Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Exclusive: Global Citizen Chief Got 36% Raise in 2022, Revenue Fell By 26%, Most Money Not to Third World


I’ve been writing about Global Citizen for years. No one seems to get it.

The sketchy group just announced their next big concert in Central Park for September 28th. Global Citizen is all about publicity and hobnobbing with stars. It has almost nothing to do with poverty or hunger.

We’ll get back to that in a minute.

The group’s latest tax filing, for 2022, shows that the top executives are having a grand old time in the service of charity.

Even though total revenue fell 26% from 2021 to 2022, salaries just shot right up.

Chief Star wrangler Hugh Evans has now worked his way up to a startling $560,000, not including expenses. His base salary for 2022 rose 36%.

Number 2 at Global Citizen, Elizabeth Henshaw, is now getting just $500,000. Her base salary rose from $396,000 to $432,463. The increase is 16%.

The execs at Global Citizen are more than keeping up with inflation, while the people they advocate for are starving to death.

What does it cost to produce their rock concerts? Done & Dusted Productions were paid $3.5 million in 2022. Universal Music Nigeria got $2.1 million. The total paid to contractors for the Fall 2022 Central Park show was around $10 million.

Global Citizen lists $22 million for production expenses, and $2.5 million for “Artist Expenses.” The latter number is for paying the expenses of the rock stars who seem like they’re giving their time.

You say: Yes, but they don’t give money away?

I say: Most of it is to European countries and organizations. Very little goes to Asia or Sub Sahara Africa. Nothing goes to Ukraine. They say total amounts of money donated (generally, not specifically) were $2.5 million To Europe (including Greenland and Iceland), $427,000 to North America, and about $1.3 million to third world countries.


Nothing in 2022 went to Gaza and this was before October 7, 2023. Global Citizen stays away from those conflicts for fear of losing sponsors on either side.

But what will happen on September 28th, the first Global Citizen concert broadcast around the world since Hamas attacked Israel? Will viewers be treated diatribes about genocide and apartheid? The potential is there for a total calamity. And what about Ukraine? Why does Global Citizen ignore them?

Global Citizen is one of the best scams in history, yet it just keeps going on and on. If only the rest of us could figure out how to do it!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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