A Billionaire's Bet: The Best & Brightest

Daniel Glenn

Daniel Glenn, at the age of 29, is the oldest of the Schwarzman Scholars, making the age limit cut-off by four days. Glenn left a stellar career as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit. He has been deployed to Iraq, Cuba and other hotspots around the globe, and earned a Bronze Star for his work in a mission countering ISIS. While in the Navy, Glenn also raised several thousand dollars for wounded EOD warriors by running a mile and, subsequently, a half-marathon wearing an 80-pound bomb suit.

Glenn says that he felt from a young age that he wanted to serve his country, especially being born on the 4th of July. And it was one of his former professors in Annapolis who recommended he apply to the Schwarzman Scholars program. Glenn had one of the more unusual interview experiences to get into the program; while most final candidates were flown to New York, London or Bangkok, he did his interview in full dress uniform at 11 pm via Skype from a broom closet at a base in Baghdad.

Glenn strongly believes the Scholars program was "designed to prevent Cold Wars." Adding that, "if we ever have a Cold War with China in the future…this program will be the bridges between countries and societies."

Following the program, Glenn will work in a Silicon Valley startup.

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In a fascinating new documentary, CNBC goes to China to follow a group of young super-achievers from around the world as they confront a clash of cultures, language barriers, and unexpected turns – part of a new program founded by billionaire Steve Schwarzman and aimed at grooming future leaders.

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