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January 01 2010

Operation HOPE Founder and YGL John Hope Bryant Rings the NYSE Bell Live From Davos

In the spirit of improving the state of the world WEF dignitaries open the stock market by remote

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – January 29, 2010 – In recognition of the importance of financial literacy, “Silver rights” entrepreneur and Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant will ring the bell of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext on Friday, January 29, 2010 live from the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Organized by Summit officials and the NYSE, the ringing of the bell from Davos is a reminder of the importance of an international global financial structure and stands as a symbolic gesture for global economic reform and rebuilding.

The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum is an independent international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation and has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

NYSE Euronext, the holding company created by the combination of NYSE Group, Inc. and Euronext N.V., was launched on April 4, 2007. NYSE Euronext (NYSE/New York and Euronext/Paris: NYX) operates the world ' s largest and most liquid exchange group and offers the most diverse array of financial products and services. NYSE Euronext, which brings together six cash equities exchanges in seven countries and eight derivatives exchanges, is a world leader for listings, trading in cash equities, equity and interest rate derivatives, bonds and the distribution of market data.

As a YGL, Bryant’s participation in the WEF is realized through HOPE Global Initiatives, his nonprofits’ commitment to international projects. Already, successful partnerships have been realized through Global Dignity and the Clinton Global Initiative. Since becoming an YGL in 2004; Bryant has worked with other YGLs to teach dignity and respect to youth, reaching more than 15,000 students worldwide.

His “silver rights” mission to empower the underserved and making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to low-wealth communities has led Bryant to expand his HOPE network across 69 cities in the United States, seven provinces in South Africa and now, stemming from his commitment at the World Economic Summit, in Port-au-Prince Haiti.