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Founder• Paul Marshall
• Ian Wace
• Arpad Busson
An NGO " to transform children’s lives". Plenty of its fundraisers have a Jeffery Epstein connection.

Not to be confused with French child-snatching NGO Zoe's Ark

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) "is an international charity whose purpose is "to transform children’s lives".[1]

Own words

"Founded in 2002 by a group of leaders in the alternative investment industry, pooling their skills and resources to improve the life chances of children, ARK delivers high social returns on philanthropic investment.

"Originally a grant-making organisation, ARK’s delivery model was changed to maximise its impact and ensure strong accountability. ARK deploys the funds it raises by setting up and managing its own teams who are responsible for implementing its programmes.

"ARK brings together passionate experts with the best talent from business to deliver its vision on the ground under the leadership of its Board of Trustees.

"Employing over 1,200 staff directly and through partners, ARK’s programmes are highly focused on meeting pre-defined strategic goals in the areas of HIV/AIDS (South Africa, Mozambique), Education (UK, India) and Children in Care (Eastern Europe)." [2]


ARK has financed vaccination programmes in Zambia and Africa. The ARK programme, in collaboration with GAVI, is supported in part by both the British Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, each of which also supports the GAVI Matching Fund. The funds will be used to vaccinate more than 750,000 Zambian children against rotavirus by 2015.[3]

Jeffrey Epstein

Those linked to Jeffrey Epstein or in his black book, known to have attended ARK fundraisers include[4][5][6]: Arpad Busson, Bill Clinton, Matthew Freud, Mariella Frostrup, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Debbie von Bismark, Kevin Spacey, Liz Hurley, Sophie Dahl, Saffron Aldridge Elizabeth Murdoch (father Rupert in book), Naomi Campbell, Tony Blair, David Tang, Boris Johnson at ARK fundraisers and holidays with Epstein's Bismarcks Nicholas Candy, Sarah Ferguson, Elizabeth Saltzman, Tom Ford, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, lily Safra (husband Edmund Saffra with Epstein) Rothchild, Goldsmiths Elle MacPherson, Countess Allesandro Guerrini-Maraldi, Princess Maria-Chantal of Greece, Eduardo Teodorani-Fabbri, Fi and Alex Wilmot-Sitwell,Georgie and Katharine Grieg, India Hicks, Jean Pigozzi, Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor, Lucy Wastnage, Nat Rothschild, Nicky Haslam, Nicola Formby, Petra Nemcova, Pia Getty, Rolf Sachs, Maryam Sachs, Sabrina Guinness, the Dellal family, Tim Jefferies, Toby Young, Todd Meister, Yasmin le Bon, David Linley, Richard Branson, Mike and Angie Rutherford, Princess Chantal of Hanover, Robert Tchenguiz, Eddie Jordan, Colin Firth, Nelson MAndela, Caroline Habab (nee Stanbury), Mike Bloomberg, Espirito Santo Manuel and Ros , Eve Pollard, Elton John, Valentino and Giancarlo Giametti, John and Darcy Rigas, Harvey Weinstein, Ira C.Magaziner, Deborah and Jeremy Alun-Jones, Princess Alexander von Furstenberg, Philip Treacy, Lord Levy, Michael de Picciotti, Princess Olga of Greece, Robert Hanson, David Macmillan, Tania Bryer, Julian Metcalf