List of philanthropists

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

A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her 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.

A philanthropist may not always find universal approval for his/her deeds. 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).

Some notable philanthropists[edit]

Greatest philanthropists by amount of USD[edit]

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

Name Amount given Cause
Warren Buffett $30.7 billion Healthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Bill Gates $29.0 billion Healthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
Li Ka-shing $10 billion Education, healthcare
Chuck Feeney $6.2 billion Healthcare, youth, ageing, poverty, human rights
George Soros $6 billion Health care, anti-Fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Azim Premji $2 billion Education, healthcare
Howard Hughes $1.56 billion Healthcare

Other[edit]

For a longer list of philanthropists, see Category: Philanthropists.

List of wealthiest foundations

See also[edit]

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