May 19th, 2016
Episode 529 of 836 episodes
We look at the growing influence of the world of philanthropy in global giving. Statistics indicate philanthropy by super-rich individuals is greater than ever before. Some of the world's most wealthy, from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, are pledging huge slices of their billions to make the world a better place. Good news perhaps, and maybe just as well given the growing sway of the super-rich in our economies. But, is being a well-known philanthropist, secretly a smart bit of self-promotion? One entrepreneur, Blake Mycoskie, founder of Tom's Shoes, describes how his philanthropy helps sell his product. Another businessman, the Hong Kong-based James Chen, chairman of Wahum Holdings, describes his efforts to develop more of a philanthropic culture among Chinese billionaires. And we debate the question of accountability. The billions being spent by rich foundations is surely a force for good over all, but how accountable is the work of these organisations? The art and the politics of doing good. (Photo: A boy plays soccer barefoot in Nairobi's Soweto slum. Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
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