Christopher Wolf Crutcher fondly recalls growing up in Mill Valley, California–a village at the base of Mt. Tamalpais surrounded by a fragrant forest of redwood and bay trees. Across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, in Marin County, the community was comprised of writers, musicians, artists, film directors, scientists, engineers, architects, and professionals of every discipline. Lewis and Judith Crutcher settled in this diverse international community, in 1969, to raise their 2 sons: Marshall and Christopher.
Old Mill School (the local Elementary School in Mill Valley) holds special memories. The administration created a program of Enrichment Courses led by dedicated parents. Depending on available talent, seminars were offered in subjects such as Painting, Mosaic, Medicine, Human Anatomy, Urban Planning (taught by Judith), and Japanese Culture. The latter Enrichment Course led Christopher to the study of the Japanese Language, facilitating his entrance into Harvard College, and his later hiring by Morgan Stanley’s Tokyo Branch Office.
THE ROMANCE OF JAPAN
Liei Connick became Christopher’s first private Japanese Tutor when he was 10. He mastered the Hiragana and Katakana Alphabets in a matter of weeks. At 13, he continued his Japanese tutoring with Mrs. Toshiko Tomanovich (an interesting aside: Mrs. Tomanovich had been the official Japanese Tutor to the last Emperor of China, during the period when the Japanese Empire controlled Manchukuo as a colony). As a master teacher, Mrs. Tomanovich inspired Christopher to become proficient in keigo, the ultra-polite form of Japanese speech and writing. This knowledge was key in his future financial career, including work for Morgan Stanley’s Controllers’ Department in Tokyo, and on the Bond Desk of DB Capital Markets (Asia) Ltd. in Tokyo (a Deutsche Bank Subsidiary).
A SPECIAL TALENT
As a young child, Christopher mastered the arts of mosaic, painting, and printmaking. His uncle, Dr. Fred Crutcher, commissioned him to design and create a room incorporating his mosaics for his second home in Mendocino County, California. The theme was an undersea coral reef, into which he incorporated his uncle’s fossil collection, Venetian glass tiles, Japanese ceramic tiles, and even broken Qing Era pottery shards excavated from the site of a Chinese fishing village at Point Pinole (in the East Bay). A plywood shell was installed in the Crutcher House, the tilework was adhered to a series of panels, and these were transported to the coastal site, where they were installed in the Master Bath, and grouted. Subsequently, Christopher worked on a second large mosaic in the fireplace alcove in his Family’s Mill Valley home, completed in 1976 (when he was 12). The subject was a Samurai contemplating a field of iris. When he was 16, Christopher began a third mosaic in the Master Bathroom of the Crutcher House, depicting portraits of Napoleon’s generals and adversaries, and incorporating heraldic themes.
ON HIS WAY
The Family took the 2 Brothers to Europe when they were ages 11 and 12, staying two months to tour England, Germany, and Italy. Immersed in the culture of each of these Countries, the focus of the trip was architecture, historic battlefields, and museums. In Murano, Venice, glass tiles were purchased for Christopher’s mosaic projects.
During the summer of his 16th year, Christopher was invited to take a Printing Class offered by Carl Hall, a well-known Artist and Professor of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, while staying with his Maternal Grandmother, Edith Wolf. As part of this Course, he met the renowned printmaker and art expert, Gordon Gilkey, made famous in the film The Monuments Men with George Clooney. Mr. Gilkey gave instruction on etching techniques. Christopher greatly enjoyed studying both lithography and etching with these 2 masters – an unforgettable experience.
