Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami list is A-list actor and philanthropist Matt Damon.
What Makes Him Haute: The A-list actor (named “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2007 by People) settled down in Miami Beach with a former bartender from a South Beach hot spot. The couple has two girls, and Damon is also stepfather to another from his wife’s first marriage, meaning he’s the only male in his household. Maybe that accounts for the action-packed, explosion-riddled flicks he stars in, such as the Bourne series and his latest film, The Green Zone. In addition to being a box-office draw, the Harvard-educated Damon is a liberal activist, philanthropist, and Miami triathlon competitor. He co-founded LivePlanet production company with Ben Affleck in 2000 with the mission of creating media that can be enjoyed across a variety of platforms, and while the company has been “resting” for a bit, in February, it was announced that the two Oscar winners are teaming up again to produce films for Warner Bros.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Singer/songwriter and philanthropist Barclay Martin has partnered with Water.org, a non-profit organization co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White. The Kansas City-based musician is taking part in the clean water project in rural Kenya alongside Damon.
Water.org is responsible for the transformation of hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America by providing access to clean water and sanitation. “One in eight people lack access to safe drinking water — and two in five people don’t have a sanitary toilet. These two deficits are the leading cause of disease and death in the world,” says Damon. “This is the good news: we know how to bring people clean water. Solutions are simple, affordable, and readily available. Together, we can end this crisis,” he adds.
New partner and advocate Barclay Martin will debut “Pools That Swell With the Rain” at the historic Folly Theater on Sept. 24. A portion of proceeds from the album will help fund new wells, sanitation technologies and health education in the Kyuso District of Kenya.