Hardly anyone makes money hand over fist like those who are famous in Hollywood. Each movie makes them more than most of us will earn in a lifetime. Every television appearance can make them the average person’s yearly salary. With that in mind, it’s a wonder that charities need to fund raise at all, with all that income flowing to the top 1%. Some rich folks, including celebrities, are very giving when it comes to charitable causes and their generosity has made a difference in lives all over the world.
Some give to particular religious organizations, and some spread the wealth around to various causes. Whether it’s for a tax write-off, publicity, or just to make a difference as a good person, these celebrities are writing large checks to their favorite charities.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah’s rise as one the most important personalities in television history has made her some big money, and she believes in sharing the wealth. The superstar has donated more than 40 million dollars through her Oprah Winfrey Foundation, to help women and children with education and health care around the world, as noted by People Magazine. Oprah particularly champions education for young girls in third world countries, where female scholarship is frowned upon by their culture.