The Complete Guide - How to Ask a Billionaire or Millionaire for Money

Updated on December 11, 2018

How to Write an Impressive Letter Asking a Billionaire or Millionaire for Money

Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.
Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.

Introduction

Billionaires, Millionaires and Philanthropists give away money to deserving causes and individuals each day. They have their individual causes and charities that are close to their hearts but sometimes will also choose to help others who have genuine need, a great business idea, or just show the potential enthusiasm that they remember got them started on the path to riches.

They do not, and never will, entertain a begging letter or e-mail. They got their money by hard work and expect anyone requesting money to show that they are willing to make that extra effort to benefit communities or other individuals and not line their own pockets.


Where to Find Billionaires and Millionaires

The obvious place is the Forbes lists of the world’s richest people. Some other places to look are the Economist or NetState.

Once you have identified as many people as possible write down their FULL NAMES, the company they work for and their contact details. It is unlikely you will find a direct contact address for any rich person instead it will be through their public relations or customer services so you will have to address any correspondence FAO “the name of the person” and then “care/of” the address of the company or in some cases the individual.

Don’t forget to seek out contact details of millionaire celebrities as some of them also like to help out good causes and individuals with donations.

If for any reason you already have a direct contact address for a billionaire or millionaire it is rather unlikely you need the advice in this article.

How Much to Ask For?

How much do you need to do what you want to do or achieve you goal? Remember and be honest at all times. To pretend to need money for something, like an operation or a car to get your disabled mother around town, is deceit and fraud and may be dealt with as such if it got to the stage where an individual did agree to give you money. You may even end up in jail.

You could also send a lot of requests asking each individual to donate or give you a small sum such as $100 or £100. If you choose this route then mention it in your correspondence with details of the total figure you are trying to raise. You may be lucky and one person sees the benefit of your idea and may offer to fund you the whole amount you need.

How to Word Your Request

Think carefully about what you would like to say and what someone reading your request would think of you. You need to get across the importance of your request in a few short paragraphs. You need to keep the readers interest so when you have completed your final draft have some of your friends or family read it and provide constructive feedback. If they say it is rubbish, don’t go in the huff, take it on the chin and start again.

I am repeating my earlier warning. Do not lie in your request. Be honest and straight to the point. Do not go on and on in the initial contact request. Mention that if someone is interested they can contact you for further details. If possible make the request light-hearted or funny. Add some photographs or attach documents, especially if it emphasises your request. Always be professional, open, sincere, honest and polite. Thank them for their time in reading your letter or e-mail and say something along these lines that “even if you cannot help me this time I appreciate and understand that you must get many such requests”.

Make your request in the first person and word it story-like mentioning your accomplishments and successes or failures and losses. Depending on what you need money for you can even make it profound and touching.

Since the person reading your request is unlikely to be the person with the money your aim is to connect with that person in a way that they will feel the need to show it to someone else higher up the chain of command or even the billionaire or millionaire themselves. On this subject please avoid statements such as “please send me some money” and “I need money really urgently” and “you are my last hope for money”.

In concise terms you want to explain your situation, state why you need money, what you will do with any monies received, and how that person can contact you.

Finally, e-mails can be intercepted so think carefully about the information you do provide in any correspondence.

Some Last Thoughts

Definitely avoid sending outright begging letters. No one will read past any statement such as I need money for; “my children’s medicine”, “a nice new car”, “a wedding/funeral” or “a holiday of a lifetime”.

All companies and individuals known to be wealthy get hundreds of requests for money each week so you have to stand out. Your request has to be read by someone who sees the potential and thinks that it will strike a chord with the person who ultimately will hand over the money. Or at least is interesting enough to pass it to that person’s PA.

Ultimately the billionaire or millionaire who has the money must be impressed and interested enough to say to their staff “this is great, get me more details”. So make it so and don’t be too disappointed at the lack of positive replies or even acknowledgements… It only takes one person to see the potential.

Oh and finally; don’t use the comments section to ask for money. I have seen this too often on other sites and articles. Absolutely pointless, as well as rather annoying.


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@ 2015 Brian McKechnie (aka WorldEarth)


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    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      9 days ago from Troon

      Going to do a new wee update every now and again for the genuine and honest readers only.

      14 begging "comments" found this week and deleted.

      You should really look at the whole article before you decide to beg on the comments section of this article.

      I will find you and delete you. I don't know how long it takes YOU (yes you) to write all this guff but it takes me less than one second to click on "delete forever".

      Bored and Yawning now........................

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      Terry P. 

