Celebrities Who Have Pledged All Their Wealth to Unusual Causes
Fame and fortune is something many of us dream of, but a combination of the two can be a very dangerous drug indeed. From celebrities desperately clinging onto their youthful appearances to the filthy rich doing everything in their power to protect their riches, history has taught us wealth and success usually results in catastrophic consequences like drug abuse, mistrust, loneliness, depression and in some cases, even death.
In this list, we shall be looking at some of the celebrities who set an example of unbelievable generosity and either gave away or have pledged all of their wealth and fortune to charities upon their death.
According to the James Bond actor, inherited money does more harm than good, which is why he has planned to leave absolutely nothing for his kids and family, instead opting to give his entire net worth of $145 million to charity. Daniel’s philosophy when it comes to money is to give it all away to a charitable cause before he dies which is why he plans to live lavishly and spend as much on himself as he possibly can.
At 52 years of age, Daniel has a young child from his current wife Rachel Weisz along with a 28-year-old daughter from his marriage to ex-wife Fiona Loudon. Having starred in Bond films like Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace. Skyfall and Spectre, his final appearance in the upcoming film No Time To Die is eagerly awaited by millions of fans as it is set to hit theatres this week.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates
Once the richest man on Earth, Bill Gates along with his wife Melinda has been hard at work to alleviate poverty in developing regions and battling life-threatening diseases in third world countries. Even after years of doing charitable work and giving away huge sums to social causes, the founder of Microsoft is still believed to be worth an estimated $108 billion according to Forbes.
Bill Gates is a big believer in forging your own path in life and being financially self-sufficient, which is why he has decided to leave a very small portion of his immense wealth to his children and the rest to charity. According to Gates, inheriting a large sum of money might make his kids too complacent and not forge their own paths through hard work and competence.
One of the biggest action movie stars of our generation, Jackie Chan has amassed a sizeable net worth of $370 million having starred in some of the biggest blockbusters including Rush Hour series, Police Story, The Karate Kid, Shanghai Noon, The Forbidden Kingdom and The Medallion just to name a few. Upon his death, Chan plans to donate all of his wealth to charity, rather than his son Jaycee.
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