As small children, Christopher and his brother, Marshall, began taking music lessons at the same time, but Marshall was infinitely more serious (later entering Peabody Conservatory of Music, and North Carolina School for the Arts, majoring in Classical Guitar, then going on to become an award-winning composer for videogames, film, and television). Christopher continued to pursue singing, having fun making recordings (while aged 10 – 12) with Rita Abrams, a local songwriter. In High School, Christopher joined the Tamalpais High School Choir, Jazz Choir, and Madrigal Singers, performing throughout the Bay Area. His rock group (50’s Music) took second prize in the talent contest held at graduation, and he was the lead singer in pop/rock bands both at Mita High School (Tokyo) and at Harvard College. In future, he would be associated with top music talent in Hollywood and New York, serving as a producer of live events and as an investment banker to the Music Industry.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL
After 2 years at Mill Valley Middle School, Christopher decided to attend Wildshaw School in San Francisco, headed by Jonathan Edwards, a graduate of Cambridge University. Mr. Edwards imposed rigorous standards of writing, while offering a full range of advanced subjects. After 2 years at Wildshaw, Christopher transferred to Tamalpais High School, which had a large student body, and a more active social life. Thanks to his training at Wildshaw School, he skipped a grade (Sophomore Year). He joined the Wrestling Team, and continued his Japanese tutoring with Mrs. Tomanovich.
A YEAR IN JAPAN
Upon graduating from Tamalpais High School, at age 17, Christopher took deferred entry into Harvard College for one year to attend Tokyo Toritsu Mita High School in Japan, where he dawned the school uniform, and took a full course load utilizing the Japanese Language (Chemistry, Physics, Japanese History, Classical Literature, Social Studies, etc.). He also joined the Kendo Club and the Art Club. His Japanese Tutor (in California), Mrs.Tomanovich, arranged that he stay with Hiroshi Wada, a Teacher of European History. The highlight of the year was Christopher’s participation on the Kendo Team, where he experienced, face-to-face, the nature of Japanese discipline. Just before a Kendo tournament, his foot became horribly injured during warmup exercises, but his friends rallied him to continue. His left foot was completely raw, leaving bloody footprints on the dojo. With bandaged feet, he fought on, “drew out his spirit,” and won 2 matches, smacking his opponents on the head with his shinai (bamboo sword). This experience represented, to Christopher, the essence of being Japanese, unaltered for centuries. Thereafter, he incorporated the concept of Japanese discipline into his personal values.
Christopher (at 16) and Marshall (at 17) toured the East Coast, visiting candidate universities: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Peabody Conservatory of Music. At Harvard, Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer (the former Ambassador to Japan during the Kennedy Years) graciously received Christopher’s inquiries concerning the Asian Studies Department, and arranged meetings for him with various professors, so that he could gain an understanding of the curriculum. Upon receiving examples of Christopher’s written work in Japanese, Ambassador Reischauer wrote a letter of recommendation for him to help sponsor his admission to Harvard (and he was accepted). Christopher later visited the Ambassador in his Office on the Harvard Campus to express his gratitude.
GRADUATING FROM HARVARD
In June of 1986, on the 350th Anniversary of the founding of the Institution, Christopher graduated from Harvard College with an AB in European History 1700 to the Present, with Honors. His Minor was in Medieval European History. During his time at Harvard, Christopher had become interested in the effect of capital on History, and realized, thanks to courses offered by the famous British Historian, Simon Schama, that finance, perhaps even more than the sentiment of crowds, was the prime motivating force behind most historical events. Christopher also benefited from taking courses on a wide range of subjects that would assist in his later career, including French, Italian, Japanese, Case Law, French History, English History, German History, and Anthropology. His thesis work, on the Haitian Economy and Revolution in 1789, was the origin of his understanding of how to develop successful economic strategies for developing countries. Christopher also was a starboard-side oarsman on Harvard’s Freshman Crew Team, and subsequently, the Varsity Crew Team.
The richness of Christopher Wolf Crutcher’s childhood, growing up in beautiful Mill Valley, the support of his parents, and the completion of his disciplined language training and cultural experiences in Japan, all became the ingredients for future achievements. His Harvard years further laid the foundation of his knowledge and experience to launch his career in Finance, beginning with a junior position with Morgan Stanley in New York.
In 1986, as a new Harvard Graduate, Christopher joined Morgan Stanley, working in the International and Convertible Equity Arbitrage section of their Controllers’ Department in Manhattan. He was assigned to reporting and budgeting for global program trading, and to the team that produced the daily P&L for Morgan Stanley’s Japanese and Hongkongese stock portfolios. During his time in New York, he was assigned to create a budget for the Equity Division’s 1987 worldwide brokerage and clearing expenses, which was subsequently presented to the 5-member Management Committee. Christopher was also sent to Tokyo, Japan, on special assignment to report on the trade processing efficiency of Morgan Stanley’s Tokyo Office. Within his first year of employment, he was promoted to the Position of International Analyst for the Controllers’ Department, Equity Division, of Morgan Stanley International Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, with full expatriate status.
