Forbes Billionaires List Inspires Search for Real Richest People in America: X-treme Giving is at the Heart of What Makes People the Country's Wealthiest

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As the 2007 World's Billionaires were revealed at Forbes.com, another list is in the making, The REAL Richest People making a difference. This inaugural list focuses on richness in giving with the aim of inspiring businesses and individuals to give their profits and their time.

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Because wealth is defined in our culture by what you have, a project like this is important to teach young people the importance of giving. Our emerging leaders and current leaders in all walks of life need role models who believe like Tim - true wealth and richness come from giving.

    Recipients will be selected not because of what they have or profit but because of what they give or what they do. "True richness comes from the love of giving back to society, and happens whether you make $10,000 or $10 million a year," says list founder Tim Richardson.

People who will be on the list, reflect the best about the joy of giving back; using their time and resources to make a difference in the world.

Nominees include a woman who has devoted her life to helping those suffering in war-torn countries, a man who was living in his car at age 18 but now is financially independent and working to eradicate poverty in the world, a twenty-something year old who founded an organization to educate children all over the world, a coffee company that uses its profits to help educate people in the coffee growing regions of the world, and a former Microsoft VP who is setting up libraries in remote villages all over the world.

Inspirational speaker Tim Richardson compiled the list and is working to get his message out to the business community as well as young people. Headsets.com (on the 2006 list of Inc. Magazine's fastest growing privately held companies in America) is one of the corporate supporters of the 2007 list. Headsets founder Mike Faith is passionate about great service in his company and community. Faith is founder of reservedinners.com which raises money for charitable causes through dinners with international celebrities. Richardson is also working with Carol LaRue, a Rotary District Governor for 2008-09, and Dr. Susan Elkins, a District Governor of Interact. Their goal is to change the perception of what it means to be rich by sharing a new message of wealth with students. LaRue says, "Because wealth is defined in our culture by what you have, a project like this is important to teach young people the importance of giving. Our emerging leaders and current leaders in all walks of life need role models who believe like Tim - true wealth and richness come from giving."

Nominees will be accepted through the summer with the goal of announcing the 400 REAL Richest People in America as Forbes releases its Richest Americans list later this year.

This positive project aims to redefine richness and focus media attention on internal rather than external wealth. After all, Richardson says, "It's not about how good you are, it's about what good you do."

For more information: http://www.TheRichestPeopleinAmerica.com

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