According to the United Nations, there are 19.5 million refugees around the world. Most of them are poor and in need of support. What most people don’t hear about are the ultra-rich who can easily buy their way into a new life abroad. In the US, for example, foreigners who invest $500,000 in a US business can get a permanent residency visa.
When he turned 60, Indian billionaire Kochouseph Chittilappilly wanted to do something big. He had a vision of a kidney donation chain. And the chain would start with him. Some said it was a publicity stunt. Others thought he was joking and wouldn’t actually go through with it. His wife told him to avoid the health risks and just donate money. Kochouseph was serious, and he did go through with it.
Chuck Feeney lives a very modest life. He no longer owns a house or even a car. It’s a far cry from the days when he was worth $8 billion. Chuck was born during the Great Depression, a time of belt-tightening poverty for much of the country. Chuck grew up in a tough Irish-American neighborhood in New Jersey. His mother was a nurse whose life mission was to help others. She was a shining example to Chuck.
When something seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true at all. The story of Karl Rabeder who was once a millionaire, is one of those stories. He had a nice house, fancy cars and he stayed in expensive, five star hotels. But one day, he decided to give it all up. Well, at least that’s what he claimed to do.