Given the state of the world at the moment, the website Bahá’í Teachings has raised an appropriate question in a post from last Saturday, but one at which I bridled at first, feeling it was a bit of a paradox and that I was unlikely to find any kind of positive answer. Now I’m questioning my initial reaction. Below is a short extract: for the full post see link.
A Facebook friend asked an interesting question the other day: Which billionaire do you admire most? I had to really think about that one.
I thought about Tom Steyer, the hedge fund billionaire who has spent much of his wealth trying to work to mitigate climate change and heal our planet’s environment. I thought of Bill and Melinda Gates, who have expended a large chunk of their considerable fortune in efforts to boost the health of people around the world. I thought about Warren Buffett, the founder (with Bill and Melinda Gates) of The Giving Pledge, which commits billionaires to give away half of their wealth to worthy causes before they die. But then I remembered the inspiring story of the author J.K. Rowling, who went from being a single mother on welfare to the Forbes Magazine global list of billionaires—by writing novels! She then promptly departed that list of billionaires, thanks to her very selfless philanthropic habit of donating large amounts of money to charitable causes in England and elsewhere.
Can you think of another creative artist who’s done that? No? Me, neither.
Apparently Ms. Rowling, who famously penned the Harry Potter books and became wealthy in the process, lost her billionaire status a few years ago by a) paying her fair share of taxes, and b) giving away a considerable double-digit percentage of her wealth, which c) she continues to do. Amazing.