But nothing has been mentioned about how he changed lives in Kenya – until now.
The singer, who passed away on Christmas Day, donated £99,000 to Omwabini, a small organisation working with victims of HIV/Aids, after watching Deal or No Deal.
Michael dug deep after seeing a contestant on the Channel 4 show mention that he was raising money for the project in Western Kenya.
His kind act has been revealed in a letter published by The Rev Mary Austin in The Guardian.
It reads: ‘George Michael’s large donation in 2009 made a huge difference to the project. It is a delight to be able to share with others his great generosity.’
Omwabini, which means rescue in Luhya, was set up by a Kenyan woman, Mary Bunyasi, and now accommodates 500 children orphaned by Aids.
That’s not the first time Deal or No Deal has led to Michael being extremely generous.
He also gave £15,000 to a woman who went on the show in order to win enough money to pay for her IVF treatment.
Such a true gent.