Dr. Richard Shakarian is a man of passion and a leader among men. He has mentored hundreds of leaders around the world. He has inspired men and women to leadership in business and spiritual values. This has sparked a worldwide awakening in which ordinary people are reaching millions in the marketplace for Christ.
He was born in the little farming community of Downey near Los Angeles. By the age of 13, Richard started 300 youth clubs across America. At 15 years old, the United States Congress Prayer Group invited Him to speak to them at the Capital.
Richard’s gift is relating to people from all walks of life. He has met or advised more than 20 Heads of State. They range from President Ronald Reagan, to President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, to President Kurt Waldheim of Austria, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, President Mobuto Sese Seko of Zaire, President Vicente Fox- President of Mexico, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Chancellor Willie Brandt, of Germany, Pope John Paul II along with many others.
He has addressed business groups and Congress in session in various nations, promoting fairness, business exchange, integrity and spiritual values. Richard Shakarian has led FGBMFI since 1993. As International President, he is the “Spiritual Leader” of our Fellowship.
FGBMFI is one of the largest Christian business organizations in the world. We now operate in over 142 nations, with almost 40,000 officers worldwide.
Richard Shakarian believes that this is the most urgent and exciting time in history. His passion is to bring “A Better Life” to millions of people around the world… by introducing them to the reality of Jesus Christ.
Richard and Evangeline (Vangie) fell in love in college. They were married, and have raised 4 beautiful daughters and 3 grandchildren.