Leonardo DiCaprio is known not only for his remarkable acting skills, but also for his philanthropy and active participation in environmentalism. The 42-year-old held the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s second annual gala on July 22 in Domaine Bertaud Belieu in St.Tropez, France.
A staggering total of over $40 million was raised by auctioning off private concerts, VIP access, paintings, and even some of DiCaprio’s personal belongings. One guest went to the lengths of labelling it as “the biggest environmental fundraiser ever.”
The star-studded event consisted of unannounced performances by Elton John and John Legend. The former crooned his hit “Tiny Dancer”and even put two private concerts up for auction, which sold for $3 million.
Other high-profile guests of DiCaprio’s function included Prince Albert of Monaco, Orlando Bloom, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, and DiCaprio’s latest fling, model Kelly Rohrbach.
DiCaprio commenced the auction with a fervent plea to the guests informing them that their help and support would go towards protecting “the tiger, rhino, shark, and mountain gorilla.” He also stated how proud he felt to be a part of such a night that would allow them to do so much to protect their planet. He then proceeded to auction off the watch on his wrist, a Rolex Daytona, along with artwork by Andy Warhol and Bansky, all from his personal collection. DiCaprio alone raised $2 million.
Auctioneer Simon de Pury took over from there. The most expensive sell was a luxury home on DiCaprio’s “world’s greenest resort” island in Belize, Blackadore Caye. Thomas Barrack, founder of investment firm Colony Capital, Inc. snagged it for over $11 million!
Another popular prize was the one generously donated by Prince Albert—it was an opportunity for adventure opportunists to dive into Monaco’s unique and protected Larvotto Marine Reserve, along with an arctic expedition.
Mohr, I., “Leo’s gala raises over $40M for the environment,” Page Six web site, July 23, 2015; http://goo.gl/Gv2tcf.