Most of the people are involved in charitable causes depending upon their property and wealth. A Philanthropist is a person who not only donates his wealth to charity but also his time and reputation for this noble cause of charity. It most includes the volunteers, but the term is mainly used for those notable personalities who hold a strong position in society and donates a large amount of money or run a philanthropic company. This term is also used for those people who consider other people’s need prior to their own needs.
However the Philanthropist not always appreciated all around the world and become the victim of accusations and criticism like hidden and selfish reasons for being a philanthropist. In history you will find many rich people who always attempted to help the needy.
Here is the list of top 10 philanthropists from all around the world that have donated a large sum of money in their lives.
10. Philanthropist George Kaiser
George Kaiser is a renowned businessman in America. He is the chairperson of BOK Financial Corporation in Oklahoma. He is also the founder of George Kaiser Family Foundation that deals with the community related causes like health, education, religion, and social issues. The man is one of the richest men with around nine billion dollar wealth and in one of the top 10 philanthropists who has donated 3.3 billion dollars in his lifetime.
George took over the control of Kaiser Francis Oil Company after the death of his father. He is also the founder of Oklahoma City Educare, University of Tulsa and National Energy Policy Institute. He is also one of the major benefactors of Jewish community and supports early childhood education. Recently he joined the institution Giving Pledge and vowed to donate around half of Kaiser’s fortune to charity.
9. Eli Broad
Eli L. Broad is one of the famous entrepreneurs in America. He is also a well known philanthropist. The man is the formed one Fortune 500 in KB Home and another Fortune 500 in SunAmerica. Owing to his all property and wealth, he has been ranked as one of the richest person all around the world and is one of the top philanthropists. He has also donated a lot of many to education department and there is 1 million dollar Broad Prize for Urban Education and has awarded many scholarships in colleges and senior schools.
He is one of the major donor in the art world as well with his Broad Art Foundation. His Grand Avenue Committee is another philanthropist work of his along with many other nonprofit organizations. Eli Broad has donated around 3.3 billion dollars in all his life making his one of the top most philanthropists in the world.
8. Carlos Slim Helu
Carlos is one of the richest people in the world. He is one of the famous businessmen in Mexico, an investor and one of the top philanthropists. He is called as the Warren Buffett in Mexico. Keeping the hold of many Mexican companies with his Grupo Carso, he is the chairman and CEO of Telmex telecommunication company. The man is also a CEO of America Movil that is largest mobile carrier in America. He has done a lot of philanthropist work in The Giving Pledge along with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
With a massive sum of donation in Carlos Slim foundation, medicine research project, several art and education projects like Museo Soumaya and running his three nonprofit organizations, he definitely is the Warren Buffet of Mexico. He established Fundacion Carlos Slim Helu. He also established the Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A.C that is Historic Center Foundation in Mexico to work for the historical areas. He has also donated 100 million dollar to World Wildlife Fund to protect Mexico’s natural environment. His total donations of 4 billion dollars make him one of the top philanthropists.
7. Gordon Moore
Gordon Moore is one of the top most American businessmen and is listed among the richest people in all around the world. Gordon is the co founder of Intel Corporation and also its chairperson. Now he has become one of the top philanthropists with his massive donations. He established the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation for environmental protection, science and supports the project of Andes Amazon Basin and San Francisco Bay area. He was a member of Caltech’s board of trustees and now has become a life trustee.
He has donated 200 million dollars to the University of California and Caltech to make the largest optical telescope. He has also established the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative. The donations of five billion dollars have included him in the list of top philanthropists all around the world.
6. Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi
One of the top philanthropists and one of the richest men in the world, Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz, who belongs to Saudi Arabia. He has been awarded with the King Faisal International prize in 2012. The man has donated half of his fortune in charity making him the top philanthropist in Saudi Arabia.
He has established the university Sulaiman Al Rajhi in his own country that is a nonprofit organization with its main focus on Islamic banking and health. The Islamic bank supports education, health and many social issues like Institute of Arabic Language, Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi Mosque in city Riyadh and National Guard Health affairs. By donating around six billion of his wealth, he has become one of the top 10 philanthropists all around the world.
5. Charles Francis Feeney
Charles Francis is one of the famous Irish American businessman and one of the top 10 philanthropists in the world. He is the founder of the largest private foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies and a co founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group. This foundation works for the travelers and has spread worldwide in many countries. He is known as the James Bond in philanthropist with the purpose of giving away his all fortune.
His Giving While Living philosophy is his mission. His foundations support health, education and social issues in Bermuda, Australia, Ireland, Vietnam and United States making it one of the largest charitable organizations. He has also become a major part of The Giving Pledge by making a donation of Six billion donations; he ranks as one of the top philanthropist.
4. Azim Premji
Azim Premji is one of the leading businessmen in India and is among the top philanthropists. He is also the chairman of Indian Consulting and IT Company Wipro limited. He is an investor and a philanthropist and one of the top 20 powerful men and influential men all around the world. He has established Azim Premji Foundation and University that is a nonprofit institution supporting the universal education particularly in rural areas.
The institute has worked for Computer aided learning programs that provide the computer training in 18 languages. He was given the title of Padma Bhushan for his contribution in commerce and trade. Azim Premji is also a member of The Giving Pledge and is a top philanthropist with his 8 billion dollars donations
3. George Soros
An American business icon, George Soros is one of the top philanthropists all around the world. He is an investor as well as an author. He has been given the title of the man who broke the bank of England. He has been ranked among top 30 richest men in the world. He is the founder of Soros Fund Management and is chairperson of Open Society Foundation that is among his philanthropist work.
He provided highest donations to Central European University and helped in transition of communism in capitalism in Europe. He donated a lot of wealth since 1970 to the University of Cape Town in South Africa and to eradicate the poverty in Africa. His Political Donations in United States, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa are one of his major donations. Soros has also helped the Independent Diplomat and promoted drug policy reform. With his life time donations of 8 billion dollars, he has been ranked third philanthropist all around the world.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is not only one of the top philanthropists but also one of the richest men all around the world. This business magnate and one of the most successful investor in America is also among the most influential people of the world. He has been given the title of Wizard of Omaha with giving away his 99 percent fortune. He is the chairperson and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the co founders of The Giving Pledge. Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and much more are examples of his philanthropist work.
He also supports the health care reform, inheritance taxes and many other social issues. With his massive sum of donation around 22 billion dollars in charity, he has been the second most philanthropist all around the globe.
1. Bill Gates
William Henry Bill Gates is a co founder of Microsoft, the largest software company of the world. He is a business magnate in America, a philanthropist and a computer programmer. He has been ranked in the wealthiest person in the world with a total wealth of 78 billion dollars. Not only this, he has been ranked among the best entrepreneurs and is involved in a number of charitable works and organizations.
He along with his wife established Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the year 2000. This foundation helps other charitable organizations like Wellcome Trust, agriculture development, International Rice Research Institute are among his philanthropist work. Gate Buffett Giving Pledge has been formed by a trio of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg in which all three have donated nearly half of their wealth to support charitable cause. Bill Gates, with his 27 billion donations has been ranked as the top most philanthropist of the world.