15 Celebrities Who Care About The World And People More Than Their Money
We look at celebrities and see how they live in luxury that their fame brings them. All we see are big houses, fancy cars, huge parties, and a lifestyle average people will never be able to afford. But, the truth is not all celebrities are like that. There are some who use their money and fame for the greater good of the world.
Today we’re discussing the celebrities who have used their status as a recognizable figure to influence people to make a change for the good of humanity. These celebrities do have luxurious lives but they also think of the unfortunate and poor.
Jolie has travelled to over twenty countries to spend time with refugees. She founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation whose main goal is to end extreme rural poverty, protect natural resources and conserve wildlife in Cambodia. She was promoted in 2010 from a Goodwill Ambassador to a diplomat. She uses her position to speak against sexual violence during armed conflict. She co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which aims to administer education programs to children in war situations.
One of the richest men in the world also spends most on charity. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest charities in the world and does some of the most effective work in Africa and other Third World countries. They support innumerable causes like AIDS prevention, poverty and hunger reduction, college scholarships, etc. From 2000 to 2004, the foundation reportedly gave over $29 billion to charity.
Bono is the lead singer of U2 but he is also so much more than that. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has also been Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. His activism for AIDS prevention, fighting poverty and hunger and Third World debt relief has made him a social force. He is constantly in contact with world leaders and policymakers.
Everyone knows Jackie Chan as one of the most popular action stars in the world. In 1988, he established the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, which provides scholarships and help to Hong Kong’s youth, disaster relief, medical facilities and art performance. In 2004 he founded the Dragon’s Heart Foundation to help the elderly and children in remote parts of China. He will give away all his money to charity after his death. Chan now serves as an UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
Sir Elton John was affected by the deadly HIV/AIDS personally because many of his friends succumbed to the disease. He established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 to battle the spread of the disease. Every year he hosts the themed “White Tie and Tiara” ball to raise money for the foundation. He also holds fundraisers as Grammy and Oscar after-parties.