Billions In Change / August 18, 2016
Billions in Change Free Electric August 2016 Update
I know many of you are eager to know when the Free Electric bike will be available, and I appreciate your patience thus far. I’m pleased to say that we received some very useful feedback from the pilot study in India, and we are making a number of modifications to the bike, which I outline later in this letter.
Billions In Change / May 18, 2016
Billions in Change Free Electric India Pilot May 2016 Update
The Free Electric pilot in India is now two months old, and the response has been incredible.
Forbes.com / May 10, 2016
5-Hour Energy Drink Founder Wants To Make Fake Rain
Bhargava, who single-handedly changed impulse buying in convenience stores by with his 5-Hour Energy Drink, is now dedicating his time to the Rain Maker, a water distilling system for helping ameliorate the world’s looming water crisis.
Opportunity Lives / April 8, 2016
Billions in Change Fights Poverty with Inventions
How do you change the world? Is foreign aid the most effective tool, or should charities funded by millions of small donors lead the way?
Billions in Change / March 22, 2016
Free Electric March 2016 Update
This is a quick update about our production plans for Free Electric. I’m sure you have many questions, and hopefully this will answer some of those.
GOOD / March 16, 2016
What Really Makes Someone a Good Citizen?
This spring, we’re celebrating innovators who are tackling pressing global issues. We call them the GOOD 100. In the spirit of solidarity, we’re also rolling out insights and personal stories from a select list of influential global citizens working in alliance with the world at large. We’ll be highlighting GOOD Citizens once a week.
March 4, 2016
Free Electric Bikes Shipping to India for Pilot Testing
An update on our progress with manufacturing and distributing Free Electric. Our team at Stage 2 has been working tirelessly on our first shipment of 25 Free Electric bikes, which are now on their way to India.
FoxNews.com / February 24, 2016
Ambitious 'Free Electric' bike project brings energy to poverty-stricken areas
The CEO of the company behind the popular 5-hour Energy drink is spearheading an ambitious project to power homes in poverty-stricken areas using stationary bikes.
Entrepreneur India / February 1, 2016
Following the footsteps of personalities like Bill Gates and Michael Dell donating money to charitable causes, Manoj Bhargava, whose net worth is estimated at $4 billion, has pledged 99 per cent of his fortune to finding solutions that could save the world and his focus is on India.
Pough Keepsie Journal / January 7, 2016
Exercise bikes create electricity
Many people often complain about not having enough time to exercise. But what if exercising for one hour could power your home for twenty-four hours? Would that be enough motivation?
Energy Harvesting Journal / December 28, 2015
Free electricity through pedal power
Billions in Change, founded by billionaire Manoj Bhargava, aims to save the world by creating and implementing solutions to the most basic global problems - water, energy and health. Doing so will raise billions of people out of poverty and improve the lives of everyone.
Global Asian Times / December 21, 2015
Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist serves humanity with innovation
Manoj Bhargava is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of Living Essentials®. Born in Lucknow, India, Bhargava moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 14. Bhargava grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Princeton University for one year before dropping out and focusing the remainder of his education on spiritual studies in India and the United States.
Business Standard / December 5, 2015
Manoj Bhargava: Lucknow boy
Indian-born American billionaire Manoj Bhargava, the man behind 5-hour Energy drink, is a mix of tradition and modernity
The Times of India / December 3, 2015
Power-cycle may light up U’khand hill villages
US-based billionaire philanthropist Manoj Bhargava on Thursday demonstrated his stationary electricity-generation bicycle at CM Harish Rawat's Beejapur residence. Top government officials, including some from the state power department, were present with the CM during the demonstration.
The Statesman / December 1, 2015
Philanthropist innovates to produce electricity from stationary cycles
Even though Uttarakhand is a power surplus state,there is no electricity in the rural areas. There, schools and households manage day-to-day affairs without power. "For such people in 50 countries in Asia and Africa, the 'Free Electric,' a stationary bicycle that can generate electricity will be helpful," said Indian-American billionaire philanthropist, Manoj Bhargava.
Catch News / December 1, 2015
Robin Hood of tech? This Indian-born billionaire is giving 99% of his wealth to innovators
Billionaires funding research into the issues that plague the world's poor is no longer a new phenomena; Bill Gates may be the best-known of the lot but he's hardly alone.
Business Standard / November 28, 2015
NRI billionaire Bhargava unveils power-generating bicycle
Non-resident Indian (NRI) billionaire and philanthropist Manoj Bhargava on Friday revealed the centrepiece of his affordable and clean energy project, an electricity-generating hybrid bicycle called ‘Free Electric’.
The Indian Express / November 28, 2015
Free Electric, the bicycle that wants to fix India’s power problem
A bicycle that produces electricity when pedalled might sound like an idea straight out of science fiction, but billionaire philanthropist Manoj Bhargava would disagree. Bhargava who showed off a prototype of his ‘electricity-creating cycle,’ plans to launch the same in India by March 2016.
The Times of India / November 28, 2015
Pedal for free power, PIO shows how
Pedal a stationary cycle for one hour and run two lights and a fan all day without grid electricity. American billionaire Manoj Bhargava claims he has the answer to India's rural electrification challenge, and he showed it at an event in Delhi on Friday.
