Madonna helps Brazilian kids
Madonna has secured a $7 million donation from Brazil's richest man to help set up a children's charity in the South American country
Madonna is setting up a new Brazilian children's charity.
The 'Celebration' singer met with wealthy business people and politicians during her recent five-day trip to the South American country and managed to secure a $7 million donation for Success for Kids from Brazil's richest man, Eike Batista.
Madonna was invited to the father-of-two's estate on the island of Angra Dos Reis on Saturday (14.11.09) to discuss the project after Batista agreed to fund a large proportion of her latest charitable venture.
During dinner, Batista - who has an estimated $7.5 billion fortune - offered to give Madonna $7 million after asking how much more she needed to set up her charity's initial projects, leaving the pop superstar in tears.
At the meal, Madonna declared her love for the country, saying: "I worship Brazil."
During her trip to Brazil, Madonna was accompanied by her rabbi.
Despite speculation her visit to Rio de Janeiro was to meet her Brazilian boyfriend Jesus Luz's family, she insisted she was there to carry out humanitarian work.
Speaking ahead of her visit, she said: "I am going there strictly for fundraising and humanitarian purposes."