The Rolling Stones have had a long history of lending a helping hand to charitable causes. Lately, lead singer Mick Jagger has been making more public strides with his interest in social activism on a global scale. He was among the celebrities and elite society members who attended the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative, held in New York City. Jagger was seen at the conference on September 23, 2010, the last day of the three-day event. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was also there.
The annual Clinton Global Initiative focuses on “finding effective, sustainable solutions to the some of the world’s most pressing challenges in the areas of education, economic empowerment, energy, the environment, and global health,” according to a Clinton Global Initiative press release.
Accompanied by his fashion-designer girlfriend L’Wren Scott, Jagger mingled at the conference, whose attendees over the three-day event included Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton; Barack Obama; Michelle Obama; New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; former first lady Laura Bush and her daughters, Barbara Bush and Jenna Hager; and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In an interview with World Entertainment News Network after the event, Wood said, “It was a last-minute thing. I had no idea I was going. It was a bit like being at a lecture, but I got to hang out with Bill [Clinton] afterwards, which was cool. He gave me a hug and said ‘I want your new album,’ and then he said ‘I’ve got your paintings up in my house, in my office.’ and I told him, ‘You’ve got some more coming’. I really like him. He’s a really down-to-earth guy and I think he’s the best president they’ve had since Kennedy. He’s the most popular at least.”
In addition to Barack Obama, other current heads of state in attendance were Netherlands prime minister Jan Balkenende, Colombia president Jan Manuel Santos, Hungary president Pál Schmitt, Finland president Tarja Halonen, Honduras president Porfirio Lobo Sosa, Jamaica prime minister Bruce Golding, Haiti president René Préval, Haiti prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive, Dominican Republic president Leonel Fernández, Quatar prime minister/minister of foreign affairs Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Panama president Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, Albania president Sali Berisha and Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu.
Business moguls at the conference included Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, billionaire Carlos Slim Helú (named by Forbes as the richest person in the world), Google chairman/CEO Eric Schmidt and Procter & Gamble chairman/president/CEO Robert McDonald.
Stars from the worlds of entertainment or sports included singer/actress Barbra Streisand, musician Wyclef Jean, actress Demi Moore, actor Ashton Kutcher, actress Ashley Judd, actress Geena Davis, singer Shakira, actor Jim Carrey, supermodel Petra Nemcova, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor Kevin Spacey, actress Julia Ormond, athlete Lance Armstrong, race-car champ Jeff Gordon and news anchor Katie Couric.
Attending the Clinton Global Initiative is another sign that the Rolling Stones front man is taking a more active role in charitable causes aimed at helping solve world’s problems. On July 4, 2010, Jagger announced that he was lending his support to the campaign 1GOAL: Education for All, after he participated in 1Goal’s Education at Your Feet soccer/football camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the event, he met with children and helped them look up countries on a World Cup map.
Watch video of Mick Jagger at 1Goal’s Education at Your Feet in July 2010.
Jagger released this statement about his involvement with 1GOAL: “I am honored to support 1GOAL. I love football, and to raise awareness that 72 million children are denied an education through this global sport is truly amazing. I want to urge you — even if you are not a football fan like me — to sign up to this campaign and help leave a legacy from this World Cup — to get every child into school.”