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Meet the 10 Greatest Philanthropists in the World

Last Updated on July 25, 2019

If you were super rich, would you like to share your wealth with others or would rather die super rich? An American philanthropist once said that no one can become rich without himself enriching others and that whoever dies rich dies disgraced.

Many of the world’s wealthiest individuals choose to share their fortune with their community and engage in philanthropy. Some people say it is pure generosity, while others assume it’s only for tax reasons. Either way, the dollars spent for charitable purposes are needed and certainly has some kind of positive impact on somebody’s life.

Sharing is caring. These greatest philanthropists actually cared enough to share a combined total worth of billions of dollars.

1. George Kaiser

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Total Donations: $3.3 billion

The chairman of BOK Financial Corporation, George Kaiser is also the founder of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, which donates to various causes, including social and community development, religion, health, and education.

In 2010, George Kaiser joined the Giving Pledge, which is a campaign that aims to encourage rich people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. He has donated $3.3 billion, so far.

2. Eli Broad

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Total Donations: $3.3 billion

Eli Broad is the only person who could establish two Fortune 500 companies in separate industries: the SunAmerica and KB Home. He also has two foundations: The Broad Art Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Eli Broad was ranked by Forbes as the world’s 65th richest person in 2015, with an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion. Eli and Edythe Broad joined the Giving Pledge in 2010 and committed to giving 75% of their wealth to charity, supporting education, art, scientific and medical research, and gun control.

3. Carlos Slim Helù

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Total Donations: $4 billion

Carlos Slim Helù is one of the world’s wealthiest billionaires and one of the top 3 richest men on the planet. He is the founder of different foundations and has donated $4 billion for charitable purposes so far.

This Mexican businessman has a total net worth of $67.9 billion in 2017. His businesses include financial services, sports, retail, high-technology, entertainment, hospitality, energy, media, real estate, transportation, industrial manufacturing, health care, and education.

Carlos Slim has expressed solid support for philanthropy, he founded 3 non-profit foundations in Mexico City for downtown restoration, sports, health care, education, and arts.

4. Gordon Moore

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Total Donations: $5 billion

Gordon Moore is the co-founder of Intel Corporation. In 2006, he retired from his corporate positions and is currently deeply involved in philanthropy together with his wife. They both manage projects through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Moore donated $5 billion to campaigns supporting science, patient care, and environmental conservation.

This American business had a net worth of $7.4 billion (2017), according to Forbes. Moore had receivers several honors and scientific awards due to his various accomplishments in computers and telecommunications, engineering, chemistry and science, and more.

5. Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi

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Total Donations: $5.7 billion

Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi is the co-founder of Al Rajhi Bank, along with his three brothers. This bank has become one of the biggest Islamic banks on the globe. The entire Al Rajhi family is regarded as the wealthiest non-royal family in Saudi Arabia.

Sulaiman Al Rajhi is one of the world’s leading philanthropists. He announced in 2011 that he was donating the majority of his fortune, which then was $7.7 billion, to charity. He also established a nonprofit university in his hometown that focuses on Islamic banking and health but also contains other faculties.

6. Charles Francis Feeney

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Total Donations: $6.3 billion

Charles Francis Feeney is the co-founder of the Duty-Free Shoppers Group and is a devoted philanthropist, determined to give not only the majority but his entire fortune to charity. His actual net worth is of $1.5 million, while he already donated $6.3 billion for charitable purposes.

He created many foundations that support civil rights, healthcare, science, and education throughout multiple countries, including Bermuda, Vietnam, and the United States. Feeney believes that there is no better reward and appropriate use of wealth than give whine one is living to improve the human condition, especially that today’s needs are so great.

7. Azim Premji

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Total Donations: $8 billion

Azim Premji is an Indian philanthropist, investor, and business tycoon, as well as he is the chairman of an IT consulting company, Wipro Limited. In fact, Premji is the first Indian to ever sign the Giving Pledge.

Moreover, he has been listed by TIME Magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world, twice. He believes that he should greatly try and create a better world for others. Having a net worth of $16.1 billion (2017), Azim Premji donated $8 billion of his fortune, so far.

8. George Soros

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Total Donations: $8 billion

George Soros is a Hungarian philanthropist, author, and investor. Soros is also the chairman of Soros Fund Management and one of world’s most successful investors. This rich businessman has been actively engaged in philanthropy since the 70s. His philanthropic funding mainly aims to promote non-violent democratization throughout the post-Soviet states. Currently, his total net worth is of $25.2 billion.

9. Warren Buffett

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Total Donations: $21.5 billion

Warren Buffet is the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the wealthiest and most generous people on the planet. He is the 4th richest person in the world and the 2nd richest in the US, with a total net worth of $73.3. Buffet has donated $21.5 billion, so far, to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations.

In 2010, Warren Buffet, together with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, have signed the Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least half of their wealth to charity and invite other rich individuals to do the same.

10. Bill Gates

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Total Donations: 27$ billion

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, the largest software company in the world, is the greatest philanthropist in the world. He actually spends most of his times managing philanthropic projects through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates has donated $27 billion to charity so far.

Unlike other major charitable foundations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lets benefactors access information that indicates how money is being spent. This foundation is organized into 4 divisions: Global Policy and Advocacy, Global Health, Global Development, and United States Division.

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