At the same time that Angelina Jolie adopted Zahara Jolie-Pitt, she also adopted her older adoptive brother Maddox Jolie-Pitt from Cambodia. Maddox was born on August 5, 2000 and named “Rath Vibol,” but Jolie, who was married to Billy Bob Thornton at the time, changed his name to Maddox Chivan Jolie once she adopted him, per Vizaca. Brad Pitt officially adopted Maddox in 2006 and his last name was hyphenated, per Us Weekly. A source close to Jolie told Daily Mail that the proud mom chose Maddox because he “touched her heart” and “smiled at her” when she was visiting his orphanage.
Much like his sister, Vizaca reports that Maddox inspired his parents to give back as well. In Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, Jolie and Pitt launched The Maddox Chivan Children’s Centre, named after their son. Also similar to the Zahara Programme, The Maddox Chivan Children’s Centre provides health support to the area. However, this program supports children dealing with HIV or AIDS instead of tuberculosis.
Now, Maddox has grown into adulthood, but continues to inspire his mother. In a 2019 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jolie talked about Maddox leaving for college, saying “I just sent one off… I’m so proud of him.” She continued, “I’m so excited, I feel like my world expands as their world expands. I learn so much from them and I love this stage.” Even as their children go on to build lives of their own, the impact that they have had on their parents and the humanitarian efforts that they inspired remain. That’s one heck of a legacy to leave behind.