We are proud to announce that Las Vegas Sands’ very own Biar Atem has been included in Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 list. Fortune found more than 50 people who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery, charity, ingenuity, or selflessness- transforming their communities in the process.
Biar was one of the thousands of “Lost Boys” from the South Sudan who were forced to abandon their homes when war threatened their very lives. After spending more than 14 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, Biar found a home in the United States. He ended up in Las Vegas in 2001 and took a job as a janitor at The Venetian. Since then, he has made the most of his new life by earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as an MBA and is currently an auditor for Las Vegas Sands. Biar’s personal success, however, did not prevent him from remembering where he came from. He recently established the nonprofit South Sudan Center of America in order to assist the South Sudanese community through dialogue, education, and youth-focused programs that promote knowledge, hope and compassion.
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