“If you’re working to help others or make the world better you’ll be a lot happier than if all you’re doing is trying to make things better for yourself…Because the real greatest joy and satisfaction of all, I think, is helping others.”
For the first time, the Forbes 400 members were ranked not just on their total wealth and on how self-made they are, but also on their generosity. Members were scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most philanthropic.
Ted Turner scored a maximum of 5 out of 5 for his work “protecting and restoring America’s natural environments.” View his full profile here.
In 2016, Ted Turner received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy at the Forbes Summit on Philanthropy, “Moonshots — Big Bets for Social Change.” The event brought together 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and business leaders for a critical discussion on how to apply wealth and resources to solve today’s most intractable problems.
“This award is a real honor, as philanthropy continues to be one of the great passions of my life. Over the years, witnessing what giving can do through my foundations – the UN Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Turner Foundation, has provided me with more satisfaction than I can put into words,” said Ted Turner. “I look forward to continuing my philanthropic efforts, and urge my peers to do the same.”