NET WORTH: $120 million
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Actor, Comedian
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, TBD
OVERVIEW: Kevin Hart founded Help from the Hart Charity to help youth gain access to educational opportunities. He recently supported UNCF and KIPP to help students attend HBCUs.
BACKGROUND: Kevin Hart was born in Philadelphia in 1979. Raised by his mother, Hart began working as a stand-up comedian shortly after graduating from high school, eventually moving to large venues in New York and Los Angeles. In 2006, he released his first stand-up album, I'm a Grown Little Man. He's since gone on to find Hollywood success with films like Think Like a Man.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Kevin Hart recently joined forces with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 KIPP students earn a college degree. Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Hart’s “Help From The Hart Charity” and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As Hart puts it, "education and knowledge are powerful...I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs." Hart has supported UNCF before, giving a $100,000 scholarship gift to support four deserving college students in 2015.
OTHER: Hart has also been associated with charities like Alzheimer's Association, Cats Care, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
LOOKING FORWARD: Hart is only in his 30s and very much engaged in business. His Help From The Hart Charity has flown under the radar until recently, but perhaps will be more public about its work in the coming years. Expect education to remain a top priority. As Hart puts it, "This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”