Fame is not always easy to handle. Many people anticipate what you will do next, and extreme fans may build their whole life around your attitude. All famous people know that their voice is very powerful, but the thing is – they’re human as well. They also make mistakes and don’t always try to be perfect or even to do the right thing. Some celebrities become so popular that they can’t find a way to handle the fact that they ‘belong’ to the public. These types of celebs usually form bad habits, and turn to alcohol and drugs for comfort, making them really bad role-models.
However, there are famous people who never get overwhelmed by the price of fame, and don’t mind the outrageous amount of publicity because they have nothing to hide. Exposing their personal life just proves to the fans that they’re exceptional people. Whether it’s donating a large sum of money or personally going and helping people who are in need of assistance, these ten celebrities have surely found a way to change the lives of thousands of people around the world. They all share the same mission – make the world a better place and inspire the next generation to do the same.
10 Matt Damon
Matt Damon is a very successful actor who rose to prominence after he co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting. After receiving numerous awards and earning more than $75 million, Matt decided to use his power and money to do something good. He’s known for his charitable work, starting his non-governmental organization, H2O Africa Foundation, in 2006. The organization merged with WaterPartners three years later, and Water.org was born. Water.org is a nonprofit organization with the goal to provide aid to places that don’t have safe drinking water. Damon is also a supporter of the ONE Campaign, which has a goal to fight poverty and AIDS in Third World countries. Apart from that, Matt is also a spokesperson for Feeding America, as well as an ambassador for the ONEXONE nonprofit organization.
9 Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is a popular actress and comedian, notable for her work on Saturday Night Live, as well as her lead role in the TV sitcom Parks and Recreation. However, Amy used the fame she gained to create a community that offers young women a healthy alternative to developing bad habits just so they would ‘fit in’ among today’s society. The organization is called Smart Girls at the Party, and it encourages girls to be themselves and not be afraid to always show who they really are. Amy Poehler’s goal with this organization is to prove that any woman can change the world by being herself, no matter if she’s famous or not.
Shakira is a very charming and talented singer from Colombia. She began doing music at the age of 13, and released two albums before eventually releasing her major-label debut in 1995, when she was 17 years old. Two years later, she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to make education available for everyone in Haiti, South Africa, and Colombia. She also used her musical talents numerous times throughout her career in order to perform at benefit concerts. Shakira is also known for being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
7 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most significant actors and film producers of our time. He’s known for his outstanding performances in a large variety of film genres. He started his acting career at the age of 15, and now has a net worth of $220 million. However, he is known for spending his money in a good way. Namely, Leonardo is a famous and committed environmentalist, and is even a United Nations representative in the field of climate change. After the earthquake in Haiti, DiCaprio made a generous donation of $1 million to the people affected by this tragedy. Leonardo is also known for being a gay rights activist.
6 Nicole Kidman
This popular Australian actress and film producer began her acting career at the age of 16. She managed to reach a worldwide audience during the 1990s, and has since been regarded as one of the best in the business. She currently has an estimated net worth of around $130 million and is one of the most recognized celebrities in the world, but uses those two things in order to do some good. Over the last several years, Nicole Kidman has done a lot for numerous disadvantaged children from around the globe. She’s also known to be a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and has received the ‘Citizen of the World’ award by the United Nations in 2004.
5 Jackie Chan
A cultural icon and a very talented actor, Jackie Chan started acting since he was a kid and has since appeared in more than 150 movies. He currently has a net worth of $140 million, and while he does spend a portion of that money on his luxurious lifestyle (like buying a $30 million private jet); he’s still one of the most notable celebrity philanthropists today. Apart from acting, he also owns a large number of businesses, like restaurant chains, cafés, a clothing line, a film production and distribution company, gyms, and more. A percentage of the money he makes off of these businesses goes to various charities around the world. Jackie Chan also confirmed that half of his assets will go to charity once he dies.
4 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is a popular actress and fashion model that rose to prominence after starring in a few movies in the late 1990s. She was born and raised in South Africa, but also managed to become a United States citizen in 2007. She currently has a net worth of $110 million, and uses her name to try and make the world a better place. She started a nonprofit organization, The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, in 2007, with the goal of helping the youth in Africa stay safe from AIDS. One year later, Charlize was named the United Nations Messenger of Peace. She is a member of PETA, and is also involved in several organizations for women’s rights.
With a net worth of around $600 million, Bono is undoubtedly one of the most successful musicians today. He is known as the frontman of the band U2, but also makes his money being a venture capitalist and businessman. However, his philanthropic work is maybe even more known than his music and business career. Bono constantly tries to improve the lives of people living in Third World countries. He’s also known for helping raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic in Africa, as well as other dangerous diseases in the continent. He is involved in a lot of nonprofit organizations, and is recognized all across the globe for making the world a better place.
2 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is known as an incredibly talented actress and a dedicated humanitarian. She starred in some movies during the 1990s, but became really popular in 2001, when she starred in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The movie was filmed in Cambodia, where she saw the poor living conditions of the citizens for the first time, which influenced her to do start helping people around the world. She started going to refugee camps across the globe and began donating millions to them. She also funded several educational and medical facilities for children around the world, and does a lot of humanitarian work with her husband Brad Pitt as well. Angelina is also a notable women’s rights activist.
1 Oprah Winfrey
With a net worth of $3 billion, Oprah certainly has the financial power to do anything she wants. However, this respected philanthropist and talk show host has always proved that her main goal is to use her fame and power to help people in need. Oprah is considered by many to be the most influential woman in the world and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She managed to give thousands of scholarships to students around the world who are committed to use that education to give back to the community. Oprah even established a boarding school for girls in South Africa, which gives impressive educational opportunities to girls who also want to make a difference in the world. We could talk about everything Oprah has done to give back to the world for hours, but to keep it short, let’s just say that the world we’re living in today wouldn’t be the same without her.