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; 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[edit]

Greatest philanthropists by amount of USD[edit]

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[22] Education, healthcare
Bill Gates $75.8 billion[51] Healthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Warren Buffett $32.1 billion[52] Healthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
George Soros $32 billion[53] Healthcare, anti-fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Azim Premji $21 billion[54] Education, healthcare
Michael Bloomberg $12.7 billion[citation needed] Environment, public health, arts, government innovation and education
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 $14 billion [55] Racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, functional democracy, and climate change[56]
Alisher Usmanov $5.8 billion [57][58] Art, science, sport, healthcare
The Sainsbury family $5 billion [57][58] Art, education, human rights, youth, ageing
Christopher Hohn $4.5 billion [59] Youth, poverty, education
Carlos Slim Helu $4.2 billion [59] Arts, education, healthcare, sports, downtown restoration
Alwaleed Philanthropies $4 billion[60] 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 [57][58] Innovations, healthcare, ageing, environment
Phil Knight $2 billion[61] Education, healthcare, intercollegiate athletics
James E. Stowers $2 billion[62] Healthcare
Hansjoerg Wyss $1.9 billion [59] Climate change, poverty
Howard Hughes $1.56 billion[citation needed] Healthcare
Stephan Schmidheiny $1.5 billion [59] Environment, sustainable development
Vitalik Buterin $1 billion [50] Donated $1 billion worth of the cryptocurrencies Shiba Inu and Ether to a COVID-19 relief fund in India.

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

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