Corporate America can seem harsh and cold. Companies maximize profit to keep shareholders happy, and CEOs get rich at the expense of the average American worker.
But for all the mercenary aims that motivate the business world, big business does like to demonstrate the size of its charitable heart. Donating a majority of personal wealth to philanthropic organizations is a move more billionaires are making, as is giving large sums to major institutions that focus on initiatives like health and education.
Maybe you think it is all just PR.
If so, among the corporate elites, the more surprising charitable impulses are revealed in sometimes random, often minor acts of kindness. Here are examples from eight CEOs who went beyond the calculated charitable giving expected of corporate America and through small acts of kindness forged a personal connection with another human being.