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). 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 estimated amount given to charity, corresponding to USD.

Name Amount given Cause
Warren Buffett $30.9 billion[citation needed] Healthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Bill Gates $29.5 billion[citation needed] Healthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
Li Ka-shing $10.7 billion[citation needed] Education, healthcare
Chuck Feeney $6.8 billion[citation needed] Healthcare, youth, ageing, poverty, human rights
George Soros $6.1 billion[citation needed] Health care, anti-Fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal $3.5 billion[16] Foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world
Azim Premji $2.3 billion[17] Education, healthcare
Howard Hughes $1.56 billion[citation needed] Healthcare

See also[edit]

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


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