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The People Who Gave it All Away To Have A Simple Life

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Simple and Frugal Living | 0 comments

​Nowadays, not only we are bombarded with information of all kinds, but we are also swamped with goods and items, most of which we don’t need. We are often encouraged to buy things that will supposedly make our lives easier, but they further complicate it instead. In an attempt to encourage you to hold on to what matters at Paul’s Removals, we made a list of people who thought having too much is not worth it in the end, removed themselves from the limelight and gave their fortune away in order to have a a simple and frugal life, or to be in service of others! Charles “Chuck” Feeney Coming from a modest background and raised in New Jersey during the Great Depression, Chuck Feeney enrolled at Cornell University where “his flair for business was discovered”. Together with another Cornell University alumni, Miller, Feeney started selling different goods to duty free – without tax. Not long after that, the two partners established DFS – Duty Free Shoppers, which became a global retail giant. Feeney’s wealth was estimated at around $1,3 billion, but as he stated it himself he didn’t want “money to consume his life”. He gave away a huge chunk, 38%, of his share in DFS to a charitable organization he established, the “Atlantic Philantropies”.  He always believed he earned his wealth only to be able to help people, and after all he has accomplished he still wears a $15 watch and owns neither a home, nor a car. Dave Chapelle A well-known and loved American comedian, Dave removed himself out of the limelight, turned his back on the multi-million dollar contract he had at the time, and disappeared in South Africa for a while. He moved back to the States where he now lives with his family in rural Ohio, where he ownes 65-acre farm, never to return to show business again. In his own words: “Turns out you don’t need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you.” Zell Kravinsky When the Philadelphia teacher Zell Kravinsky borrowed some money to buy a property, he probably didn’t expect to end up with a property portfolio worth tens of millions of dollars. He earned a huge fortune, which would’ve allowed him to do whatever he wanted and move wherever he pleased, instead he slowly gave it away to health care organisations and charities and in 2003 he donated his own kidney to a complete stranger. That’s selfless and brave!   Syd Barrett As a founding member and a promising song-writer for Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett’s removal from the show business was a shocker to all fans of the band. As reported, after he left the band in its prime, Barrett continued to write songs for some time, before he fully removed himself from the public eye, moving to Cambridge where he lived with his mother for a while and spend 30 years gardening, painting, cycling and trying to live a life as low-key as possible. Manute Bol Famous for his height (231 cm or 7 ft 7 in) and exceptionally long limbs, a lot of people know Manute was one of NBA’s all time shot blockers. Some believe he killed a lion with his bare hands, but these are not even the achievements. Little is known, that Bol gave his life for freedom. Money is known to change people and rarely for the better. According to Edgar Bronfman “to turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable.” Manute Bol had every chance and good reason to...

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