Turning to hobbies to make some extra cash is not a new concept, and social media and online marketplaces like Etsy.com have significantly enhanced this route’s potential for profitability. However, financial gains may not be the sole purpose of these endeavors. In fact, entrepreneurs, investors and other successful businesspeople often turn to art for fulfillment as well.
Look at investment banker Scott Mead, for example. The former co-head of Goldman Sachs’s Global Communications, Media and Entertainment group, former Senior Advisor at Apax Partners and co-founder of RRP has had an extremely successful career, but now chooses to spend most of his time focusing on his photography and philanthropic endeavors. Mead’s book “Above the Clouds” is a compilation of photographs taken from airplane windows throughout his travels. He explains that the work is of a personal nature, and captions his photos with notes of his thoughts and reflections while he captured each shot.
Art has opened another door for philanthropy, as well. According to The Guardian, all proceeds from Scott Mead’s book will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s charity.
And Mead is not the only one. Billionaire Warren Buffett plays the ukulele and has performed with famous musicians including Bon Jovi for charity; Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter, keeps bees; and actor Nick Offerman does a lot of woodworking in his spare time.
Enjoy his work with Scott Mead’s Instagram here.