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, in 1987, Christopher was recruited by DB Capital Markets (Asia) Ltd. to join their Bond Desk and market European multi-currency fixed income products (bonds), utilizing written and spoken Japanese, to Japanese financial institutions. He cultivated new clients for Deutsche Bank’s securities business, including Sumitomo Corporation, Taisho Marine & Fire Insurance, and Long Term Credit Bank of Japan. Christopher also spearheaded the development of a Dutch Guilder bond business for the Firm, providing research and sales.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CONSULTING
Starting in 1988, Christopher founded Crutcher Capital Management, together with Judith Wolf Crutcher (his Mother), as a global financial consulting company. This Family-owned business has persisted to the present day, and has concluded and performed international financial consulting contracts, on a global basis, in 45 countries throughout the World. Crutcher Capital Management specializes in services including private banking, corporate structuring, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, international licensing, and corporate finance for high-net-worth individuals, institutions, and governments. This Company eventually evolved into the base for the assembly of the technologies, talent, and capital that would become a resource for Project Galileo. Christopher’s favorite consulting years were 1996 – 1997, when he developed revolutionary economic solutions for Canadian First Nations, including the Blackfoot and Cree Peoples.
Christopher Wolf Crutcher has worked for over 33 years, in multiple business destinations throughout the world, to build his network of clients, supporters, investors, and specialized consultants, who now represent a formidable platform in the global finance business. From this base of specialized financial knowledge, and talent, Christopher was able to direct his efforts towards the realization of a lifelong dream: a humanitarian and environmental project without equal, described below.
Eleven years ago, while Christopher was living in Paris, he learned that very large, dormant bank accounts existed throughout the world. He verified one such account, which, to his surprise, contained billions of dollars. The verification he conducted of many more such accounts represented an amazing set of facts for him, especially given the recent banking crisis (2008), which he concluded was artificially created (there was, actually, no shortage of capital in existence at the time). He found that while there are restrictions controlling certain of these large deposits, even restricted accounts can be conditionally utilized in favor of sponsoring humanitarian projects. Christopher recognized the magnitude of this opportunity, and set about structuring an economic plan, utilizing dormant funds, that could help depressed economies throughout the World. “Project Galileo” was born. Christopher selected 3 “Target Countries” for Project Galileo’s Terrestrial Cities of Science™ and Mini Cities of Science™: the Republics of Georgia, Haiti, and the Philippines, the Kingdom of Thailand, and Brazil. Utilizing new technologies, and environmental standards, Project Galileo’s Cities of Science will be developed within these Target Countries, with up to 100,000 inhabitants each. The concept of Project Galileo incorporates the creation of 12 growth funds (the “Funds of Project Galileo” or the “Funds”) targeting 12 separate Economic Sectors within each Target Country. The Funds will invest in healthy, locally-owned businesses within each Terrestrial City of Science within each Target Country, in partnership with global investors, innovators, and technologists. Project Galileo also encompasses 15 humanitarian and environmental foundations (the “Foundations of Project Galileo” or the“Foundations”), each of which will be permanently linked to one of the 12 Funds, benefiting in perpetuity from a portion of said Fund’s revenues. In his Project Proposal, and in the thousands of pages of supplementary documents he has created over the past decade, Christopher has described in detail the missions of each Fund and each Foundation, and their full staffing requirements. He has also produced a detailed 7-year Financial Plan (consisting of over 5,000 pages).
