Ashton Kutcher Just Donated £3 Million To Ellen DeGeneres' Endangered Animal Fund

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Ashton Kutcher Just Donated £3 Million To Ellen DeGeneres' Endangered Animal Fund

For Ellen Degeneres' 60th birthday, the celebrity TV host's wife, Portia de Rossi, gave her a gift that brought her to tears.

It was not only establishing a centre in Rwanda to help conservation efforts with the gorilla population, but it was also setting up The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, which she can use to raise awareness for threatened species.

Ellen was bowled over with emotion over the gift, which was presented during her show, and she's been working on how to get the project moving.


But she hasn't had to search very far for investors to pitch in.

During a different episode, she was told there was a mystery guest who wanted to pop in and say 'hello' - like her heavily watched TV show was a chilled office where people come and go without being booked in.

It turned out to be Ashton Kutcher, looking like he'd literally popped into the studio before doing a grocery shop.


He explained that he had recently invested in a company called Ripple, which has developed an app that allows people to safely transfer money to anyone around the world using cryptocurrency and without having to wait for individual banks to approve it.

Ellen sat in her chair with a rather confused look on her face and an air of 'Cool, Ashton, but did you really have to interrupt my show with this obvious plug?'

Ashton explained that Ripple was on the lookout for community warriors who are trying to do some good for the world and he thought Ellen was the perfect candidate.

Ellen looked shocked at Ashton's revelation. Credit: NBC
Ellen looked shocked at Ashton's revelation. Credit: NBC

The actor said: "I told them that there's this amazing human being, and all they ever do is think about other people they can give to. Whether it's in New Orleans, whether it's in Montecito, whether it's the people that come here, the people out there, you're always thinking about everyone else, and we wanted to show you that people are thinking about you."

Instead of chucking a few quid her way, he offered to donate a casual $4 million (£3m) to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

Wouldn't it be nice to have cash like that lying around?

The donation shocked the hell out of Ellen - she was left speechless and a bit teary for a while.


Whether that money came from Ashton's personal bank account, Ripple or a bunch of people who'd chipped in together, it doesn't really matter because it's going into a fund that will do some good.

Featured Image Credit: The Ellen Show/NBC

Topics: Ashton Kutcher, Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen Show, Animals

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