Omar Amanat: From Successful Businessman to Philanthropist

Omar Amanat is a prominent technologist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and entertainment financier. By age 29, he had experienced more than most people do in a lifetime: he survived the World Trade Center crash, the dot-com crash, and successfully sold his company, Tradescape, for $280 million.

After excelling at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, Mr. Amanat developed a stock trading platform with CyberTrader founder Philip Berber, which was acquired by Charles Schwab in 2000 for $488 million. Following these events, Mr. Amanat founded his own company, Tradescape, the first of its kind to provide investors direct connectivity to exchange networks. The Tradescape Corporation was processing over 10% of NASDAQ’s daily trading volume and, before its sale in 2002, was deemed one of the top 50 private companies in the United States.

Mr. Amanat was named one of Wall Street’s “Top 10 Most Influential Technologists” by Fortune Magazine for his part in developing several important innovations in the electronic brokerage industry. However, his contributions extend beyond technology and shrewd business know-how. He actively serves as a board member for the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the Rubin Museum of Art (NY). He is on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and Malaria No More. Mr. Amanat also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Acumen Fund, a progressive capital fund for the poor that was described by Barron’s as one of the five charities changing the face of global philanthropy. A gifted public speaker, Mr. Amanat is a noted member of the Global Philanthropists Circle.

Mr. Amanat is also creating important developments in media. He is proud to be the premier financier for Bridges TV, the first American station dedicated to social empathy between Muslim and non-Muslim societies. He has also founded and financed several production and distribution companies, with plans to create over twenty feature films in the next five years, and has a majority partnership with a new $1 billion Hollywood production studio.

Omar Amanat has been and will continue to be a vital player in technological and social evolution.