Rich People Who Like Helping The Less Fortunate

People who became famous by their own talents, work and effort tend to frequently remind us that they have not been as rich throughout their whole life. Actually, many of them were poor before gaining a worldwide recognition. Still, even with their enormous amount of money in their bank accounts, they cannot stop thinking about other people, the people in need, the less fortunate. In this article, we will point out some of them, but the whole list of according to Forbes can be found here.

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” – Oprah Winfrey.

JK Rowling Hosts Fundraising Event For Charity 'Lumos'

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s life was hard, but after some struggle, she ended up with stunning success. She’s is a living proof that hard work really pays off.  We all know her as the author of the renowned Harry Potter series, which brought her to the limelight. In the real sense, J.K. Rowling was actually poor before publishing this book. Back in 2011, she was estimated to be worth about $1 billion and was on the Forbes list of richest people in the world. Nevertheless, she lost that status because of donating her money to charity. In 2011, she gave away about $160 million dollars to charity. Maybe it’s because Rowling knows exactly what it’s like to be poor.

Through the years, Rowling has been involved with several charities:

  • Amnesty International.
  • One Parent Families (now known as Gingerbread).
  • The Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland.
  • Comic Relief.
  • Maggie’s Centres for Cancer Care.
  • The U.K. Labour Party.
  • Doctors Without Borders.

J.K. Rowling founded the Children’s High-Level Group (CHLG or Lumos), an organization that helps to “end the systematic institutionalization of children across Europe and helps them find safer, more caring places to live.” She also has her own charitable trust called Volant, which supports various projects and organizations to fight social deprivation, especially among women and children.

George Lucas

George Lucas, an American filmmaker, is known to be a huge supporter of education. He has even donated the amount of $4 billion he made from selling Star Wars to Disney, for education. His Educational Foundation is still making a significant effort to promote education. Lucas even paid $200 million for a housing project near his home that includes 224 homes. Lucas hoped to make a difference for the working class in that area saying:

“We’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people.”

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, an American singer and songwriter, is one of the youngest charity givers. Back in 2012, she donated $4 million to music education. Afterward, she gave $50,000 to a children’s hospital in Philadelphia. This is just a tiny part of her charity work. She has been donating not only her money but her love and time as well. In 2016, Taylor donated $5,000 to a fan who lost her sister in a car accident. Taylor also FaceTimed Meghan, an 18-year-old battling with a congenital heart defect.

Scarlett Johanson

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. Although she who was an Oxfam Ambassador for nearly a decade, they split due to a difference of opinion over SodaStream. She was supporting USA Harvest and helping in providing food to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Johanson was also supporting some AIDS clinics in Rwanda and donated more than 2,000 shoes to Soles4Souls. These are just but a few examples of her many-years-long charity.

Ellen DeGenres

Ellen DeGenres, a TV talk show host, has been giving donations to about 38 charities. Apart from these charities, only within her show, she has given away way more than 50 million dollars.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Even though they are not a couple anymore, we have to admit they did a great job donating their money to over 60 charities while in the marriage. They were also helping children in need from all over the world while adopting a few of them on the way. It is known that these two gave over $24 million in donations.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon, an American actor, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded water.org. This is an organization that works to provide safe and easy access to clean drinking water. He even started a campaign called “buy a girl a drink.” The campaign was about delivering water to women in disadvantaged countries. Damon used to say:

“You cannot solve poverty without solving water and sanitation.”

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