What makes someone who is uber rich, turn to philanthropy? There have been many famous philanthropists over the years, such as John Paul Getty and more recently Bill Gates. But why does someone who has chased the dollar all his life, suddenly feel the need for generosity? Is it a genuine desire to aid his fellow man or a desire to enhance his reputation and look good? Perhaps it's a desire to edge his bets in case there is a divine being and he needs smarty points.