Lecturer Richard Sandor Awarded the French Legion of Honor
Dr. Richard Sandor, renowned financial innovator and entrepreneur, was named Chevalier dans l´ordre de la Légion d´Honneur (Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor). The award is the highest decoration granted by the French government, and acknowledges his accomplishments in the field of environmental finance and carbon trading as well as his personal commitment and contribution to the promotion of French-American friendship. This award was conferred upon Dr. Sandor by decree of the President of France. A ceremony will be held in October at the University of Chicago.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to accept this award from the French Republic,” Dr. Sandor said. “My interest in France goes back to my early childhood, inspiring what would become a life-long interest in the country and its culture. I had the privilege of later working in France in environmental finance. To be recognized for the impact these innovations had on French-American relations is truly an honor.”
Consul General of France in Chicago Graham Paul said, “We are proud to count Dr. Sandor as a Friend of France and as a new member of the Order of the Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction and one of the most prized in the world, recognizes the many achievements of Dr. Sandor, a financial innovator, economist, teacher, art collector and philanthropist, whose lifelong work has greatly contributed to make the world a better place.”