If you have a problem, money can usually solve it. For those of us who aren’t exceedingly wealthy, it takes quite a bit of effort to save up your dollars. Even then sometimes we get dealt a bad hand, or nobody wants to give us a job.
It’s a good thing that there are exceedingly wealthy people out there who feel for our plight. A long list of rich folks are willing to give out money to individuals in need if we ask. Now that I’ve given you hope, let’s look at who they are.
Lives in: Paris, France
Chairman and Chief Executive of Luis Vuitton SE, Arnault is the richest man in Europe. He oversees several other brands and contributes to charitable causes that he admires. In April, 2020, Arnault pledged around $220 million to restore the Parisian Notre Dame Cathedral after it was ravaged by a fire.
Lives in: Woodside, California USA
Ellison got rich by cofounding Oracle, the software firm, in 1977. Today Ellison is chairman of the board and chief technology officer, and his net worth is in the billions. Ellison is famous for his pledge of $200 million for a center for cancer treatment at the University of Southern California, and if you can believe it, he’s got more where that came from.
Lives in: Omaha, Nebraska USA
Buffett also has a net worth in the billions, and he runs Berkshire Hathaway which owns several famously wealthy companies. Not surprisingly, Buffett bought his first share of stock when he was eleven years old. He co-launched the ‘giving pledge’ with Bill Gates, vowing to give away over half of his wealth to charity.
Lives in: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Known for the founding of Amazon, Bezos has a 16% stake and remains CEO of the company (though he plans to give 4% stake to his wife Mackenzie upon their divorce). Bezos set up a $2 billion fund to aid homeless individuals and fund better education in areas lacking support.
Lives in: Medina, Washington USA
As the founder of Microsoft, Gates has grown extremelyrich in his lifetime. Gates and his wife, Melinda, cofounded the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which happens to be the world’s largest private charitable foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation works to aid global health efforts, eliminate polio and protect human lives in danger.
Lives in: Palo Alto, California USA
After beginning Facebook as a 19-year-old college student, Zuckerberg struck it rich and retains 15% of the company’s stock. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are intent on giving away 99% of their stake in Facebook before their deaths.
Lives in: San Francisco, California USA
Feeney is famous for trying to give all his money away. As a cofounder of the Duty Free Shoppers Group, Feeney got rich quick but continued to live a frugal life style. Feeney transferred all of his stake in the Duty Free Shoppers Group to his foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, back in 1984.
Lives in: Palo Alto, California USA
Tim Cook, current Apple CEO, has a net worth of around $650 million and a record of charitable donations. Cook donated 23,000 shares of Apple stock in 2018 and has installed a company-wide donation matching nonprofit program to fight AIDS, increase diversity in the technology industry and provide funds to hospitals.
Lives in: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Turner has a net worth in the billions, like many on this list, and he’s taken the Giving Pledge in orderto donate at least half of his wealth to charity. As chair of the Turner Foundation Inc., Turner provides money to aiding and restoring American natural environments and their animal inhabitants.
Lives in: London, UK
J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is both super wealthy and super charitable. To support Eastern European children in need, Rowling created a foundation called Lumos. She also created a foundation called the Volant Charitable Trust, which aids women and children in Scotland.
Lives in: Chicago, Illinois USA
Winfrey was North America’s first black multi-billionaire after starting her own production company and talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Clearly Winfrey is dedicated to charitable giving, having created the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. This foundation supports various not-for-profit, educationally-dedicated organizations.
Lives in: Burbank, California USA
Thanks to several film and television roles, DeGeneres has made a name and lots of wealth for herself. She still stars in The Ellen DeGeneres Showon which she hosts various celebrity guests. DeGeneres has openly supported over 50 charities of various causes.
Lives in: Katonah, New York USA
A successful businessman, Soros has earned billions of dollars by working jobs at merchant banks and opening hedge funds. Soros has donated over $32 billion to his charitable organization Open Society Foundations which supports civil society groups across the globe. Causes important to Soros are global justice, the advancement of education and aiding public health systems.
These are some direct ways to contact the aforementioned millionaires and millionaires. Don’t forget, though, that these individuals often have social media accounts like twitter. By mentioning or directly messaging these individuals on social media, you have a chance of going viral for your cause and eventually being noticed.
|Millionaire / Billionaire||Contact Info|
|Chuck Feeney||Chuck's LinkedIn|
|J. K. Rowlingemail@example.com|
|Oprah Winfrey||Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) · Twitter|
Famous, rich people get a ton of emails every day. What makes you so special that you’ll get a response? And what about social media—why would they respond to you there?
Well, that’s a good question, and one that shouldn’t be neglected. Here’s how to answer it.
This is where you need a good answer. Rich people want to spend money on people who need it, not just people who really, really want it.
Or do you have a sick family member? Tell your potential sponsor exactly what the problem is. Keep in mind that sometimes, with illness or disability, you don’t need to directly email a rich person for financial assistance. Many of the rich individuals previously mentioned have foundations, and you or your friend or family member might qualify to be supported by one of these. Contact various foundations for more information.
Okay, they’re listening. But remember: you’re not just any person without a place to live — you’re driven. You have the potential to become successful. You need a little funding and then you can pay them back. You’re an investment. And you promise, you won’t let them down.
· Hoping to get an education but unable to afford it?
This is like being homeless and in want of a job. You’re an investmentfor the wealthy person that you’re trying to contact. Same goes for hoping to get money to start a business. Sell your potential to the rich person you’re talking to. You can get rich and pay back the loan.
If you don’t fall into one of these categories—though I’m sure there are other, perfectly valid reasons to contact wealthy individuals for money that I haven’t listed—your chances are likely slim. Still, if you do a good job explaining and justifying your reason for desiring money, you might get the rich person’s attention.
· Make sure you’re polite and professional.
Yes, you want to be yourself, and you can even incorporate humor into your email or letter or post on social media. However, you don’t want to seem like you don’t care about the request you’re making.
Use intelligent words with a conversational, personal tone. For example, don’t say something like:
“Hey J.K., please wire me over some money. I’m broke.”
Say something closer to:
“Dear Ms. Rowling, Thank you for reading my email. My name is (whatever your name is) and I am (whatever your situation is: sick, homeless, in need of help with an ailing family member). I have always admired you for your tenacity…” et cetera. I’m sure you get the gist.
· State your request in a concise manner ( no more than once!)
You don’t want to be pushy. If you persistently beg the person that you’re contacting for their money, you might come off as entitled or as if you don’t think that this wealthy person is, in fact, a person.
Unless you’re using social media, in which case it might be important to tweet at a celebrity several times before they are able to see your messages, don’t repeat your request in your email. For example, don’t say:
“Please give me money to start a business. I really need your money to start my new business. It’s very important that I get your money to start my business.”
Say something like:
“I am writing to you to request $1,500 so that I may kickstart my non-profit, Doggy Dog Savers. This non-profit will take in stray dogs all over the greater London area and provide them with clean housing and fresh food and water. Doggy Dog Savers aims to hire a competent staff capable of handling dogs of all breeds. I already manage the business Catty Cat Savers, which demonstrates my ability to grow as a business owner and…” et cetera.
If you have a valid cause and an impressive way of delivering your request, you have a higher chance of receiving help from wealthy individuals. Remember to check whether your cause may be funded by one of these wealthy individuals’ foundations, because that saves you the trouble of trying to get a hold of the individuals themselves. It’s easy enough to do a quick google search for the contact information of individuals not listed in this article, so feel free to try that if my suggestions fail you. Best of luck!