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Leonardo DiCaprio Raises $40 Million for His Environmental Foundation

Leonardo DiCaprio led the fundraising in St. Tropez, France, on Wednesday raising more than $40 million for his eponymous foundation. He auctioned off a Rolex and Andy Warhol and Bansky art works from his own personal collection to the tune of more than $2 million.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation works to protect endangered species and ecosystems. DiCaprio spoke about the foundation’s efforts to work with governments to “conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests,” and protecting animals by “setting up a worldwide network of Noah’s arks.”

The gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu, presented by Julius Baer and co-sponsored by Chopard and Giorgio Armani, featured performances by Elton John and John Legend.

Other highlights of the charity auction:

  • Colony Capitol’s Tom Barrack won an estate on DiCaprio’s Belize island, Blackadore Caye, for $11 million. The remaining 45 estates on Blackadore Caye, touted as the greenest island resort in the world, will be offered for sale by private invitation only.
  • Who wants to tag along with Harvey Weinstein for a year? The Weinstein Co. topper offered the winning bidder the chance to be his guest at a whirlwind of events including the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival, the Met Gala, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and a visit on the set of a movie. The package raised $1.1 million.
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco donated once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the auction, offering to accompany the winner on an arctic expedition (sold for $1.6 million), and a private dive in Monaco’s Larvotto Marine Reserve (sold for more than $400,000).

Among the stars in attendance: Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Sylvester Stallone, Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody, Michelle Rodriguez, Nina Dobrev and Chris Tucker; and modelpalooza Kelly Rohrbach, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Irina Shayk, Petra Nemcova and Jessica Stam.

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