Hollywood is all fame, glamour and money. When one enters into that realm, they earn more than what we can imagine. Just a single movie can skyrocket their wealth; just one contract can turn them into millionaires. And then much more. On the other side, there are people, philanthropists, who have to go through hardships so as to raise money for the needy and downtrodden in fundraising events, for instance.
To help those needy and downtrodden, celebrities do come forward and contribute. Some of them prefer religious organizations, some prefer donating to the organizations which have pledged to fight non-traditional security issues, etc. Having said that, here is the list of 20 Hollywood Celebrities who give the most to charity.
J.K. Rowling is perhaps one of the most understated charitable donors the world has had. She has donated over $160 million to varies charities around the world without making a fuss about it. J.K. Rowling started with an idea on a napkin at a coffeeshop and literally wrote her multi-billion Harry Potter books that we all know today. She was homeless and living out of her car when she came up with Harry Potter goldmine so it’s safe to say that one of the reasons she’s so giving is because she’s been there.
Harry Potter brought her fame and fortune beyond her imagination. So giving back for J.K. is something that comes naturally for her because she is forever grateful for all that she has and nothing makes her more happy than to share.
Oprah Winfrey is truly a rags to riches story. She is an example that regardless of the color of your skin, if you are determined enough and have the will to fight through poverty and any obstacles put in your path to obtain your goal…in this great country of America, you can do it. You can be the poorest African American little girl from Mississippi and become a media tycoon billionaire. What is required is hard work not hand outs.
This American television host is an inspiration for many aspiring hosts and philanthropists alike. Her stride toward success is no ordinary story; and with success came a handsome number of dollars in her bank accounts. But, unlike many other billionaires—yes, her net worth is well above $2 billion, she plans to contribute to an altruistic cause i.e. education for youth, especially girls, in developing countries. Up until now, she has given away over $40 million to charities. She is head of the eponymous charity Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was Hollywood royalty and probably the most beautiful couple in modern Hollywood. They were not only blessed with good looks, good fortune but they together were one of the most philanthropic couple. Both of these actors together as well as separately are known to give most to charity. Although they were once married to each other, the couple legally broke up in 2019. Regardless of their separation, they continue to make a change in this world.
They are believed to have given more than $8 million for charity, not to mention the work they have done for refugees, human rights, and children. This couple also adopted three children so as to provide them with a life they deserve. When Angelina adopted her first son, Maddox from Cambodia, she created Maddox Jolie Pitt Foundation which has donated more than $41 million to various charities. The donated money most came from four movie deals and selling of various photo covers of their children and wedding coverage. Since their split, Angelina has continued to make contributions to MJP Foundation but Brad has chosen to take his charity elsewhere.
With some clear-cut inclination towards Catholicism, Mel is sometimes treated harshly. Journalists and fans alike flinch when he speaks his mind accidentally uncensored… Poor Mel, many forget he is an Academy Award winning director (Braveheart) and perhaps one of the best actor and director combination that Hollywood has ever had. Mel is slowly making his comeback with the Hollywood studios and we hope to see truly epic movies coming from this extremely talented man.
However, what they do not understand is Mel Gibson is one of the most charitable celebrities we have today, the fact that he is actually giving away his money for causes that he believe in; that, he is being selfless when it comes to the money he made. Mel has a net worth of $425 million. Amongst his most notable donations are the $10 million to hospitals, $1 million to Mexico when Hurricane Stan wreaked havoc in the country. Mel Gibson is a devout Catholic so it doesn’t surprise us that he has donated north of $15 million to Catholic Churches such as the Holy Family Church in the amount $6,853,020 to the AP Reilly Foundation that he set up for such Catholic church related causes.
The last, the legend Morgan Freeman. He is famous for his acting skills, his uniquely authoritative voice, and the feel of the character he possesses. What most people don’t know is the depth of his contributions to altruistic and charitable causes. Though this man maintains, as of now, around $250 million in his keeping, his contributions are of gargantuan scale. With his RRF, he donates for the furthering of arts and education. Among his various philanthropist goals is education for every single child around the globe. Add to this his attitude towards charity: he says that he doesn’t consider what he does as charity, rather he is doing what we ought to do!
Also what many fans do not know is that this Academy Award winning actor truly understand the important role bees play in our agriculture environment and ecosystem. He recently in 2019 donated 124 acres of his private land in Mississippi to be a bee sanctuary in order to combat the decreasing numbers of bees in this country. He also bought twenty-six bee hived from Arkansas and brought them to his bee sanctuary to help them get started.“I have not ever used the beekeeping hat with my bees. They haven’t stung me yet, as right now I am not trying to harvest honey or anything, but I just feed them…I also think that they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here.”