mengenalnya sebagai founder sekaligus CEO Amartha Mikro Fintek. Amartha Mikro Fintek merupakan start up yang bergerak di bidang keuangan mikro.

Ia merupakan pionir teknologi finansial peer to peer (p2p) lending yang menyalurkan pendanaan modal usaha mikro kepada kaum perempuan wirausaha di pedesaan. Dikutip dari pemberitaan Kompas.com pada 17 Desember 2018, latar belakang Andi mendirikan Amartha berawal dari masih adanya kesenjangan sosial di masyarakat Indonesia.

Lembaga ini resmi didirikan pada 2010. Saat itu, Amartha mempunyai misi untuk meningkatkan kesejahteraan masyarakat Indonesia, khususnya yang tinggal di pedesaan. Amartha ingin menghubungkan pelaku usaha di pedesaan yang kesulitan mendapatkan modal usaha. Perusahaanya ini tercatat telah menyalurkan pinjaman mencapai Rp 970 miliar kepada perempuan pelaku usaha mikro di wilayah pedesaan.

Jumlah ini merupakan akumulasi penyaluran sejak 2016 hingga 2019. Sementara itu, dikutip dari laman Linkedin milik Andi, tercantum informasi latar belakang pendidikannya di bidang bisnis dan manajemen keuangan. Andi merupakan alumni Manajemen Bisnis Administrasi Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) pada 2007.

Selain itu, dia pernah menempuh pendidikan keuangan di Frankfurt School of Finance and Management pada 2013. Terakhir, Andi menempuh pendidikan di master bidang administrasi publik di Harvard Kennedy School pada 2015-2016. Andi juga sempat menjadi konsultan bisnis di IBM Indonesia pada Januari 2008-Juli 2009.


7 | Aminudin Ma’ruf

Aminudin merupakan mantan Ketua Umum Pengurus Besar Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia (PMII) periode 2014-2016. Ia juga sempat menjabat sebagai sekretaris jenderal solidaritas ulama muda Jokowi (Samawi).

Ia menyelesaikan pendidikan S1 di Universitas Negeri Jakarta, kemudian melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Trisakti.

Jadi Stafsus Jokowi, Siapa Aminuddin Ma’ruf?

Presiden Joko Widodo menunjuk Aminuddin Ma’ruf sebagai staf khusus presiden. Bersama jajaran stafsus lainnya, Aminuddin diperkenalkan Jokowi di teras Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019) sore.

Siapa Aminuddin Ma’ruf? Aminuddin adalah mantan Ketua Umum Pengurus Besar Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia (PMII). Ia menjabat untuk periode 2014-2016. Aminuddin yang diusung kader PMII cabang Jakarta Timur terpilih memimpin PMII dalam Kongres di Jambi yang berlangsung 30 Mei sampai 10 Juni 2014.

Mantan Ketua PMII Aminuddin Maruf, diperkenalkan Presiden Joko Widodo sebagai staf khusus di beranda belakang Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Kamis (21/11/2019). Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) mengenalkan 7 pemuda-pemudi yang diangkat menjadi staf khusus untuk periode 2019-2024. Tujuh milenial tersebut, dipilih oleh Jokowi dengan berbagai pertimbangan. SP/Joanito De Saojoao.

Aminuddin juga sempat menjabat sebagai sekretaris jenderal solidaritas ulama muda Jokowi (Samawi). Amin menyelesaikan S1 di Universitas Negeri Jakarta. Laki-laki kelahiran Karawang, Jawa Barat ini kemudian melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Trisakti.

Nagai Rina

Nagai Rina is a former member of G☆Girls and BLESS. She joined G☆Girls on March 12, 2013, and then graduated from BLESS in January 2014.

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  • Name: Nagai Rina (永井里菜)
  • Nickname: Rinakkusu (りなっくす)
  • Birthday: October 19, 1992 (age 27)
  • Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
  • Zodiac: Libra Libra
  • Height: 155cm
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Aya Kawasaki

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  • Name: Aya Kawasaki
  • Name in Native Language: 川崎あや (Japanese)
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Family Name: Kawasaki
  • Date of Birth: 3 January 1991
  • Place of Birth: Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Native Language: Japanese
  • Languages Spoken: Japanese
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  • Name in Kana: かわさき あや
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 167 cm
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Ai Okawa ( (大川藍 Ōkawa Ai), born July 17, 1993) is a Japanese idol, fashion model, actress and a former member of female idol group Idoling!!!.

Life and Career

Ai Okawa was born on July 17, 1993, in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan. She is the youngest of three children; she has two older brothers. Okawa joined idoling!!! as a third-generation member in 2009 and quickly established herself as one of the most popular members of Idoling!!!. She is known as an active participant of sports event within the group, especially sumo and badminton tournament. In 2012, she made her modeling debut for an influential Japanese fashion magazine JJ. She has walked the runway at Tokyo Girls Collection, Kobe Collection, Kansai Collection, Tokyo Runway and Girls Award. In April 2015, Okawa became the Saturday weather presenter for “Going! Sports & News” on Nippon Television Network.

