Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - One of the wealthiest people on earth just announced he's giving all his money to charity - "an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith"

  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 8:23 AM GMT
    One of the wealthiest people on earth just announced he's giving all his money to charity.

    This is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. He's CRAZY rich. Like, wealthier-than-the-entire-country-of-Paraguay rich.

    He's the 60-year-old nephew of Saudi Arabia's royal leader, King Salman. And he has $32 billion.

    In case you're wondering, Forbes pegs him as the 34th wealthiest human on the planet.

    The prince has given billions of dollars to various philanthropic efforts. His foundation has supported projects in 92 countries around the globe!

    And this week, he just stepped up his charity game even more.
    On July 1, 2015, Alwaleed announced he's giving away his entire $32 billion fortune to charity.

    http://www.upworthy.com/one-of-the-wealthiest-people-on-earth-just-announced-hes-giving-all-his-money-to-charity?c=ufb1
  • metta

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    Jul 05, 2015 8:26 AM GMT
    http://www.alwaleedphilanthropies.org/
  • metta

    Posts: 39165

    Jul 05, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
    “Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith. With this pledge, I am honoring my life-long commitment to what matters most – helping to build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for generations to come,” says Prince Alwaleed.


    http://www.alwaleedphilanthropies.org/prince-alwaleed-pledges-his-wealth-philanthropy-32b-groundbreaking-gift-dedicated-philanthropy
  • Lincsbear

    Posts: 2605

    Jul 05, 2015 4:30 PM GMT
    A remarkable man, to give all his earthly wealth to charity. I think philanthropic giving is one of the basic tenets of Islam, along with Judaism and Christianity, maybe even a specific figure. All three religions tend to focus on the poor/needy, etc. My father was associated with a small church that saw such giving as essential to their faith; indeed, more than just giving money, but also your personal time and effort.
    I think all pious people have some sense of earthly means deriving ultimately from god, and therefore not theirs to do with as they absolutely feel or think so, but rather it should go to those who most need it.