Money isn’t always easy to get, but the world is a more generous place when we can all find the time and energy to spread the wealth. Charity alone isn’t a solution to income inequality, but some of the richest among us are making the effort to dive headfirst into philanthropy. With all that is going on the world today, knowing that there are those that are more well off that share their wealth with those that can be comforting to the average person and serve as an example to the rest of the wealthy.
Bill Gates is one of the most notoriously generous philanthropists around. After founding Microsoft, it should come as no surprise that he is pretty well off. He’s estimated at nearly 94 billion dollars, but he has given away 50 billion to causes he is passionate about. While not everyone that is a philanthropist has a disposable income like Gates, he’s deeply engaged in the subjects he cares about – notably improving healthcare and education to poverty-stricken parts of the world. The giving is important, but the engagement is even more so. Gates has taken a mind that was built for business and applied it to giving more effectively.
Warren Buffet may be one of the richest men alive, but he’s pledged $37 billion in stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffet’s position as the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway leaves him with a lot of disposable income, but he’s known for being frugal. The savings from that frugality are paying dividends to the less fortunate.
Oprah may be an internationally known name, but she’s also known for her generosity both on and off the stage. After a long life on the talk show circuit and dabbling in acting, Oprah invested wisely and really grew her brand. She didn’t step on people in the process and had their true interests at heart. She has given more than $140 million dollars to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls that helps the less fortunate with their education.
Michael Jordan was known for his competitiveness on court, but he’s just as competitive when it comes to giving. He has donated over two million dollars to relief efforts for Hurricane Florence, but he’s just as invested even when there isn’t a major catastrophe. The Make A Wish Foundation even named him as one of their ambassadors in 2008, and he has been working with the charity ever since.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is also a generous philanthropist. He and his wife promised to pledge 99% of their earnings throughout their life. This money will go to the Chan-Zuckerberg charity that focuses on science and education. Considering Zuckerberg is worth 86.8 billion dollars, this makes him one of the most generous philanthropists around. He’s currently worth a whopping 86.8 billion dollars, and his fortune doesn’t seem in danger any time soon.