Thursday, 21st February 2013
SIR RICHARD BRANSON PLEDGES HALF HIS FORTUNE TO CHARITY – Sir Richard Branson is one of the wealthiest British businessman with the highly successful company Virgin. The Virgin brand appears almost everywhere, from Record Stores, Record Labels, Airlines, Credit Cards and even Cola; and that is just the tip of the Virgin empire that Sir Richard has built up over the years.
I have seen many interviews with Sir Richard over the years and as an entrepreneur myself I can fully appreciate the hard work, dedication and drive that it takes in order to succeed. But to create a company and drive it to global stardom takes an entrepreneur of exceptional talent and gusto and Sir Richard certainly has all this in abundance.
There is no doubt, if you have ever watched any of this interviews that he embraces life and his businesses as both a joy and a challenge and I for one would challenge anyone to say that Sir Richard is not an incredible individual.
It comes as no surprise that Sir Richard has joined the plethora of other high net worth captains of industry by pledging a large proportion of his personal wealth to charity. Sir Richard has announced that he will pledge 50% of all his personal wealth to a number of charities over the coming years.
Sir Richard joins other bastions of industry and commerce including one of the first to pledge such wealth to charity, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.
In the wake of Bill Gates pledge we have seen other take the same view that the money they have accumulated can do far more good than simply fueling their own desires and these remarkable people include; Warren Buffet and recently Mark Zuckerberg.
This trend of pledging vast sums of money to charities, by some of the wealthiest people in the world is heartwarming. People, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg and now Sir Richard Branson are able to look beyond their personal needs and look towards a future for the people of this planet.
I have often been of the mindset, as an entrepreneur (although not a successful one yet) that I too would pledge my wealth. The truth is that anyone individual can only spend so much. How many cars do you need to own, is having the largest Super Yacht the most important thing in life? For many very wealthy people the answer would be yes, and that’s because they cannot see beyond their own needs – or refuse to do so.
However, with the growing trend of pledging from the people above, it is clear that not everyone looks at life as just a way to get what they want and ignore the real problems around you.
While all of these people are extremely wealthy, they have also work extremely hard for it, and no one can take away the fact that they are remarkable, not just because of what they have created in wealth but by the fact that they are willing to use that wealth for the greater good.