My immediate answer would be to make a difference in the life of people, but I notice so many initiatives around the world and I don't know if all of these actually touch the problem on helping impoverished or uneducated masses.
25 years ago people spoke of helping underdeveloped and developing countries, for the past many years there have been numerous initiatives, spending etc. But does anyone feel like things are more or less that same in those places? That the initiatives and their efforts are not meeting their goals either due to cultural barriers or governments in those countries?
Think of this hypothetical question for a while - if you even have $1 billion you can by 5000 Lamborghini Gallardos, or start 2000 fancy casinos, or buy every fancy dress you want, eat at your favorite restaurant everyday or buy 100 nice islands for yourself or have 100 private jets or buy your own cruise liner. You can travel anywhere you want, see everything you want. What's left to do now? You still have $4 billion left. What would you use all that money for? Let's say you have no family.
Most Helpful Girl
I would probably get a couple degrees because I like school and there are so many courses I want to take in university that I can't afford to take currently. I'd also donate money to the mission and Peta as well as other charities I support. I'd also travel the world. There is an arts school that is dear to me that I'd donate a bunch of money to as well. And then I'd live a life of luxury while working as an osteologist so Id have something to stress me out because I function on stress. In my will, if I had no family, I'd donate the remaining money to build schools and dig wells in third world countries and have a plain funeral because I don't want anything extravagant.0
Most Helpful Guy
I'm not a very materialistic person, so I could easily make due with only a few of these things for myself. I do admit I have a love for big mansions, so I'd probably get one or two of those. And I would love to travel a lot. But cars, yachts, private jets? Meh, that just sounds decadent to me.
As for other people in this world: I don't believe in charities. The problem with charities is that the money you donate rarely ends up where you'd like it to end up. Instead, I would combine my philanthropy with my love for traveling and visit those poor countries myself. I would love to found well-equipped schools and hospitals in remote or poverty-ridden regions, so that more people get access to these things. I would also like to found special schools for girls in countries such as Iraq or Somalia where women are oppressed and often withheld from any decent education. With my money, I could build those schools in a way that would protect the girls' safety and of course I would hire lots of security guards, to make terrorist attacks virtually impossible (terrorists really hate girls' schools). The schools would give off the atmosphere of fancy private schools but they would be free for all those children.
And finally, one more thing that is very dear to me is clean, safe, drinkable water. I am extremely blessed, coming from Switzerland (often nicknamed the "water-castle of Europe"). I can drink chlorine-free, bug-free spring water directly from the mountains out of my tap. Unfortunately, billions of people in the world aren't so privileged. They have to drink whatever they get their hands on. And it gets worse than that: evil multi-national companies such as Nestlé or CocaCola buy up tons of natural springs in Africa and Central Asia. These are springs that have always been public and are absolutely vital for the communities nearby. Without these springs, the people living there don't have any water, can't grow their crops and die. Nestlé and CocaCola (and others) buy up those springs, privatize them and sell that water in plastic bottles for horrendous prices that none of the poor people in those communities can pay. With 5 billion USD, I think I'd have enough cash to fight those companies legally or to at least find other ways of bringing the water back to those communities...0