Mel Gibson Named One of the Most Generous Stars

January 13, 2012 By:
Mel Gibson Named One of the Most Generous Stars

Celebrities are some of the most privileged and lucky people in the world. Aside from, you know, having their every move documented and criticized and all.

I know, I can hear your hearts breaking, too.

Most of the time, with fame comes fortune, and celebrities are pretty fortunate. So it’s nice when they decide to give some of that back in the form of charity. The folks at the non-profit organization The Giving Back Fund have put together a list called Giving Back 30, which honors celebs who have written the biggest checks to charity.

And we won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here are Hollywood’s most generous celebrities.

Meryl Streep and George Lucas made the list, along with Mel Gibson. Surprised? I was, too. And because of Mel’s place on the list, I’m going to be generous today, too, and not include a bunch of crazy racist quotes from him like I usually do when I mention his name in stories. It feels good to give back.

At the top of the list is actress Jami Gertz, who has helped donate $10 million through her husband Ressler Gertz’s foundation. Gibson comes in at three, giving away $6 million in charity. Lucas is forth ($4.2 million) and Streep ($2 million) is at eight.

Other celebrities that made the list include comedian Jerry Seinfeld ($1.7 million), Barbra Streisand ($1.5 million), Matthew McConaughey ($1.5 million), Alec Baldwin ($1 million) and Sandra Bullock ($1 million).

Kudos to these celebs and others for putting their fortune to good use. Open up those wallets, 1%.