Even as a kid, Gennady Barsky knew how to turn adversity into strength. His American success story began in 1996, when the faculty of his Northern California high school awarded him their highest honor.
A Soviet refugee from Moldova, he had been in the United States for just 7 years. In that time, he learned English and mastered technology, leading a team of students building four fiber optic labs for the high school.
“If you take the trajectory of what he did, the evidence of his maturity, his acumen, his character, how stellar he was as an all-around human being in high school, he was wired to be great,” recalled his former high school principal, Maurice Ghysels.
Flash forward to 2023. Barsky today is a successful husband, father of three, entrepreneur and global investor. A lover of art and a wine collector, he became a founder of global startup JetSmarter, has the “Midas Touch” when it comes to real estate, and has continued his decades-long interest in developing cutting-edge technological tools.