“Wealth and success don’t make you happy” — this is not a quote from the Dalai Lama, but Leonardo DiCaprio. It is such a nice feeling to see celebrities living a normal life in humble houses, sharing their money with people in need, and not showing off. It’s good to know that being rich didn’t spoil them.
We respect humble people who know that money is not their first priority and would love to share some celebrities with you who support this philosophy.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016 with annual earnings of $52 million and $46 million. Despite this great income, she doesn’t blow money and is even called a “finance role model.” In one interview, she confessed that she has “always lived in a tiny rat-infested apartment in New York, or a little condo in L.A., or a normal house in Kentucky.”
Living modestly is expressed not only in saving her income, but in helping people and raising money for non-profit organizations. In 2016, she donated $2 million to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
2. Keanu Reeves
Reeves public image is very positive. He is known as a workaholic, charming, and “excruciatingly shy.” After The Matrix was released, he gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings to the people of the special effects and makeup departments. He says that money is the last thing he thinks about: “I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
Even being popular worldwide and making millions hasn’t spoiled his character. For example, in March 2019, Keanu was flying into Los Angeles when the flight got diverted to Bakersfield. He didn’t wait for the plane to get repaired, but instead arranged a van to take him and the other passengers into the city.
3. Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood is very popular because of his role as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. In 2003, this movie grossed in excess of $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. The actor could’ve gotten spoiled with fame and money, but that didn’t happen. In the interview, he says that one of the most important life lessons for him is humility and that one of the most expensive things that he bought was audio equipment for his home.
“I was always taking care of other people, thinking about their feelings and not my own,” Elijah said. And those aren’t just words. He does amazing charity work and never forgets about people who are in need.