6 World Famous Philanthropists

Many people earn money but there are very few who truly believe in sharing, caring and working towards the development of the less privileged. These benefactors have enriched the lives of several people. Here are the world’s 6 famous philanthropists.

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates

1. Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, and wife Melinda Gates have supported issues concerning global health and development and education. Their estimated life time giving is 28144 million. In fact Gates, Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg decided to pledge half of their wealth earned through their lives.


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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

2. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has associated himself with health education and humanitarian causes. Most of Buffett’s wealth was dedicated to the Bill Gates Foundation helping displaced African farmers to save their homes in Kenya, Somalia and Darfur.


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Li Ka-Shing

Li Ka-Shing

3. Li Ka-Shing

He is known as the richest man in Hong Kong who owns the world’s largest container terminals and one of the biggest health and beauty retailers. He has donated 5.3 million pounds to the cancer research UK Cambridge institute.


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Henry Wellcome

Henry Wellcome

4. Henry Wellcome

He was an entrepreneur in the field of pharmaceuticals who founded a multinational Pharmaceutical company. After his death, his fortune was dedicated to building the welcome trust which continues to carryout medical research and projects worldwide.


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Joseph Rowntree

Joseph Rowntree

5. Joseph Rowntree

He has dedicated his life to eradicating poverty and constructing a better future for the lesser privileged. He is best known for setting up a village with all the necessary amenities that include free education, library, a doctor and a dentist. He later gave away his wealth to establish different trusts one of which includes the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which invests over 10 million pounds each year to support studies related to poverty.


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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

6. Oprah Winfrey

She is regarded as America’s 50 most generous individuals. She has donated over 400 million dollars to education related causes. In fact, the foundation established by her called the Oprah’s Angel Network funds many non-profit organizations around the world. She dedicated large funds to redevelopment of houses as a result of the demolition experienced during the Katrina Hurricane.


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  • Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Warren Buffett
  • Li Ka-Shing
  • Henry Wellcome
  • Joseph Rowntree
  • Oprah Winfrey

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