Leonardo DiCaprio appears to have a perfect life, but the award-winning Hollywood actor said that wealth and success do not bring a person happiness.
“I’ve been very lucky to have achieved a lot of the things that I dreamt of achieving as a young man. But, at the end of the day – and I truly believe this – it is not about achieving great wealth or success. Because they don’t bring happiness ultimately. They really don’t. What matters is whether or not you’ve fulfilled the idea of having led an interesting life, whether you’ve contributed in some way to the world around you.”
I’ll buy into DiCaprio’s premise a little, but I’ll also say that money, power and fame allow you to splurge on an interesting life as well as contribute more to society because you’re not worried about where your next meal is coming from. It probably doesn’t hurt that he has a different hot supermodel in his bed every night. I’d be more than happy to contribute to the world around me if it meant banging Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models.
But it’s not all about top shelf minge for Leo, he actually is doing some fantastic philanthropic work. For the last 18 years, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been one of the leaders in attempting to save and restore threatened ecosystems, working on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day, as well as bring awareness to climate change.
From the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation:
The Foundation has gradually built a significant grantmaking operation, awarding over $30 million since 2010 to fund 78 high-impact projects in more than 44 countries across South-East Asia, Central Asia, Africa, North, Central and South America, the Eastern Pacific, the Arctic, Antarctica, the South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.
DiCaprio’s organization has donated more than $15 million to the protection of key species – sharks in California, tigers in Asia, elephants in Africa – and calling on world leaders to address climate change.
“2015 was the hottest year in global history and we are actually seeing the tipping point happen right now,” DiCaprio explains “I witnessed it myself, first hand, on The Revenant, when unprecedentedly warm conditions in Canada meant that we had to move the whole production to Argentina in search of snow.”
On Thursday, Leonardo DiCaprio told Charlie Rose in an interview that climate change is “the biggest problem that mankind has ever had to face.” Leonardo said, “It is the most existential human crisis that the world has ever known, in my opinion.”
“I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems,” DiCaprio said. “I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if it were a fiction. But I think we know better than that.”
Meanwhile, I still assert that having a stable of stunning 10s probably brings a good deal of happiness.