The face of South Africa and a symbol of compassion and forgiveness, who was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid, has turned 90 today. Happy birthday, Mr. Nelson Mandela!

But, the first black president of South Africa celebrated his landmark birthday in Robin Hood-style (minus the thievery!): he urged the wealthy to share their prosperity with the less fortunate, according to the AP.

“There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty,” Mandela said, adding that many people in his country are not fortunate enough to make it to 90. “If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.”

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