Billionaire artist Pablo Picasso once said, “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
A few years ago, Sadio Mane, the Bayern Munich and Senegalese football superstar, who earns approximately $10.2 million annually, served as an example of Picasso’s words. He gave the materialistic world a rude awakening after some fans were stunned when they saw him carrying a cracked iPhone,
Mane, a modest man, decided to respond to those fans who were stunned.
“Why would I want ten Ferraris, 20 diamond watches, and two jet planes? I starved, I worked in the fields, played barefoot, and I didn’t go to school. Now I can help people. I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing. I have built schools and a stadium, provide clothes, shoes, and food for people in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people from a very poor Senegalese region in order to contribute to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips, and even planes. I prefer that my people receive some of what life has given me.”
Rich but humble
Mane joins a growing list of mega rich personalities who live incredibly basic lives of frugality. For instance, billionaire Warren Buffet still lives in the same house he bought in 1958.
He once told some investors, “For the $31,500 I paid for our house, my family and I gained 52 years of terrific memories, with more to come.”
Marc Zuckerberg and several others live simply and this modesty could be the very reason they are so rich. In the Bible it says that s/he who wants the least has the most, after all.
Ostentation has its fine points and materialism has its place, but what counts most is how we feel inside and not what we show on the outside.