The Huffington Post India / November 27, 2015
Manoj Bhargava, Energy-Drink Billionaire, Wants India To Pedal To The Light
Manoj Bhargava, the Indian-American billionaire associated with energy-drink 5-Hour ENERGY® has just launched the first of a slew of devices, which he claims will revolutionise the energy needs of the world.
CNBC Street Signs / November 25, 2015
The idea behind cycling for free electricity
Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO of Living Essentials, explains how his Free Electric bikes help to power whole households on CNBC Street Signs with host Martin Soong.
First Post (India) / November 21, 2015
Billions in Change: Who is Manoj Bhargava and just how is 'free electricity' coming?
Whether you caught a glimpse of it while flicking through the morning papers, walking past the newsstand, or while looking over at a fellow commuter on the train with his/her head buried in the newspaper, it’s unlikely you missed this advertisement today.
Bicycling / November 20, 2015
The 5-Hour Energy of Bikes
CEO of 5-hour Energy creates a bike that can produce 24 hours of power when ridden for one hour
The Kim Komando Show / November 15, 2015
Ride this bike for an hour, get electricity for a day
One of the greatest advances in technology is being able to harness the power of renewable resources. After all, solar panels are becoming more common, cars are going electric, and we could soon be generating all of our electricity ourselves.
Global Construction Review / November 13, 2015
Indian entrepreneur aims to bring cycle power to homes
The creator of a sports drink called “5-Hour Energy” has decided to invest his $4bn fortune in bringing innovative solutions to the poor of India.
Medical Daily / November 13, 2015
Billionaire's Bike-Powered Generator Turns One Hour Of Riding Into 24 Hours Of Electricity For Small Village
Exercise is important. In order to avoid the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, health experts suggest at least 60 minutes of exercise each and every day to stay healthy.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy / November 12, 2015
Energy-Drink Billionaire Pledges to Give Away Fortune
The creator of a 5-hour Energy drinks has publicly committed to donating 99 percent of his estimated $4 billion fortune to efforts to tackle global problems, Quartz writes. Manoj Bhargava made the pledge in Billions in Change, a self-produced film he released online last month.
Elite Daily / November 12, 2015
5-Hour Energy Founder Is Using His $4 Billion Fortune To Save The World
If you have wealth, it’s a duty to help those who don’t. That’s the mantra 5-Hour Energy drink creator Manoj Bhargava lives by, and with a net worth of over $4 billion, he pledged literally 99 percent of his wealth to endeavors helping to save the world.
The Adam Carolla Show / November 11, 2015
Tai Lopen and Matt Atchity
Adam opens the show as Matt Atchity enters the studio, and the guys talk about people who unnecessarily round down. They also discuss how improv helps with interviews, and Adam chats about his fascinating interview with Manoj Bhargava (soon to be released as an episode of Take A Knee).
Huffington Post / November 5, 2015
C-SUITE: 5-Hour Energy Creator Manoj Bhargava
Entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava, creator of 5-Hour Energy and the Billions in Change movement, talks to HuffPost Live about his career, his philanthropic efforts, and why he plans to give away nearly all of his fortune to charity.
Wall Street Journal / November 2, 2015
A Day in the Life of 5-Hour Energy Creator Manoj Bhargava
“We’re not exactly Silicon Valley,” says Manoj Bhargava, 62, the creator of 5-Hour Energy drinks and the founder of Stage 2 Innovations, a $100 million private equity fund dedicated to advances in water and energy technology.
Fortune / October 29, 2015
Manoj Bhargava, the man behind 5-Hour Energy, believes his affordable desalination technology can help wealthy California
If rain doesn’t arrive soon, speculators will start taking bets on whether California can survive what has already been a devastating four-year drought. Many hope that El Niño storms will help replenish groundwater reserves. Relocating millions of people has been floated as a last resort.
Bevnet / October 29, 2015
Stimulating Innovation: 5-hour Energy Founder Invests in Global Change
As the creator of 5-hour Energy, Manoj Bhargava saw an opportunity to power Americans’ workdays via a tiny bottle of highly caffeinated liquid. It was a simple, yet, groundbreaking innovation that has resulted in the sale of billions of 5-hour Energy products and spawned a new category of “shot-based” beverages and liquid supplements.
Collective Evolution / October 29, 2015
Creator Of 5-hour Energy Wants To Power the World’s Homes—With Bikes
Create clean technology: that’s Manoj Bargahva’s mantra. He’s the mind behind the small 5-Hour Energy drink bottle you see sold in stores on almost every corner. Worth around $4 billion dollars, Bargahva has pledged to use 90% of that money to serve others around the globe.
INDTVUSA / October 29, 2015
Manoj Bhargava talks about FFE, inventing for the poor, daily routine as a Billionaire & job tips
Keynote speaker is Manoj Bhargava. Manoj is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of 5-hour Energy. He was born in Lucknow, India, and moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 14.
