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Matthew McConaughey explains why he’s inspired by Marc Benioff's 'new capitalism'

Academy Award winning actor, Matthew McConaughey joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss income inequality, capitalism, and social media's impact on society.

Video Transcript

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: It sure seems like a lot of times when we break down the differences between us by our sex or color of skin or what have you, boy, everything seems to-- the real pot or the real place that everything sort of finds its waterline is in that-- is our socioeconomic level.

You know, especially in America, the capitalist society, money still can't-- you know, you need it to get what you want. It's what we tell-- it's what America tells our children and ourselves what to be successful is. Money and fame.

I think, you know, we need to not necessarily have those always at the top. And also, I think, what I mean by that is I'm all for making money. I have good money. I'm all for fame. I'm happy to be famous.

But I'm inspired by looking at people like John Mackey with Whole Foods during Marc Benioff with Salesforce force go, hey, I have an idea that's really good to do even if it was for nonprofit. But let's make profit off of it.

So what are those things that we're going to ask ourselves, hey, no, I want to sell this. I want to make money off this. I won't get rich off this. And how can it also be-- can we parlay that into being something like, oh, and it's good for the most amount of people.

Those two are interchangeable, and they don't have to be a contradiction. And I hope that more of us invest in those kind of things because you can make a really good live in, a for-profit living, with a non-profit idea.