Omar Amanat

About Omar Amanat

Omar Amanat is a member of the Gold Philanthropists Circle, using his financial and entrepreneurial expertise to generate greater understanding of technological innovation and intercultural harmony. Fortune Magazine named Mr. Amanat one of Wall Streetís "Top Ten Most Influential Technologists" for his contributions as a pioneer of new stock exchange technology. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business before teaming up with Philip Berber, the founder of CyberTrader, to develop a trading platform that quickly sold to Charles Schwab for $488 million.

Mr. Amanatís innovative electronic brokerage company, Tradescape, is among his most noteworthy achievements. Tradescape was the first of its kind to offer investors direct connections with all nine Electronic Communications Networks and alternative stock exchange markets. It was deemed one of the top 50 privately owned companies in America until Mr. Amanat sold it to E*Trade for $280 million, all before the age of 29.

However, Omar Amanatís has many interests beyond technology. As a Muslim living in a post-9/11 world, he has become committed to exploring the role of media images in international relations. He was the premier financier for Bridges TV, the first American network emphasizing empathy and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim cultures. This led to further opportunities in the entertainment field, and Mr. Amanat has since founded or financed several film production/distribution companies, one of which has plans to release over twenty films in the next five years. He is also a board member of a new $1 billion Hollywood production company.

As a member of the Gold Philanthropists Circle, Mr. Amanat devotes much of his time to humanitarian and community causes. He has served as Vice Chairman the Board of an international relief fund for the poor called the Acumen Fund, which has generated high praise as a revolutionary force in global philanthropy. He is involved with the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC, as well as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for Human Rights Watch and Malaria No More. Omar Amanatís significant contributions span across many diverse avenues, from technological trading to culturally progressive television, and even global humanitarian aid.