There are many ways to define success but few as tangible as giving. The extraordinary financial success of the world’s billionaires affords them the luxury to give away vast amounts of money. The super-rich like those on Forbes’ Billionaires list are uniquely positioned to positively impact others.
J.K. Rowling, author of the phenomenally successful ‘Harry Potter’ series is truly passionate about giving away her wealth. Over the past year Rowling has supported several charitable causes targeting poverty, multiple sclerosis, and children’s welfare and literacy.
Rowling gave away so much of her net-worth that she dropped out of the billionaire club. Still very wealthy by any standard, Rowling is likely to get a financial boost with the launch of Pottermore, and a new adult mystery novel.
The Best Billionaire’s Give It Away
Rowling appears to be following the lead of other noteworthy billionaire’s, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and investor Warren Buffet. Gates and Buffet have lobbied fellow billionaires to give away much of their riches for the benefit of humanity.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation champions worthy causes that need our attention. The progress they have made towards medical breakthroughs and uplifting poverty-stricken nations is truly inspiring. The good work done here is only possible with the generous contributions of super-wealthy people. It’s refreshing to see the mega-rich share their incredible wealth.
Ugly Billionaire’s Adopt Their Girlfriends
There’s nothing worse that ugly rich. Like the polo playing billionaire that adopted his girlfriend ostensibly to protect his assets following a drunken car crash that killed a young man. Now that’s ugly.
I applaud J.K. Rowling and others for voluntarily sharing their vast wealth for the benefit of the many.
How would you behave in the Billionaire Club, generous or ugly?