From Silicon Valley tech moguls to business executives and entrepreneurs, these people know that the future of food means not slaughtering animals.
1. Bill Gates
The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist known for fighting world hunger has made major investments in both plant-based and clean meat companies, such as Beyond Meat and Memphis Meats.
2. Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin Group. Like Bill Gates, Branson has made significant investments in both plant-based and clean meats. Earlier this year, he invested in the clean meat startup Memphis Meats.
In a blog post on why he invested, Branson wrote, “I believe that in 30 years or so, we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone.”
3. Lisa Feria
Lisa Feria is the CEO of Stray Dog Capital, a firm that invests in early-stage startups, products, and services that will replace the use of animals in the food supply chain. Under Feria's leadership, Stray Dog has made investments in Beyond Meat, Kite Hill, Memphis Meats, and more.
4. Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt serves as executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. After Google attempted to buy the plant-protein startup Impossible Foods, Schmidt stated that a vegan revolution was coming.
5. Miyoko Schinner
Miyoko Schinner, the formidable force behind Miyoko's Creamery, is changing the game of the vegan cheese market and changing the lives of the farmed animals she rescues in her spare time.
6. Sergey Brin
Google co-founder Sergey Brin provided $330,000 to fund the world’s first cultured hamburger. He describes clean meat as a technology with “the capability to transform how we view our world.”
7. Liz Dee
Smarties co-owner Liz Dee is also the CEO of Baleine & Bjorn Capital. She’s made investments in the clean meat company Memphis Meats, vegan clothing brand Vaute Couture, and plant-based food companies Purple Carrot and Nutpods.
8. Li Ka-shing
Li Ka-shing is a Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He’s committed to changing the way the world eats by investing in the plant-based meat company Impossible Foods.