List of philanthropists

A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; donating 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 or one who establishes and funds a foundation.[1]

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

Greatest philanthropists by amount of USD

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

NameAmount givenCause
Bill Gates $35.8 billion[30]Healthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Warren Buffett$34 billion[31]Healthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
Li Ka-shing$10.7 billionEducation, healthcare
Andrew Carnegie$9.5 billionLibraries, education, peace
Azim Premji$8 billion[32]Education, healthcare
Chuck Feeney$6.8 billionHealthcare, youth, ageing, poverty, human rights
George Soros$6.1 billionHealthcare, anti-fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Alwaleed Philanthropies$4 billion[33]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.
Phil Knight$2 billion[34]Education, healthcare, intercollegiate athletics
James E. Stowers$2 billion[35]Healthcare
Howard Hughes$1.56 billionHealthcare

See also


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  32. Karmali, Naazneen. "Azim Premji Donates $2.3 Billion After Signing Giving Pledge". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
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  35. "James E. Stowers Jr., Benefactor of Medical Research, Dies at 90". The New York Times. 19 March 2014.

Further reading

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