Why money is like manure

If you are lucky enough to have it, then money is like manure. This might sound like I’m full of sh*t, but hear me out!


If you let money pile up, it starts to stink. But if you spread it around then it can do a lot of good.

As Thornton Wilder said: "Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow."

That’s why I love spending most of my time focusing upon not-for-profit ventures with our foundation Virgin Unite, working to make business a force for good.

Last week we were with the Carbon War Room working to transition the Caribbean islands to renewable energy. This week we are in Miami, discussing drug policy reform. Last month we were in Davos with The B Team urging leaders  to focus upon civil rights. Meanwhile, The Elders are back from a landmark visit to Iran encouraging openness and trust.


As I said when my wife Joan and I signed up with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others to the Giving Pledge, stuff really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters.


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