December 11, 2008 09:42 PM by Britteny Elrick
Tonight’s Secret Millionaire is 26 year old Gurbaksh Cahal “G”, who launched his first internet advertising agency at the age of sixteen and sold it two years later for $40 million. Recently, he just sold another company, BluLithium, to yahoo for $300 million. He will be leaving his San Francisco penthouse behind as he goes undercover in the Tenderloin District…
Day 1, G is given $98 and will be living in the Tenderloin District for one week. He settles into his new apartment and then takes a walk and strikes up a conversation with a street guide. The man tells him to watch his back every second.
Day 2, he wakes up tired from the night before since his electricity went out. He goes to the store to get some groceries for the day and ends up spending $35.00. Then he took a walk to the St. Anthony Soup Kitchen to volunteer. G is alarmed at the amount of people waiting in the line. He starts helping in the kitchen and talks to some of the other volunteers, and they share their own personal stories of drug addiction and suicide attempts.
The next day, he goes to visit the Rafael House, a shelter for women. He volunteers to help in the kitchen and then joins some families for dinner. A woman named Kuwana catches his eye and they start talking. She tells him how she moved to America from Puerto Rico with no money and a child. He asks her if she was in an abusive relationship and she starts to cry. She said she will do awesome for her child. Rafaela is the founder of the Rafael House, and G has a talk with her. She talks about her own experience with domestic violence and how it led her to begin the organization. She says her greatest joy is finding people a job and a good, safe place to live with their kids.
That night, he meets up with his sister and they have an emotional exchange. She tells him that regardless of who he decides to help, the outcome will be great.
For the reveal, he first goes to St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen and talks to the kitchen volunteers. He tells them the truth and gives them 35k for their kitchen. Then he goes to Rafael House, and speaks with Rafaela and some of the ladies. He also gives the Rafael House a 35k check, but takes Rafaela aside and gives her a personal gift of 10k. Then he goes to visit Kuwana and her son and gives her 10k.
Secret Millionaire airs Wednesdaysat 8 PM and Thursdays at 7PM on FOX.
Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX