What good can your wealth be off if you cannot use them for the wellbeing of your fellowmen and the society you live in. The Top 10 Famous Philanthropists of the World will astound you with the amount of charitable activities they have contributed to human race. Our List of Well Known Philanthropists will offer you a comprehensive overview of charity. They are the one who have spent their hard earned money on the most worthwhile activities. Keep scrolling to know the complete list of Greatest Philanthropists.
Top Ten Philanthropists
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1. Bill & Melinda Gates
The most well known name in the field of person computer revolution – Bill Gates and his better half – Melinda Gates has once again topped the record of top 10 philanthropists in the world with their generous donation of $1.9 billion. They have made their contribution through their private foundation – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Moreover, the couple has even offered $28 billion as total lifetime giving. At present, Bill Gate is the CEO of cascade Investment and Chairman of Corbis on the other hand Melinda is the Co-chair and operator at their join foundation.
2. Warren Buffet
Identified as the twentieth century’s most successful investor, Warren Buffet is the CEO, Chairman and shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. Quite a time, he even found his name being mentioned among the wealthiest people in the world. Due to his devotion towards value investing philosophy, he has also been popular as the “Oracle of Omaha” or the “Wizard of Omaha”. He has donated $1.87 billion as total giving in 2012 and $25 billion as total lifetime giving through the Gates Foundation.
3. George Soros
George Soros philanthropic activities started way back in 1979 when he supported scholarship for black students to attend the Capetown University. Today, after more than three decades he has given up $10 billion as total life time. He has even offered $285 million to governance and accountability programs, while another $250 million was allowed for human rights initiatives. Currently holding the post of a Chairman at Soros Fund Management, the Hungarian-born American is an eminent supporter of progressive-liberal political causes.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
With $549 million as lifetime giving, Mark Zuckerberg has occupied the fourth slot among the famous philanthropists from round the globe. In 2012, the co-founder of the most well known social networking site, Facebook; has bestowed almost half a billion dollars in Facebook stock for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. As of now, he is the chief executive and the chairman of his company.
5. Walton Family
Considered among the richest families known to the world, the Walton Family has been known for contributing $432 million as total giving in 2012 and $4.6 billion as total lifetime giving. The family not only owns the world’s largest retailer, Walmart but also the biggest US foundation – Walton Family Foundation. Every year, the heirs of Walmart have been playing their generous roles in the area of education reformation and enhancement of environmental causes such as marine and freshwater conservation.
6. Eli & Edythe Broad
Reputed for establishing two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries, Eli Broad is a popular entrepreneur. He along with his partner, Edythe Broad; has created The Broad Foundations to keep their philanthropic side active. Their total lifetime giving is estimated to be $3.5 billion while in 2012 they contributed a total amount of $376 million. Their major area of concern is to facilitate science, education and arts. Moreover, the couple has donated $28 million to introduce the Michigan State University’s Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing.
7. Michael Bloomberg
Another business magnet, Michael Bloomberg, apart from being the eleventh richest person in the United States, is also known for his benevolent activities. He had founded the Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation to concentrate in the area of government innovation, education, public health, environment and arts. From 2001 till 2010, he donated a sufficient amount to the Carnegie Corporation. Off all, his alma mater, Johns Hopkins has been the most benefited one. $2.4 billion is the total lifetime donation amount bestowed by Michael.
8. Paul Allen
The co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Paul Allen is the eighth person to hit the world’s greatest philanthropists list with net lifetime donation of $2 billion. As of now, he is the chairman of Vulcan Inc, which he founded for the purpose of business as well as philanthropic activities. Till date, Paul had contributed a total amount of $500 million for the welfare of medical research. Apart from this, he had even supported the Art and Theatre Projects based in Seattle.
9. Chuck Feeney
Focusing on health, quality of life and human rights; the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies had decided to donate $6.3 billion as his total lifetime giving. The Irish-American businessman believes in the concept of using one’s wealth for the good of fellow man. He quietly gives away whatever he earns to his foundation, to be used for the interests of the less privileged ones while he continues to lead a very normal lifestyle.
10. Gordon & Betty Moore
The last ones to grab a position among the top ten well known philanthropists are none other than the co-founder of Intel Corporation, Gordon Moore and his better half. Apart from establishing the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to carry on with charitable work, the couple has even given up $2.3 billion as total lifetime donation. Their foundation has been introduced basically for the purpose of improving the life quality of the future generations.