      2 months ago

      Why are some people born with silver spoons in their mouths and people like me born with plastic spoons. I sometimes wishes I wasn't

      born. But that is my depression coming out. I choose to see what happens tomorrow it has to be better than today.

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      Rajathsavir 

      4 months ago

      Article is awesome , Your comments are good for reading not for ,people who being honest and ask for a help , also in financly ....

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      5 months ago from Troon

      Going to do a new wee update every week for the genuine and honest readers only.

      23 begging "comments" found this week and deleted.

      You should really look at the whole article before you decide to beg on the comments section of this article.

      I will find you and delete you. I don't know how long it takes YOU (yes you) to write all this guff but it takes me less than one second to click on "delete forever".

      You're boring me now.........................

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      6 months ago from Troon

      Cheers

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      Dinesh 

      6 months ago

      Very nice and impressive...

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      6 months ago from Troon

      You are welcome Panok.

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      Panok Uram 

      6 months ago

      Thankyou for the information.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      6 months ago from Troon

      ## HERE WE GO AGAIN ## LISTEN ONE AND LISTEN ALL. I AM NOT A MILLIONAIRE AND NEVER WILL BE. NOR ARE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ARTICLE WHO ARE GOOD, MORAL, HONEST AND DECENT. THE REST OF YOU PACK IN THE REQUESTS FOR MONEY. IT AIN'T HAPPENING AND THEY WILL BE DELETED WHEN I FIND THEM. YAWN YAWN YAWN HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REPEAT THIS.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      8 months ago from Troon

      Cheers... I'm glad I made your day Sabine. Now if others could just be as intelligent and articulate as you.

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      Sabine Kramer 

      8 months ago

      Alan Burrell, your comment is great!

      And hilarious of course are the other pathetic comments in which people ask for money in spite of being warned not to do so...

      This made my day!

      Thank you!

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      Charles 

      9 months ago

      My advice is fundme with a video asking for help. Ask for help for someone else who has suffered a tradegy and doesn’t know how to ask for themselves. The real key is actually helping them and updating with progress. I suffer tradegies myself, but I keep helping others, somehow, someway my life is okay. Believe me I want things to be better. Finally never lose hope.

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      Russell 

      9 months ago

      Wow Great article as much as I would love to ask for money I do not, but one thing for sure I help a lot of people in need some day some one will do the same for me i hope But It never happened they say doing good will reward you in the future but I have not seen it. I feel great helping people I know it not much but I know in my heart I can make is world a better place. I hope you all enjoy life it can be short live your life like it's your last day.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      10 months ago from Troon

      You are very welcome Andrew. Thanks

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      Andrew.T.N. 

      10 months ago

      Thanks for the article Brian!

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      10 months ago from Troon

      LISTEN ONE AND LISTEN ALL. I AM NOT A MILLIONAIRE AND NEVER WILL BE. NOR ARE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ARTICLE WHO ARE GOOD, MORAL, HONEST AND DECENT. THE REST OF YOU PACK IN THE REQUESTS FOR MONEY. IT AIN'T HAPPENING AND THEY WILL BE DELETED WHEN I FIND THEM. YAWN YAWN YAWN HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REPEAT THIS.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      11 months ago from Troon

      At last a sensible literate person. Thank you for your direct comments Deana08753.

      Brian

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      Deana08753 

      11 months ago

      By the time I got halfway through the comments I was hysterical laughing. Not only because the author specifically said “do not ask for money in the comments” but because the grammar is so horrendous and the inability to follow directions was so blatant. Some people were asking for money to start businesses to employ THOUSANDS of people. If you can’t follow directions, and don’t know how to use spell/grammar check...expecting to have a business funded is probably not going to happen. I feel for everyone who is in a tough spot. It can happen to anyone at any time....but the first step in asking for help is the most important. Listen. Listening to what people have to say can sometimes give you the answers to all your problems.

      For those who told the sob stories and asked for money and cars in the comments section...please read the article again and then go to the comments section and say “Thank you”. Then write your letters and ask everyone you know to proof read it for you because you only get one shot to impress a philanthropist with your request. Once you’ve sent the “begging and poorly written letter” you’ll never get another letter in front of that person. Be smart. Use common sense. Be honest. Most of all...spell check people!!

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      11 months ago from Troon

      Sounds like a good idea. Just follow the guidelines in the article.

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      Angelica 

      11 months ago

      Hi thanks for the article it's very helpful. I just have a question, would you recommend sending letters to random people who live in wealthy or rich communities?

