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Millionaire Gives Up Entire Fortune To Be Happy

An Austrian tycoon is giving away every penny of his £3 million ($5.3 million) fortune, having realised that
being rich made him unhappy.

Karl Rabeder, 47, a businessman from Telfs, near Innsbruck, is selling his villa with lake, sauna and
spectacular mountain views over the Alps, valued at £1.4 million. Also for sale is his old stone farmhouse in
Provence, on the market for £613,000. Already gone is his collection of six gliders valued at £350,000. Mr
Rabeder has also sold the interior furnishings and accessories business - from vases to artificial flowers - that
made his fortune.

"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing. Money is counter-productive - it prevents happiness."
He will move out of his Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in
Innsbruck, surviving on £800 a month while the proceeds go to a charity he set up in Latin America. He will
draw no salary from it.p

"For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness. I come from a
very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for
many years."

being rich made him unhappy.
But over time a conflicting feeling developed. "More and more I heard the words: 'Stop what you are doing
now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life'," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as
slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same
thing." For many years, he said, he was not brave enough to give up his comforts. The tipping point came
during a three-week holiday with his wife in Hawaii.
"It was the biggest shock in my life when I realised how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five-star
lifestyle is."

"In those three weeks we spent all the money you could possibly spend. But in all that time we had the feeling
we hadn't met a single real person - that we were all just actors. The staff played the role of being friendly and
the guests played the role of being important, and nobody was real."
Mr Rabeder decided to raffle his Alpine home, selling 21,999 tickets at £87 each. The Provence house, in the
village of Cruis, is on sale at the local estate agent.

All the money will go into his microcredit charity, which offers small loans and advice to self-employed people
in El Salvador, Honduras, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile.
Since deciding to sell up, Mr Rabeder said he had felt "free, the opposite of heavy". But he did not judge
those who chose to keep their wealth. "I do not have the right to give any other person advice.



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