Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Patriotic Millionaires Doing Their Share For America

Money is nothing more than paper. What is done with that money, however, is what matters. Today, there are more than 3 million millionaires in the country, many of them sharing their wealth with their fellow Americans.

Here are the top ten most patriotic millionaires:

1) Warren Buffett

Although technically a billionaire, Buffett, the richest man in the world on many occasions, has given away over $45 billion dollars, nearly all of his wealth, to charitable causes in the last few years.

2) Oprah Winfrey

The Queen of TV (and everything else) has given money to disaster victims, single mothers, schools and started every charity imaginable.

3) Phil Knight

In 2006, the Nike owner gave the largest school donation in history to Stanford University. Few have flown the flags of philanthropy as often as Knight.

4) Bernard Osher

Osher, a self-made millionaire in the financial world, has donated over $800 million in his life to educational and social services.

5) Michael J. Fox

The television star has raised over $100 million dollars to fight Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder that affects 500,000 people in America.

6) Garth Brooks

The country king has given benefit concerts, made hospital visits and played for the troops – all without monetary reimbursement.

7) Veronica Atkins

The widow of Dr. Atkins, this woman has given away millions to obesity and diabetes education and training.

8) George Lucas

The Star Wars creator has ensured the continued interest in arts and science by donating large sums of his wealth to schools and libraries.

9) Larry Stewart

Known as the Secret Santa, Stewart, a cable television millionaire, gave away over $1.3 million dollars in the form of $100 dollar bills in envelopes.

10) Dana White

The outspoken president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is known to, on a whim, write checks to hospitals, schools and patriotism organizations.

These ten people have certainly made a difference for America.

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