Thor is a powerful name, and Thor Halvorssen is a powerful man—and he uses his power for good.
Thor runs a human rights organization, based in New York, which helps human rights campaigners from third world countries promote their causes. He doesn’t see much use in protesting against the United States government when other countries routinely engage in practices that are so much worse.11)
Indeed, Thor should know. He was raised in Caracas, Venezuela. His father was a high-ranking finance official in the government, but it wasn’t long before Thor saw his father thrown in jail after he tried to make high-level government corruption public. His mother, too, suffered for her beliefs. She was once shot and wounded as she protested the increasingly authoritarian government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Today, Thor organizes a yearly Human Rights event, perhaps the biggest in the world. It’s called the Human Rights Forum and takes place once a year in Oslo, Norway, a country to which Thor traces his roots. His grandfather was a Norwegian diplomat who stood up to the Nazis and lived in exile in South America. Thor invites dissidents and Human Rights campaigners from all over the world to the Forum. Also in attendance are rich philanthropists who are receptive to helping underfunded causes.
Aside from improving Human Rights all over the world, Halvorssen is also on a quest to stay young. He routinely injects himself with Human Growth Hormone and takes a handful of pills a day, all to give him bursts of energy.
It appears to be working, as he’s got bursts of energy in spades. He runs a Hollywood production company that helps produce Human Rights conscious films. He’s also a perpetual thorn in the side of North Korea.
The country, known as the Hermit Kingdom, especially draws Halvorssen’s ire. It’s been closed off to the outside world for the better part of 70 years, and now possesses a nuclear arsenal. All this, while its citizenry lives in awful conditions, many even dying of starvation. Halvorssen organizes hackathons against the North Korean regime and smuggles in contraband.