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Success B al an ce THE BALANCING ACT The world’s wealthiest philanthropists share their views on life, success and finding balance, one good deed at a time. CO M PI LE D BY F R A N C E S C A C R UZ ELI BROAD American Entrepreneur Networth: $7.4 billion Donations to date: $3.9 billion Life Lesson: “Who you spend your life with, more than how you spend it, is the most important decision you can make. Do it right. That’s the best advice I can give you.” AZIM PREMJI Indian Business Tycoon Networth: $19.5 billion Donations to date: $2.2 billion Life Lesson: “You cannot have a society where you spend more than you earn. I mean, it’s just fundamentally not viable in the long run. Life is about balance.” SIR LI KA-SHING Hong Kong Business Magnate Networth: $37.7 billion Donations to date: $2.56 billion Life Lesson: “It doesn’t matter how strong or capable you are; if you don’t have a big heart, you will not succeed. If you have, you must give.” CARLOS SLIM HELÚ Mexican Magnate Networth: $70.7 billion Donations to date: $2 billion Life Lesson: “Live the present intensely and fully, do not let the past be a burden, and let the future be an incentive. Each person forges his or her own destiny.” GEORGE SOROS Hungarian American Investor Networth: $8 billion Donations to date: $18 billion Life Lesson: “It’s not whether you’re right or wrong, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much money you lose when you’re wrong.” PIERRE MORAD OMIDYAR French Entrepreneur, Founder of eBay Networth: $9.3 billion Donations to date: $1 billion Life Lesson: “If somebody does something nice for you, wouldn’t it be nice in this world if we could actually start recognizing that? Gratitude is a part of success.” 38