Why Avicii gave away millions of dollars


The magnitude of Avicii’s giving nature has been uncovered in the wake of the Swedish musician’s passing earlier this month.

The 28-year-old, whose real name was Tim Bergling, generously donated a substantial amount of money to those in need, in particular to help aid hunger relief, The Metro reports.

“I discovered when I started making money that I didn’t really need it,” Avicii said in a 2013 interview.

“When you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need.”

Avicii poses for a portrait in New York in 2013. Source: AP via AAP
Avicii poses for a portrait in New York in 2013. Source: AP via AAP

The late DJ and producer had reportedly accumulated a net worth of around A$110million (£60.6 million).

According to the Metro, Avicii is thought to have donated $1million to the hunger relief charity Feeding America, following his US House for Hunger tour in 2012.

Avicii performing during Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London in 2015. Source: PA via AAP
Avicii performing during Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London in 2015. Source: PA via AAP

The secretary general at a Swedish aid organisation called Radiohjälpen, Anna Hedenmo, also paid tribute to the musician, thanking him for his support, YourEDM reports.

The publication claims the post from Ms Hedenmo was roughly translated to: “Rest in peace Tim Bergling and THANK YOU because you laid the foundation for Hunger Help with your generous contribution – 1 million euros – to Radiohjälpen.”

It is also reported that Avicii addressed issues like human trafficking and gang violence in some of his music videos.

The Grammy-nominated electronic dance performer was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, Oman.

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