If there are people ready to do anything to become rich, even if it means doing shit or ending up stingy, others do not have the same concerns. Because yes, there are still people for whom ethics and kindness are always worth more than a big pile of money. It’s always good to remember that they exist, so here’s a top on these fanatics well in all respects.
1. Journalist Victor Castanet refused 15 million from Orpea to stop his investigation
- 1 1. Journalist Victor Castanet refused 15 million from Orpea to stop his investigation
- 2 2. A septuagenarian refused 40 million for the purchase of his campsite
- 3 3. A high school student refused 8 million dollars to buy his site on the Covid-19
- 4 4. The Patagonia brand donated Trump’s 10 million to environmental associations
- 5 5. A couple refuses to sell their house to a golf club, no matter what the price.
- 6 6. Mathematician Grigori Perelman refused 1 million out of recognition for another mathematician
- 7 7. George Clooney refused to shoot a commercial for $35 million.
- 8 8. Singer Gotye refused to monetize the music video for Somebody that I Used to Know
- 9 9. Robin Hobb has long turned down big money for the adaptation of The Royal Assassin
- 10 10. The ZZ Tops turned down a million dollar offer to shave their beards.
The Ehpad Orpea group has been in the sauce since the investigation into its account, The Gravediggers, was published and relayed by all the media. The book reveals many cases of elder abuse and failures on the part of the leaders of the group. Inevitably, Orpea would have preferred to do without this very bad publicity. It is therefore without great surprise – but with great disgust – that we learned from the mouth of Victor Castanet, author of Gravediggers, that the group had tried to make him abandon his investigation by offering him 15 million euros. The journalist refused, and that’s very nice because, all the same, 15 million would surely have made a lot of people flinch.
2. A septuagenarian refused 40 million for the purchase of his campsite
Roger Pla is a 73-year-old man who owns a campsite in the Pyrénées-Orientales. He was made an offer of 40 million to buy back his campsite, but Roger Pla refused. According to him, he already has what it takes to live until his death, so he already considers himself rich. And rather than making money in an indecent way, he preferred to create a foundation which will take care of camping after his death and which will use the dividends to finance solidarity, heritage and environmental actions. Frankly, it is applauded.
3. A high school student refused 8 million dollars to buy his site on the Covid-19
At the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, Avi Schiffmann, a 17-year-old American high school student, created a site to list the number of cases and the evolution of the thing. Kind of like our handy Covid Tracker. His site ended up racking up 30 million daily users, which of course attracted some money-hungry people. Avi Schiffmann was even offered an offer of 8 million dollars to resell his site, but he refused. According to him, he didn’t need all that money at 17, and on top of that he had no desire to become a profiteer. The guy has exemplary mental strength.
4. The Patagonia brand donated Trump’s 10 million to environmental associations
In 2018, the Trump administration made a tax giveaway of around $10 million to clothing brand Patagonia. Patagonia, in opposition to Trump’s climatosceptism, did not want to keep this money and pledged to donate everything to associations that act in favor of the environment. In addition to that, the brand donates 1% of its turnover to the association each year. 1% for the planet. True commitment as we like it.
5. A couple refuses to sell their house to a golf club, no matter what the price.
Retirees who own a house worth $260,000 in the United States receive offers every year from Augusta National, a golf club that wants to buy their house to use as a parking lot. With each refusal, the offer increases until it reaches at least $1.2 million, but the couple continues to decline. For them, “money isn’t everything”, and even if it’s easier to say that when you have 80 brooms rather than 20, we think it’s beautiful.
6. Mathematician Grigori Perelman refused 1 million out of recognition for another mathematician
In 2000, the Clay Institute of Mathematics published 7 mathematical problems deemed impossible to solve and promised a prize as well as a million dollars to each person who first solved one of the problems. For the moment, only one of the problems, the Poincaré Conjecture, was solved in 2002. The author of this exploit is Grigori Perelman, a very discreet and solitary Russian mathematician who has always refused to teach despite all the proposals received from prestigious universities. And this good Grigori refused both to receive the prize awarded by Clay as well as the promised million euros. He said he relied on the work of Hamilton, an American mathematician, and therefore Hamilton deserved the honors as much as he did. The guy deserves the palm of humility.
7. George Clooney refused to shoot a commercial for $35 million.
Granted, Clooney is already immensely wealthy, but when an airline offered him $35 million for a single day’s work, he was bound to hesitate a bit. Only, the actor ended up refusing the offer, considering that the country of the company was “sometimes questionable”. We don’t officially know which company it is (even if the name of Turkish Airlines has been put forward), but we imagine that Clooney was not saying that in the wind.
8. Singer Gotye refused to monetize the music video for Somebody that I Used to Know
When posting his video on YouTube, Gotye opted out of monetizing the clip for not promoting products, and that’s very noble of him. Only, since the counter has reached – at the moment – 1.8 billion views, we can estimate that he has deprived himself of a huge package of wheat (at least 1 million dollars ). It’s nothing.
9. Robin Hobb has long turned down big money for the adaptation of The Royal Assassin
The author of Fantasy among the best-selling in the world (theRoyal Assassin accumulates more sales than the Iron Throne) has so far never ceded the rights to his books for a television adaptation. However, it’s been a long time since we made proposals to him, but Robin Hobb does not want his work to be simplified and distorted. It’s nice to see someone who thinks about quality rather than money. Recently she hinted that a project would be underway with Netflix; maybe she finally found the right people to adapt this masterpiece. If so, you can be sure it will be a hit.
10. The ZZ Tops turned down a million dollar offer to shave their beards.
Anyone who knows the ZZ Top even a little knows that their big beard is part of their identity. So when, in 1984, the razor brand Gillette offered them $1 million to shave in an ad, the members (well, the two with beards) refused. It’s good from time to time to show brands that they can’t buy EVERYTHING.