Good vs. Evil
Celebrities, CEOs, and other generally successful people have one think in common: Fame. With fame comes wealth. A lot of wealth. What celebrities and CEOs do with their excess dough can reveal a lot about them, their ethics, and their lifestyles. It’s pretty standard for celebrities to have multiple vacation homes, wear the nicest fashion, and attend the highest-caliber events, but what about the leftover money that they continue to pull in from their companies, performances, and releases?
Check out which celebrities and CEOs decide to give back and which ones are more willing to horde their exorbitant wealth for themselves.
Papa John’s Pizza vs. Little Caesars
No matter which way you slice it, John H. Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, just doesn’t match up with Little Caesars’ CEO, Mike Ilitch, when it comes to charity.
While Schnatter openly opposed the Affordable Care Act and threatened to raise pizza prices on customers to keep shareholders happy, Ilitch was secretly paying Rosa Park’s rent for years before she passed away. He also ran a charity for the homeless that was recognized by multiple presidents and received the Secrataries Award for his philanthropic work with veterans.
Bill Gates and Donald Trump both have their roots in money-making empires and have both become extremely wealthy, but what they’ve done with their money sets them apart.
Bill Gates founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to globally enhance healthcare, reduce poverty, and expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. As of May 16th, 2013, Gates had donated $28 billion to the foundation.
On the other hand, Donald Trump has been called the “least charitable billionaire in America” by The Smoking Gun. Although, he has a charitable foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, he is not even the biggest donor to the foundation, only giving $3.7 million to the campaign. Plus, the charity has only spent $5 million on charitable projects, according to Viral Planet Extra.