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List of philanthropists

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Herodes Atticus, a Greek philanthropist of Classical Rome active during the second century (antiquity)
Herodes Atticus, a Greek philanthropist of Classical Rome active during the second century (antiquity)

A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; donating their time, money, and/or reputation to charitable causes. The term may apply to any volunteer or to anyone who makes a donation, but the label is most often applied to those who donate large sums of money or who make a major impact through their volunteering, such as a trustee who manages a philanthropic organization or one who establishes and funds a foundation.[1]

A philanthropist may not always find universal approval for their deeds.[2] Common accusations include supporting an unworthy cause (such as funding art instead of fighting world hunger) or having selfish motivation at heart (such as avoiding taxes or attaining personal fame). A philanthropist is also someone who cares for someone else's needs instead of their own.

Notable philanthropists

Greatest philanthropists by amount of USD

The following table orders the greatest philanthropists by the estimated amount given to charity, corresponding to USD.

Name Amount given Cause
Jamsetji Tata $102.4 billion[15] Education, healthcare
Bill Gates $35.8 billion[34] Healthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Warren Buffett $34 billion[35] Healthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
George Soros $32 billion[36] Healthcare, anti-fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Azim Premji $21 billion[37] Education, healthcare
Li Ka-shing $10.7 billion[citation needed] Education, healthcare
Andrew Carnegie $9.5 billion[citation needed] Libraries, education, peace
Chuck Feeney $6.8 billion[citation needed] Healthcare, youth, ageing, poverty, human rights
MacKenzie Scott $6 billion[38] Racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, functional democracy, and climate change[39]
Alisher Usmanov $5.8 billion [40][41] Art, science, sport, healthcare
The Sainsbury family $5 billion [40][41] Art, education, human rights, youth, ageing
Christopher Hohn $4.5 billion [42] Youth, poverty, education
Carlos Slim Helu $4.2 billion [42] Arts, education, healthcare, sports, downtown restoration
Alwaleed Philanthropies $4 billion[43] Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, government and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education.
The Weston family $2.3 billion [40][41] Innovations, healthcare, ageing, environment
Phil Knight $2 billion[44] Education, healthcare, intercollegiate athletics
James E. Stowers $2 billion[45] Healthcare
Hansjoerg Wyss $1.9 billion [42] Climate change, poverty
Howard Hughes $1.56 billion[citation needed] Healthcare
Stephan Schmidheiny $1.5 billion [42] Environment, sustainable development
Vitalik Buterin $1 billion [46] Donated $1 billion worth of the cryptocurrencies Shiba Inu and Ether to a COVID-19 relief fund in India.

See also


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  2. ^ Soskis, Benjamin. "What if philanthropy isn't the best way for rich people to help others?". The Washington Post.
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  4. ^ "Destination Jeddah: Who's Who". Archived from the original on 2013-08-11.
  5. ^ Raponi, Lorenza (2013). Half of Two Paisas: The Extraordinary Mission of Abdul Sattar Edhi and Bilquis Edhi. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-906852-4.
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  9. ^ "No. 11: David Koch". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  10. ^ "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library". Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
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  12. ^ "Frank Islam to dedicate $2-million management school at alma mater AMU". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2017-02-06. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-10-04.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  14. ^ "James Packer leaves $200 million on the table". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
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  16. ^ Haberman, Frederick (1972). Nobel Lectures, Peace 1926-1950. Amsterdam madhav bhan – founder of remadhav art foundation.: Elsevier Publishing Company.
  17. ^ "Janet Lacey". Hutchinson's Biography Database. 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via MasterFILE Complete.
  18. ^ Stephanie Simon (October 30, 2006). "Unregulated Groups Wield Millions To Sway Voters". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012.
  19. ^ The Campaign Finance Institute Archived 2016-09-10 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Open Secrets". Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  21. ^ Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation Archived 2012-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Kotecki, Peter. "Tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have pledged to give away billions through the 'Giving Pledge' — here's where the money is going". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  23. ^ Forbes: "Talking Philanthropy With Marc Benioff" By Bruce Upbin September 18, 2012
  24. ^ DAUNT, TINA (2009-07-08). "Michael Jackson's generous legacy". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
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  26. ^ "Peter Cooper | The Philanthropy Hall of Fame | The Philanthropy Roundtable". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  27. ^ "Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity". BBC News. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  28. ^ "Introduction to the Aga Khan Development Network". Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  29. ^ a b "About the Aga Khan Development Network". Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  30. ^ "Beaten up by Bangladeshi officials". BBC London. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  31. ^ Ramirez, Anthony (2006). "Exclusive Interview: Billionaire Ronald Perelman With His Dad". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  32. ^ "News Briefs". The DP. September 30, 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  33. ^ "Ethereum creator donates $1 billion worth of meme coins to India".
  34. ^ "Bill Gates". Forbes. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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  36. ^ "George Soros". In 2017, the Open Society Foundations announced that Soros had transferred $18 billion of his fortune towards funding the future work of the Foundations, bringing his total giving to the Foundations since 1984 to over $32 billion
  37. ^ Karmali, Naazneen. "Azim Premji Donates $2.3 Billion After Signing Giving Pledge". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  38. ^ "MacKenzie Scott Gives Away $4.2 Billion in Four Months". 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  39. ^ Rishi Iyengar. "MacKenzie Scott, formerly Bezos, says she has given away $1.7 billion of her wealth so far". CNN. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  40. ^ a b c McCall, Nick Rodrigues and Alastair. "Marcus Rashford tops The Sunday Times Giving List 2021". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
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  42. ^ a b c d Çam, Deniz. "From Azim Premji to Carlos Slim: The World's Most Generous Billionaires Outside Of The U.S." Forbes. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  43. ^ Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32bn to charity – Al Jazeera English
  44. ^ Rogoway, Mike. "Phil and Penny Knight's charitable contributions top $2 billion". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  45. ^ "James E. Stowers Jr., Benefactor of Medical Research, Dies at 90". The New York Times. 19 March 2014.
  46. ^ "Ethereum creator donates $1 billion worth of meme coins to India".

Further reading

  • Grimm, Robert T. Notable American Philanthropists: Biographies of Giving and Volunteering (2002) excerpt
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