There’s a saying that goes like this: a real hero doesn’t wear a cape. Donations, advocacy and helping the less fortunate are just some actions that have made a person a celebrity hero.
With hundreds of people all over the world making a difference, who are some of the celebrity heroes that had helped humanity when it needed it most? Here are five individuals who made a difference in times of great need.
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William Henry Gates III, otherwise known as Bill Gates, has a current net worth of about $85.6 billion. Although he is referred to as a businessman and former leader of one of the largest corporations in the world, Gates is also one of the most notable philanthropists of our time and a celebrity hero.
In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was formed with the mission to tackle several global issues, including poverty, disease and lack of education. One example is the foundation’s great contribution in AIDS research, a disease responsible for more than 2.9 million deaths in 2013.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 22, 2017
Bill dedicates a huge portion of his time to being a celebrity hero because he believes may contribute something new and surprising to the world by giving them a chance.
“If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.”
LeBron James is one of the best-known basketball players of all time. Being a celebrity hero, James strongly supports the education of children in his community. In 2015, a high point in college dropouts and tuition fees, James’ foundation partnered with the University of Akron and spent a total of about $41.8 million to provide 1,100 teens with a four-year scholarship. James found it important to give back to his town of Akron since most kids don’t even think about college, especially when he grew up there.
Akron, OH!! Best city in the WORLD!! Catch up
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 22, 2010
“You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school, and then you never think past that because either it’s not possible or your family’s not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college.”
Chance the Rapper
Like LeBron James, Chance the Rapper is Chicago’s very own hometown celebrity hero. With the Windy City having some of the most underfunded public schools in the country, Chance decided to take matters into his own hands.
After meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss Chicago public schools, Chance formed a campaign that raised more than $1 million for schools this year. Most of the money will go towards funding for arts and literature education. They will be given to Chicago schools that have suffered budget cuts and seen a decrease in graduation rates.
— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) March 6, 2017
Chance sees this act of heroism as nothing but a duty for his city.
“It is my job, just as who I am, to bring light and attention to public school funding, broken formulas and especially how it affects my hometown.”
Coffee beans are a significant resource in Ethiopia, but it has been an exploited industry for years. Farmers in the region are paid slave labor wages and can hardly afford essential needs for their families.
Those who do choose to sell independently would be given unfair trade prices that made it hard to sustain their production of beans.
When Hugh Jackman met one of these small-time coffee growers, he wanted to change the country’s entire market mentality. By starting his own coffee business, Jackman provided fair trade and opportunity for all of Ethiopia’s coffee bean farmers. He gave them the chance to profit and become successful in their work, as well as provide enough for their own families. Because of this, Jackman is a real celebrity hero of the industry.
Whether it is contributing millions of dollars to charities or donating to several causes, Oprah Winfrey is an everyday celebrity hero. One milestone of her philanthropic repertoire is delivering education to the young girls of Africa.
Winfrey did so not only with her own money but by building and creating her own school. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls was established in 2007. Students were handpicked by Winfrey from nine provinces of Southern Africa and experienced a variety of educational programs.
She has been noted to be highly committed to the academy, with many of the girls citing Winfrey as a mother figure. One graduate named Bongeka Zuma remembers starting at the academy not being able to read a book.
Zuma has now earned a Master’s degree in Oxford. Many of these girls came from a background of poverty, sexual abuse, and other traumatic experiences, but Winfrey has given them inspiration and hope for their future. A true celebrity hero.
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