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      Natasha 

      12 months ago

      thank you for the advice, i am about to send out an email requesting help from a local celeb and this article helped a lot

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      Macdonald chua 

      13 months ago

      Im trying to found somebody to need help my financial problem money until now no one respon im very upset about it everyting is lie talkwebsite

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      I am Paglau Gewi from the foot of Mt William Papua New Guinea 

      13 months ago

      It is always good to ask if we are in a situation whereby assistance is required don't pretend.

      You ask you shell receive you knock the door shell be open unto you you seek you shell find and for those who are in a position to give then do it so whole heartedly with love you will be blessed .

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      Alan Burrell 

      14 months ago

      Hello my Beautiful people, what part of "Don't ask for money in the Comments Section" don't you understand? All of your/our Karma and Blessings Flow from you/I simply following instructions. Don't mean to come off like a "suck up" but why should I send you my money if you don't follow my instructions and guidelines to get my money? Just a thought from someone who want the best for you as well as myself. Love, Peace Blessings and much success. Alan

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      15 months ago from Troon

      Thanks 6idget. If only many others were as attentive as you I wouldn't need to spend my time deleting "begging" comments.

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      6idget 

      15 months ago

      C'mon folks... he clearly states NOT to use the comment section to ask for money,... Your words are waisted

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      Shashwat tripathi 

      16 months ago

      Thanku so much for the advice, now I've got an idea of how to ask these rich people to help me complete my education !!

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      Johnny Gomez 

      19 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing with me how to go about it, it did open my mind up. Thank you once again.

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      Sadique 

      19 months ago

      Am so much glad and happy to come across this article. It's a great help already from you to me.

      Thank you.

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      Kedir Rufael 

      20 months ago

      I'm very excited. just you made me aware of how to write a letter. Thanks

      may God bless you. Amen.

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      Ralph 

      20 months ago

      My name is Ralph from Nigeria. Thanks for this article, it was helpful. Wish there are couple of samples here, but I think a simple web search will help with that.

      Thanks again.

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      Sarah 

      22 months ago

      I'm really curious what the success rate is. How many people have followed your guidelines (or any number of other articles pertaining to the same theme and goal) and succeeded in acquiring monetary gain? If there's any success stories I'd love to hear about them.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      23 months ago from Troon

      Cheers for that Mark.

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      Mark Taylor BML 

      23 months ago

      Brian, Great article. There are a couple of websites I found that you can get their addresses from. You just have to do a search on the internet. Thanks again for a great article. Mark

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      That's another 5 requests for money deleted. If you are serious about reading this article read it through to the last two lines !!!!!

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Thanks

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      ode 

      2 years ago

      nice one

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Glad to help Melissa.

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      Melissa Morrison 

      2 years ago

      Your article helped me to define and think about the difference between what I want and really what I need. I hope that you have a nice day, and thanks for the advice and tools that will help my son and I to get up, stand up and succeed.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      You're very welcome.

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      atu 

      2 years ago

      thanks so much..a big help

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      Jose Vazq 

      2 years ago

      Wow very well said.will take alot of it into cosideration i have helped alot of people and still do but it is hard,now with no money. So now i try with work.

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      Shu 

      2 years ago

      Very nice article. I loved it.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Thanks Kap.

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      Kap 

      2 years ago

      great post mehn

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Glad you found it useful Osea.

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      osea golea 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for a wonderful advice.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      You're welcome Michael.

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      Michael Shayne Hall Senior 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the information about the this subject.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Your kind words are appreciated Michelle

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      Michelle 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the great article!

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      I can not help but put myself in the billionaires shoes and think... "these people are out of their minds!" Especially the ones that clearly did not read the entire article to the point where it says "do not leave request for money in the comment section, it's annoying".... you are right.... It really annoyed me.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Hope you are successful Lisa.

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      Lisa Smith 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the advise I'm trying to raise money for my daughter Krystle Lewis whom recently been accepted into St James Medical School in Anguilla

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      2 years ago from Troon

      Glad to be of some help Karyn.

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      Karyn 

      2 years ago

      Excellent advise, I'm trying to write a letter regarding a small Australian country town that needs some help. You have given me hope. Thank you! X

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      3 years ago from Troon

      Just a necessary reminder that any comments requesting money will be deleted. So please stop wasting yours and my time.

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      3 years ago from Troon

      Nice

    • World Earth profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian OldWolf 

      3 years ago from Troon

      Thank You Conciousleader for your kind comments. Brian

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      Conciousleader 

      3 years ago

      There's money out there for everyone, we just have to get up and out and work for it. In appreciation I wanted to thank you for this insight on seeing a good written up blog, about the correct way and not making this out to be a lucrative, or cheating way to starting a business for some of the younger ambitious mindsets out hear. When it comes down to it we all need to start with something. Great article Brian!

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