Wonderful Engineering / October 29, 2015
Creator of 5-hour Energy Drink Wants To Power The World’s Homes With Bikes
Manoj Bhargava, CEO of 5-hour Energy, has a plan which can change the lives of millions of people. He says that he has built a stationary bike that can power a small house. By pedaling for one hour, Manoj says a person can power a home’s lights and basic appliances for an entire day.
Business Standard / October 22, 2015
Manoj Bhargava's crusade: From energy drinks to limitless energy
“Talks don’t help anyone out of poverty. Awareness doesn’t reduce pollution, grow food or heal the sick. These take doing,” says NRI billionaire Manoj Bhargava, who has committed himself to investing 99 per cent his wealth in initiatives to fight poverty.
Mens XP / October 15, 2015
The Mystery 'Hindu Monk' Who Built Himself A Billion-Dollar Empire
This man was a monk for 12 years, and now owns one of the most successful energy drink companies in the world. His current net worth is $4 billion. While names like Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai are endlessly abuzz in India, Manoj Bhargava is a name you wouldn’t have heard about much. His story will blow you away.
Inc / October 15, 2015
Inside the Mind of the Billionaire Who Built the 5-Hour Energy Empire
Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-Hour Energy, has pledged to give 99 percent of his $4-billion net worth to charity. That's the opening hook of a new documentary about Bhargava called Billions in Change.
Good News Network / October 15, 2015
5-Hour Energy Inventor to Bring Free Energy to the Poor, Donate Billions
If this billionaire’s plan to power remote Indian villages through stationary bike pedaling catches on—well, they actually won’t need a whole lot of his 5-Hour Energy Drink. Manoj Bhargava became a billionaire almost overnight thanks to those little energy-infused shots, and now, he’s eager to give away 99 percent of his fortune to help others.
The Economic Times / October 14, 2015
NRI billionaire Manoj Bhargava to distribute stationary bikes to power homes in India
HOUSTON: An Indian-American billionaire plans to distribute 10,000 stationary bikes to India in a bid to provide electricity to millions of homes. By 2016, Manoj Bhargava plans to test the first 50 bikes in 15 or 20 small villages in Uttarakhand, before larger distribution of the bikes.
October 14, 2015
How You Can Take Action for Billions in Change
Now that we’re here on the ground floor of this exciting work, you’re no doubt wondering, “What do we do first?” At this early stage, our biggest need is to build momentum by spreading the word about the film and by recruiting more people to join.
Times of India / October 11, 2015
Dropout, Monk and Billionaire : The Story of Manoj Bhargava
After making billions from the sale of an energy drink, Manoj Bhargava wants to solve the world's problems of power, water and the overuse of fossil fuels.
Mashable / October 9, 2015
5-Hour Energy creator wants to power thousands of Indian homes with bikes
If 5-hour Energy drink creator Manoj Bhargava's vision comes true, there could soon be a lot more bikes, and electricity, in India.
Scoop Whoop / October 8, 2015
The Richest Indian In America Is Saving The World & Yet You Haven’t Heard Of Him
An Indian-American billionaire is trying to change the world in ways most of us can only dream of, and so far, it looks like he's doing one hell of a job.
Huffington Post / October 8, 2015
Great Invention Is the New Philanthropy
A great invention is not something necessarily complicated. It's also not necessarily cool, cutting edge, or even a new idea. The definition of a great invention is something that is useful, easy to execute and makes a huge difference for humanity. It's not so much about what it is, but rather about what it does.
Buzzfeed / October 7, 2015
The Billionaire Behind 5-Hour Energy Is Trying To Save The World
This is Manoj Bhargava, the founder and CEO of 5-Hour Energy. His net worth is estimated at around $4 billion, which possibly makes him the richest Indian in America at the moment. And he’s decided that he wants to spend his fortune to try and fix the world’s biggest problems, primarily depleting energy resources.
Treehugger / October 7, 2015
5-hour Energy creator to roll out pedal-powered energy solution in India
In a world where up to half of the population either has no access to electricity whatsoever, or only severely limited access, a home energy device powered by humans could have a big impact in the developing world, and one philanthropist is willing to put his money where his mouth is in order to potentially change the lives of billions.
October 7, 2015
Indian American billionaire Manoj Bhargava devotes himself to alleviate global issues afflicting poor
Indian American billionaire Manoj Bhargava, who amassed his fortune by founding the 5-Hour Energy company, has already pledged to give away most of his colossal fortune.
National Geographic / October 6, 2015
Creator of 5-hour Energy Wants to Power the World's Homes—With Bikes
The man who created the 5-hour Energy drink says he has more money than he needs—about $4 billion more. So he’s giving it away, spending his fortune on a quest to fix the world's biggest problems, including energy.
USA Today / October 4, 2015
5-Hour Energy creator plans more game changers
Michigan billionaire Manoj Bhargava, founder of the 5-Hour Energy company, has already pledged to give away most of his wealth. Now Bhargava is going public for the first time with work he’s been funding on inventions to alleviate global suffering by attacking problems in the areas of water purity, energy availability and health.
October 2, 2015
Billionaire Wants To Bring Free Electricity To A Billion People
For the 1.3 billion people who live without access to electricity, the Industrial Revolution never happened. Billionaire Manoj Bhargava wants to change that.