The Disgustingly Rich…Or Not?

Today I am sharing a blog post written by the very beautiful Dawn Yang about the world’s richest people. I thought it was a very honest and enlightening piece. Somehow we are accustomed to view the super-rich as being greedy, cunning, manipulative and the like to get to where they are. But really, they wouldn’t have made it without the right amount of wisdom and sound judgement.

Money makes the world go round. Many of us spend pretty much of our lives earning more and more of it. Take away that factor, you start to realise and live the true purpose in life. To give. Just like how these billionaires do.

Have a good weekend! 🙂

The Disgustingly Rich…Or Not

Forbes released it’s 2011 list of the World’s Richest People recently.

It’s interesting to note that for our Asian region, China may have passed India in its number of billionaires, but India still has bragging rights as home of the richest. Ten of Asia’s top 25 are Indian. Hong Kong and Japan each have five. Mainland China has just one.

For the single and hunting, there is even a list of the Most Eligible Billionaires. LOL!

But what should grab our attention, besides the mind-boggling number of digits in these billionaires’ net worth, is that many of these super wealthy are giving back to society and helping those less well off.

Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and Warren Buffet started The Giving Pledge in an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families to commit majority of their fortunes to philanthropy, either during their lifetime or after death.

So far 59 Americans have signed up, including George Lucas, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN media mogul Ted Turner and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. I’m sure many of the rest of the world’s richest are doing their parts for charity too in other ways.

May these quotes from famous billionaires, encourage us to contribute to worthwhile causes as well in whatever way we can because every little bit goes a long way. After all, hoarding money does not make life more joyful, neither can we take money to the grave.

 “Passing down fortunes from generation to generation can do irreparable harm. In addition, there is no way to spend a fortune. How many residences, automobiles, airplanes and luxury items can one acquire and use?”
– Herb and Marion Sandler, former Co-CEOs of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank

“People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done”
– Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

“Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance”
– British entrepreneur Richard Branson

“Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? IF we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved”
– Microsoft founder Bill Gates”

“If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%”
– American industrialist Warren Buffet

“My father used to say, ‘ You can spend a lot of time making money. The tough time comes when you have to give it away properly.’ How to give something back, that’s the tough part in life.”
– Lee Iacocca, former president and CEO of Chrysler Corporation.

“Wealth is like water. If you have a glass of water, you drink it yourself. If you have a bucket of water, you keep it in your house. But when you have a river, you have to learn to share it.”
– Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao

The poorest person is the one who only has money.
God bless guys! 🙂

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14 comments on “The Disgustingly Rich…Or Not?

  1. Kristin Brænne says:

    ★★★★★

  2. vixter2010 says:

    Good thoughts – I think the rich should share and think about world issues so good one those people for doing that! Love this line: The poorest person is the one who only has money.

  3. Beth Ann says:

    I was just telling another blogger the other day that I feel that to those who much has been given much is expected. I don’t think that refers only to financial blessings either. I think that we all have a “duty” to give of ourselves and our gifts wherever we can. I know that not everyone has financial resources like these folks in the article but we can all do something in our little corner of the world. It was nice to read all of those quotes. Thanks for sharing!

  4. D... says:

    The wealthy people I have known only think about money, and they do feel better than everyone else. I am less inclined to believe that these people genuinely feel so generous, I tend to think it’s a PR thing combined with a tax write off. Man that sounds really pessimistic. I remember I was talking to someone and they were going on about their expensive car and how they feel good that they can look around and know that everyone is jealous of them. It was truly a gross statement.

    • Tien says:

      I understand what you mean. I haven’t had friends who are that rich to judge but I do know a couple who is just a wee bit well off and behaves similarly. While I can’t deny that their generosity may be associated with PR tactics and tax rebates (it’s a smart thing to do)….though I do hope that is not the case and that they sincerely mean what they quote about giving… Thanks for sharing Danielle 🙂

  5. Margie says:

    I think there are many kinds of rich people, and it is unfair to paint them all with the same brush. There are good and kind people who are rich, just as there are cruel and uncaring people who are poor.
    Regardless of the personalities of the rich, without them, many people would be unemployed…

  6. Beth Ann says:

    Tien, I love Biscuit on your site!! How on earth did you get that widget?? I love it!

  7. Jaclyn Rae says:

    I love these quotes. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing this, Tien.

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