Chinese businessman, and millionaire, Xiong Shuihua (pictured on the left) returned to his childhood village of Xiongkeng to do something special for the residents that gave him everything in his formative years when he and his family had next-to-nothing.
The 54-year-old business tycoon made his fortune working in the construction and steel industry and he thought it important to return home to his village and give back to the community. In his own words he stated, "I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t want to forget my roots. I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.’
So Xiong bulldozed the battered and rundown wooden huts and muddy roads, replacing them with brand new luxury homes and paved streets for 72 families. All this construction was paid for out of his own pocket. According to the Daily Mail, the businessman also built free luxury villas for 18 families that he said were particularly generous to him and his family growing up. In addition, Xiong also pledged three free meals daily to all elderly and low-income residents.
The entire project all told is said to have cost the businessman over $6 million USD. But this man's love for his hometown far outweighed the money and time he invested to give back to those kind souls that helped shape his successful future.