We love and send kudos to every high profile personality who donates a portion of project proceeds to charity. Now, let’s take a moment to send props to a fella who goes all the way. Wael Ghonim, the humble Google exec who is in large part credited for sparking Egypt’s recent revolution, just landed a book deal worth $2.5 million–and every single penny of the proceeds from “Revolution 2.0″ will go toward helping his homeland.
Families of revolution martyrs and a handful of Egyptian charities will split up $2 million; the other $500,000 will help stock libraries in the country’s public schools.
Back in January, Wael Ghonim started a Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Saeed”–a reference to the young man who was beaten to death by security agents in Egypt in 2010. Having already seen the graphic, unsettling photos of Saeed’s brutally broken face and body that went viral online shortly after the 28-year-old’s death, emotionally triggered Egyptian youth rallied behind the Facebook group, ultimately organizing and taking action to challenge their corrupt government.
CNN spoke to him on the phone moments after Mubarak stepped down, asking amid cheers from the crowds, “What’s next?” The humble Ghonim replied: “Ask Facebook.”
“I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him,” he said, adding, “If you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet.”
His donations will help to build the foundation for a new Egypt that is finding its footing after huge political and social change. By supporting early education and by honoring families whose loved ones lost their lives fighting for their cause, he’s further demonstrating a belief that change comes from the people. Keep your eyes peeled for “Revolution 2.0,” set to launch next January.
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