Two of the world's most famous do-gooder parents with their latest babes. Image via: Blogspot.com
Not only do celebs get lots of free stuff, but now their babies are cashing in on the gravy train as well, with extravagant baby showers and lots and lots of free giveaways. Some celebrities are choosing to sell their baby's photo to the highest bidder and keep the winnings for college and insurance against ever getting a job. Others are choosing to turn this rat-race on its head and use the money to help those who could really use the funds. Here are the seven best celebrity couples using their babies for the greater good.
1. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden and Daughter Harlow
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden pose with baby Harlow. Image via: Hollywoodcrap.com
When news hit that Nicole Richie was pregnant, she was dealing with a bit of a rap sheet and partying like it was 1999. Who knew this one time wild child had such a do-gooder streak in her. New parents Richie & Madden established the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation to provide aid to non-profit organizations working on health care, education, and human rights.
But that's not all. For Harlow's baby shower, they asked that guests instead make donations to their foundation instead of bringing gifts. The foundation linked directly to the Los Angeles Free Clinic, which would update the the wish-list based on the needs of women in the area. The site was then opened up for six months so anyone who wanted to "donate to Nicole" could give to the Foundation and help area women in need. The baby shower itself was a Wizard of Oz-themed shindig and helped out over 100 families at the Los Angeles Clinic. Guests were asked to also bring a baby book which was used to build up Harlow's library. Over $200,000 was raised and given to moms in Los Angeles. As this tiny tot has gotten older, the pair have since auctioned off much of Harlow's baby clothes at Handmedowns.com to raise money for their charity. Now that Nicole is pregnant once again, here's to hoping she has more good up her sleeve.
And a note on the ranking: While Viv and Knox Jolie-Pitt (#2) may have raked in more cash, the Richie-Madden gang seemed to go above and beyond a single cash donation, with a major impact in their community.
2. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Daughter Shiloh and New Twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon
This power couple has been working their magic all over the globe the last few years, and when they started having children, the giving didn't stop. When Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born, the couple was given $4.1 million for exclusive rights to the first photos. What did they do? They turned around and donated those funds to african children's charities. Then when the world got wind of the possibility of twins, magazines were beside themselves trying to get exclusive rights to those those pics. Rumors escalated to upwards of $15 million for those pictures and some sources speculated even higher. When it was all said and done, the Jolie-Pitts were awarded $14 million USD for the pictures, which they promptly turned around and used to launch an international children's charity. Right on.
3. Sheryl Crow and Son Wyatt
Sheryl Crow is no stranger to benefit concerts or raising money and awareness for charities. So when she announced to the world in 2008 that she would be adopting a new baby boy, it was not surprising that she joined the ranks of celebrities using their status to help others in the process. At first, Crow was against selling son Wyatt to the world by getting paid for baby photos, but as she was nursing him and watching world hunger programming on television, she realized that there was something else she could do. So she asked that OK! Magazine make a sizable donation to the World Food Program (a United Nations program that works to fight child hunger) in exchange for the pictures, which they gladly did.
Taking it home, Crow also hosted an all-natural baby shower for Wyatt. Gifts were given without wrapping paper, invitations were written on seed-filled cards, and all of the food was organic.
4. Bridget Moynahan and Son John Edward Thomas Moynahan.
When her son John arrived on the scene, Bridget Moynahan decided to sell the photos and donate the money to charity. Several of her friends have children with complications and so she chose to gift money to both the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation in exchange for exclusive rights to the first shots of her son. (John Edward Thomas's father, Moynahan's x, is New England Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady.) Image of Moynahan with son John via: AcesShowBiz.com