Christopher’s theory of economic success, for nations as well as individuals, is to attach them to “Financial Engines.” He studied, in particular, the History of the San Francisco Stock Exchange and the San Francisco Mining Exchange (2 regional junior stock exchanges). Established (respectively) in 1862 and 1882, these 2 Exchanges built the Californian Economy from practically zero to (as of 2019) the 5th largest economy in the World (if it were ever to declare independence from the U.S.), even surpassing France. In the 1800’s, this “Wild West Exchange” financed banks, silver and gold mines, railroads, shipping companies, real estate ventures, and agricultural enterprises. Investment into California’s Agricultural Sector by publicly listed companies led, for instance, to the establishment of the State’s famous Orange Industry, and of California’s famous Wine Industry in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Project Galileo’s strategy for the re-stimulation of ailing economies incorporates the implementation of 5 separate financial engines: (a) the “Innovation Exchange™” – a junior stock exchange focusing on technology and light manufacturing stocks; (b) the “First Nations Stock Exchange™” to list First Nations’ Bonds, and syndicate stock offerings to grow native-owned tax-advantaged businesses throughout the World; (c) a Christian Bank (“CBank™”); (d) a Polygraphic Production Facility; and (e) Project Galileo’s own cryptocurrency, the Galileo Monetary Unit™ (the “GMU“) for use in our Terrestrial Cities of Science™, and our planned Virtual City of Science™.
Innovative technology is the key to creating a “new economy.” In 2008, Christopher formed a strong partnership with an Italian entrepreneur and Robotics Engineer from Turin, Italy, Mr. Cleante Vitali, Eng., who partnered with him to provide a cornucopia of intellectual properties encompassing over 300 revolutionary technologies. Incorporating these assets into Project Galileo, and synthesizing all of the above concepts, Christopher and Cleante envisioned the development of a series of hubs for innovation, finance, and cultural revival (Project Galileo’s Virtual and Terrestrial Cities of Science™). Project Galileo is now in the Start-up Phase of a 7-year activation plan, and is exclusively managed by Empire Group: a series of global asset management companies founded by Mr. Crutcher (starting in 2009).
In 1798, Napoléon arrived in Egypt with a French Army consisting of 30,000 troops (plus sailors), but most uniquely, he brought with him, as part of his expeditionary force, a cadre of 164 intellectuals that he named the “Savants.” They were young and curious problem-solvers, representing every Art and Science that Revolutionary France had to offer. Their mission was to study and record Egypt’s existing culture, ancient past, natural history, and development potential. Their innumerable achievements included: discovering (and eventually interpreting) the Rosetta Stone; planning a modern Suez Canal; developing mathematical theories (such as the Theory of Mirages); making accurate measurements and visual records of Ancient Egyptian and Islamic Art and Architecture; recording Egyptian flora and fauna; and organizing the whole of their research into the Description de l’Égypte, the largest-scale printed book ever manufactured. Drawing from his top Savants, Napoléon, once in Cairo, established L’Institut d’Égypte.
Christopher’s innovative idea was to update and upgrade Napoléon’s original concept of creating a “mobile think tank” for the development of a modern society in a land with only ancient technologies in use (Egypt in 1798), by creating a fully modern organization of Savants, known (in tribute) simply as “L’Institut.” L’Institut will represent one of Project Galileo’s 5 key organizations, and its Mother Chapter will be based in Paris, France. This Organization will go forward to develop subsidiary Chapters in each of Project Galileo’s full-scale Terrestrial Cities of Science™. To organize this exciting institution, Christopher will start by recruiting 200 modern-day Savants for its Mother Chapter (this time, including an equal number of men and women), from countries throughout the World. The Savants of Project Galileo will be tasked with advising Empire Group in the development of the Virtual and Terrestrial Cities of Science™, within each Target Country of Project Galileo. Each new subsidiary Chapter of L’Institut will incorporate 100 local Savants (from the respective Target Country where it will be located), plus 100 international Savants. Project Galileo will thus be guided by the most talented persons from every discipline, in a collegial environment not seen for over 200 years.
Under the leadership of Christopher Wolf Crutcher and Cleante Vitali, managed by Empire Group, and enlightened by L’Institut, Project Galileo will combine substantial financial resources with a wealth of intellectual capital, revolutionary technologies, and pure imagination, to benefit both humanity and the environment. The World CAN be transformed, and Project Galileo is the exciting instrument of change that can be deployed to rapidly develop each economically disadvantaged region of the World, one at a time, until the entire global community can share in the enjoyment of a productive, prosperous, and sustainable future.