李連杰

李連杰 “One Yuan, One Vision“,

His own attitude changed when the Asian tsunami of 2004 struck while he was on holiday in the Maldives with his family—he has been married twice and has two children from each marriage. “Water is here,” he says, raising his hand to his chin. “My younger daughter’s taken by the water, someone saved her.”

The experience left him with an injured foot and a conviction that it was time to “pay back to society, to the world”. He spent two years studying how to build an effective foundation, seeking out advice from the best in the giving business, Bill Gates among them, and officially launched the One Foundation in 2007.

Another natural disaster, the huge earthquake that struck China in May 2008, proved catalytic—both for One and for Chinese philanthropy in general. Many of China’s super-rich felt that they had a civic duty plus the all-important government approval to give publicly for the first time. Meanwhile, Li provided the vehicle for China’s emerging middle class to give smaller amounts to help their compatriots. In response to his text message, One received 50m yuan ($10m) in a week.

李連杰的 One Foundation.

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