Bill and Melinda Gates are the first to come to mind when it comes to wealthy philathripists. Not only does the Gates family give much of their money away, they are hands on when it comes to the organizations they donate to. Not long ago, Gates went to Africa along with author and YouTuber, John Green, who videoed much of their trip. Green noticed how Gates tended to shy away from the cameras and truly focused on listening to the people of the hospitals and schools he was trying to help. Then, Gates along with Green have been publishing videos on Green’s YouTube channel to educate people about poverty in Africa and what we can do about it.
In 2013, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. gave away $1 billion to the Scillicon Valley Community Foundation. Not bad for someone who is barely 30.
In the same year, several of the worlds wealthiest came together to pledge they would donate at least $1 billion to philantrhropic causes. The list includes Bill Gates along with Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), George Soros (Soros Fund Management), Gordon Moore (Intel), Carlos Slim Helu (Mexican business man), Eli Broad (Kaufman and Broad and SunAmerica), George Kaiser (BOK Financial Corporation), Michael Bloomberg (108th Mayor of New York City), Azim Premji (Wipro Limited), and James Stowers (American Century Investments). While some may argue to wealthy men such as these $1 billion isn’t all that much. Therefore, what’s the big deal?
However, one could also argue how much of our own money have we given away in comparison. They may have given away only 1% of their income – but have we as well? Who knows.
It is also interesting to note how most of the people who are the biggest philathropists in the world are older men. Many times we see a stereotype of grumpy old white rich men who don’t want to get rid of any of their money. However, when researching one may find most of them are older men.
This doesn’t mean women don’t give their money way though. Not by any means! According to forbes.com, you’ll find women such as Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Ellen DeGeneres, Shakira, Oprah, and Lady Gaga have all made lists of wealthy women who have given to philthranpic organizations – and that’s only in the USA.
Wealth = selfishness? Maybe, maybe not. What we do know is perhaps we should also try to see what we can give back as well, even if it isn’t in the billions.
Sources: philanthropy.com, https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers, forbes.com, dailymail.co.uk, therichest.com