The Article: David Green: The Biblical Billionaire Backing The Evangelical Movement
The Source: Forbes
The Author: Brian Solomon
The Gist: Forbes profiles David Green, the evangelical businessman and philanthropist who owns the $3 billion arts and crafts chain, Hobby Lobby.
Abroad, Green is putting Scripture into the hands of nonbelievers. "People ask, 'How are you going to get a Bible to everyone in the world?' We're doing it," Green says. Through foundations he supports, he has already distributed nearly 1.4 billion copies of Gospel literature in more than 100 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. The OneHope Foundation targets children age 4 to 14 with Scripture tailored to them, while Every Home for Christ sends evangelists with Bible booklets door-to-door in some of the poorest countries on Earth. "It's not like you give them that but don't give them food; you do both," Green stresses. But the priority is clear: "If I die without food or without eternal salvation, I want to die without food."
• Hobby Lobby has 520 superstores in 42 states and employs 22,000 workers. Stores are closed on Sundays, forgoing revenue to give employees time to worship.
• Green has raised the minimum wage for full-time employees a dollar each year since 2009-bringing it up to $13 an hour-and doesn't expect to slow down.
• Green and his family own 100% of the company and he ranks No. 79 on our list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion.
• Green is the largest individual donor to evangelical causes in America. Forbes estimates his lifetime giving at upwards of $500 million.
• Green makes a distinction between "good" causes-employing people or researching cures for disease, for example-and "great" causes, which will echo beyond our temporal existence.
• Green: "For me, I want to know that I have affected people for eternity. I believe I am. I believe once someone knows Christ as their personal savior, I've affected eternity. I matter 10 billion years from now. I matter. Someone that does all this doesn't matter. I'm sorry, it's gone."