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Mai Shiraishi

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Mai Shiraishi (白石 麻衣 Shiraishi Mai, born August 20, 1992 in Gunma) is a Japanese singer, model and actress who is a member of the Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46.

Career

After graduating from high school, Shiraishi attended music college as she desired to be a singer. Later on, one of her teachers persuaded her to audition for Nogizaka46.

Shiraishi’s singing career started when she was accepted as one of the first generation members of AKB48’s official rival group, Nogizaka46, on 21 August 2011. She was chosen as one of the members performing on the group’s debut single “Guruguru Curtain” on 22 February 2012. When Nogizaka46 released their second single “Oide Shampoo”, she was once again chosen to perform. Her career as a model started when she participated in Girls Award 2012 Autumn/Winter alongside former Nogizaka46 bandmate Nanase Nishino.

Shiraishi achieved further popularity when she appeared on the 1 January 2013 episode of Count Down TVand the 16 March 2013 episode of Uma Zuki! Shiraishi has been a permanent presenter on the latter since the 5 January 2013 episodeand Bachi Bachi Elekiteru since the 16 April 2013 episode.

She became the youngest model for women’s fashion magazine Ray, issued by Shufonotomo, since 23 March 2013.

Shiraishi was chosen as the center position in Nogizaka46 for their sixth single “Girl’s Rule”, released on 3 July 2013. She took over the center position from Rina Ikoma.

On 17 December 2014, Shiraishi held an event for her first photo book, Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai. Shiraishi is the first Nogizaka46 member to publish a solo photo book. “I’m happy to be the first one,” she said.Her second photobook, Mai Style, was published on January 23rd, 2015.It ranked fourth on the Oricon general book ranking and first in the photobook category selling 19,000 copies in the first week.

In September 2016, Shiraishi played a supporting role in the film Ushijima the Loan Shark 3.

On February 7th, 2017, her third solo photo book, Passport, was published. It was reprinted twenty times, and the total printing volume exceeded 310,000 copies until June 2018. Moreover, in the first half of the year 2018, she made the highest number of appearances in television commercials among any other tarento in Japan.

Shiraishi was in charge of the center position for Nogizaka46’s twentieth single “Synchronicity” which was released on 25 April 2018. It sold 1,116,852 copies in the first week.

Filmography
Television
Films
Commercials
Discography
Nogizaka46 Singles
  • “Guruguru Curtain” (22 February 2012)
    • “Aitakatta Kamoshirenai”
    • “Ushinaitakunai kara”
    • “Shiroi Kumo ni Notte”
    • “Nogizaka no Uta”
  • “Oide Shampoo” (2 May 2012)
    • “Kokoro no Kusuri”
    • “Gūzen o Iiwake ni Shite”
    • “House!”
  • “Hashire! Bicycle” (22 August 2012)
    • “Sekkachi na Katatsumuri”
    • “Hito wa Naze Hashiru no ka”
    • “Oto ga Denai Guitar”
  • “Seifuku no Mannequin” (19 December 2012)
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō”
    • “Yubi Bōenkyō: Anime version”
    • “Shibuya Blues”
  • “Kimi no Na wa Kibō” (13 March 2013)
    • “Shakiism”
    • “Romantic Ikayaki”
    • “Dekopin”
  • “Girl’s Rule” (3 July 2013)
    • “Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover”
    • “Kōmori yo”
    • “Ningen to Iu Gakki”
  • “Barette” (27 November 2013)
    • “Tsuki no Ōkisa”
    • “Watashi no Tame ni, Dareka no Tame ni”
    • “Sonna Baka na…”
  • “Kizuitara Kataomoi” (2 April 2014)
    • “Romance no Start”
    • “Toiki no Method”
    • “Kodoku Kyōdai”
  • “Natsu no Free & Easy” (9 July 2014)
    • “Nani mo Dekizu ni Soba ni Iru”
    • “Sono Saki no Deguchi”
  • “Nandome no Aozora ka?” (8 October 2014)
    • “Korogatta Kane o Narase!”
    • “Tender days”
  • “Inochi wa Utsukushii” (18 March 2015)
    • “Tachinaorichū”
  • “Taiyō Nokku” (22 July 2015)
    • “Sakanatachi no LOVE SONG”
    • “Hane no Kioku”
  • “Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru” (28 October 2015)
    • “Popipappapā”
    • “Kanashimi no Wasurekata”
  • “Harujion ga Sakukoro” (23 March 2016)
    • “Kyūshamen”
  • “Hadashi de Summer” (27 July 2016)
    • “Boku Dake no Hikari”
  • “Sayonara no Imi” (9 November 2016)
    • “Kodoku na Aozora”
Bibliography
Magazines
  • Larme, Tokuma Shoten 2012-, as an exclusive model since 2012
  • Ray, Shufunotomo 1988-, as an exclusive model since 2013
Photobooks
  • Kikan Nogizaka vol.2 Shoka (Tokyo News Service, 12 June 2014), ISBN 9784863364097
  • Seijun na Otona Shiraishi Mai (Gentosha, 10 December 2014), ISBN 9784344026711
  • Mai Style (Shufunotomo, 23 January 2015), ISBN 9784074020980
  • Passport (Kodansha, 7 February 2017), ISBN 9784063528572