Whether starting their business out of their garage or in their Stanford University dorm room, most entrepreneurs have found success by traveling off the beaten path to profits. Working hard for years on end, sometimes failing along the way, it would seem that an entrepreneurs’ success is earned and well deserved.
Many have found this success with little to no financial help in the beginning. Because of this, it is not surprising to hear that many famous entrepreneurs are also philanthropic in their communities. These well-known business moguls, in particular, have made it their mission to donate their abundant resources to charitable causes.
Year after year, Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, find themselves at the top of media headlines highlighting philanthropic heroes. In 2015, they founded the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative, dedicating the couple to donate over 99% of their wealth in their lifetime. As of today, they have donated over $1.9 billion via their self-named movement from Facebook stock alone to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, along with countless other contributions to organizations close to their hearts.
Co-founder of the world’s most used search engine, Google’s Sergey Brin and his ex-wife started The Brin Wojcicki Foundation. The foundation aims to diversify it’s donations to a wide variety of non-profit organizations in categories such as education, poverty, women’s rights, and the environment, just to name a few. Notably, the couple has also made generous donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to aid in Parkinson’s research.
Mark Cuban is more than just the Dallas sports-loving co-host of the hit TV show Shark Tank. Cuban, who started his entrepreneurial journey sleeping on a floor with only $60 to his name, has started various foundations to support his philanthropic goals. The Mark Cuban Foundation focused mostly on community support in the Dallas, Texas area, but also throughout the United States. Cuban also started the Fallen Patriot Fund in 2003, providing assistance to families of those who were killed or incapacitated due to their service in the Iraq war.
The former mayor of New York City and founder of his self-named business, Michael Bloomberg took a step back from his political agenda and has since become extremely philanthropic with his endeavors. Bloomberg donates mainly to the restoration and revetment of cities across the U.S. and their government facilities.
Call it hard work or just plain luck, either way, the United States is abundant with entrepreneurial success stories. With almost unlimited resources to do so, more often you can find philanthropic entrepreneurs donating not only their wealth but also their time into changing the world.