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.

Some 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.

NameAmount givenCause
Warren Buffett$30.7 billionHealthcare, extreme poverty, education, access to information technology
Bill Gates$29.0 billionHealthcare, education, AIDS-prevention, sanitation
Li Ka-shing$10 billionEducation, healthcare
Chuck Feeney$6.2 billionHealthcare, youth, ageing, poverty, human rights
George Soros$6 billionHealth care, anti-Fascist publications, human rights, economic, legal, and social reform
Azim Premji$2 billionEducation, healthcare
Howard Hughes$1.56 billionHealthcare


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

List of wealthiest foundations

See also[edit]


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