List of famous philanthropists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Philanthropists are the individuals who strive to contribute to the well-being of humankind through their efforts, time and money. They are actively involved in promoting human welfare, and usually strive to achieve this by making generous donation of money to worthy causes. Philanthropy is often associated with the wealthy as they have more resources to donate, but not everyone who is wealthy is engaged in philanthropy! One of the best known philanthropists of our time is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who along with his wife Melinda is a co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Equally well known for his philanthropy is American industrialist and investor Warren Buffet who has pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes. Li Ka-shing and George Soros are also noted philanthropists. Several of the modern day philanthropists cite the Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie as their inspiration—Carnegie gave away almost 90 percent of his fortune to charities, foundations, and universities. He is also credited to have urged the other wealthy people to use their fortunes to help improve society. Read on to discover about the life and works of various famous philanthropists from all over the world.
The WeekndThe Weeknd
(Singer)

16 February 1990

Scarborough

Canadian

Aquarius

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
(Actress)

22 July 1992

Grand Prairie

American

Cancer

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
(Film actress)

18 July 1982

Jamshedpur

Indian

Cancer

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
(Film actress)

20 August 1992

Albuquerque

American

Leo

Dr. DreDr. Dre
(American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur)

18 February 1965

Compton

American

Aquarius

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
(American actor)

13 July 1942

Chicago, Illinois, U.S

American

Cancer

LeBron JamesLeBron James
(NBA Star)

30 December 1984

Akron, Ohio

American

Capricorn

James CordenJames Corden
(Actor)

22 August 1978

London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom

British

Leo

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
(Actress)

12 November 1982

Brooklyn

American

Scorpio

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
(Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist)

30 August 1930

Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

American

Virgo

George LucasGeorge Lucas
(Film Director)

14 May 1944

Modesto

American

Taurus

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
(Singer-songwriter)

18 June 1942

Walton, Liverpool

British

Gemini

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs
(Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs)

06 November 1963

West Milford, New Jersey, United States

American

Scorpio

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
(Actor)

03 April 1924

01 July 2004

Omaha

American

Aries

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
(Actor, Producer)

07 January 1964

Long Beach

American

Capricorn

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
(Founder of Playboy Magazine)

09 April 1926

27 September 2017

Chicago

American

Aries

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
(The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome))

18 May 1920

02 April 2005

Wadowice

Polish

Taurus

Bruno MarsBruno Mars
(Singer-songwriter)

08 October 1985

Honolulu

American

Libra

ShakiraShakira
(Singer)

02 February 1977

Barranquilla

Colombian

Aquarius

Roger FedererRoger Federer
(Tennis Star)

08 August 1981

Basel, Switzerland

Swiss

Leo

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
(Actor)

03 January 1956

Peekskill

American

Capricorn

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
(Actor & Martial Artist)

10 April 1952

Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

American

Aries

Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos
(Founder of Amazon.com)

12 January 1964

Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S

American

Capricorn

Roger MooreRoger Moore
(Actor)

14 October 1927

23 May 2017

Stockwell, London, England

British

Libra

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
(Actress & Author)

23 May 1933

Paddington

British

Gemini

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
(Basketball player)

14 August 1959

Lansing

American

Leo

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
(Singer)

08 May 1975

Madrid

Spanish

Taurus

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
(Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.)

25 November 1835

11 August 1919

Dunfermline

American,Scottish

Sagittarius

Tina FeyTina Fey
(American actress)

18 May 1970

Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American

Taurus

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim
(Entrepreneur)

28 January 1940

Mexico City

Mexican

Aquarius

Colin FarrellColin Farrell
(Actor)

31 May 1976

Castleknock

Irish

Gemini

Charles KochCharles Koch
(Co-Owner of Koch Industries)

01 November 1935

Wichita

American

Scorpio

Richard GereRichard Gere
(Actor & Activist)

31 August 1949

Philadelphia

American

Virgo

Amy LeeAmy Lee
(American singer-songwriter)

13 December 1981

Riverside, California, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

George SorosGeorge Soros

12 August 1930

Budapest, Hungary

British,American

Leo

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand

24 April 1942

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

American

Taurus

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks

26 May 1948

Phoenix

American

Gemini

Patti SmithPatti Smith
(Singer)

30 December 1946

Chicago, Illinois, USA

American

Capricorn

James BluntJames Blunt

22 February 1974

Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

British

Pisces

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
(Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer)

14 March 1933

United States

American

Pisces

Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
(Actress)

23 January 1964

Los Angeles

American

Aquarius

Jimmy PageJimmy Page
(Musician)

09 January 1944

Heston

British

Capricorn

Gregory PeckGregory Peck

05 April 1916

12 June 2003

La Jolla

American

Aries

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
(Actor)

18 January 1955

Lynwood

American

Capricorn

Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
(Actor, Director)

05 January 1931

San Diego, California, U.S

American

Capricorn

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
(Founder of Oracle)

17 August 1944

Manhattan, New York

American

Leo

Cat StevensCat Stevens
(Singer-songwriter)

21 July 1948

Marylebone

British

Cancer

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
(Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director)

16 March 1926

20 August 2017

Newark

American

Pisces

Jet LiJet Li
(Actor, Martial Artist)

26 April 1963

Beijing, China

Singaporean

Taurus

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
(Evangelist)

07 November 1918

Charlotte, North Carolina

American

Scorpio

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford

20 February 1966

DeKalb

American

Pisces

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
(Actress)

08 June 1933

04 September 2014

Brooklyn

American

Gemini

Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg
(Mayor of New York City)

14 February 1942

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

American

Aquarius

Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
(Fashion Designer)

14 October 1939

The Bronx

American

Libra

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
(Actor, Director, Producer)

29 August 1923

24 August 2014

Cambridge, England

British

Virgo

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
(First person to climb Mt. Everest)

20 July 1919

11 January 2008

Auckland

New Zealander

Cancer

Nita AmbaniNita Ambani
(Chairperson of Reliance Foundation)

01 November 1963

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Indian

Scorpio

Ashley JuddAshley Judd
(Actress and Activist)

19 April 1968

Granada Hills, California

Aries

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
(Yoga Guru)

03 September 1957

Mysore

Indian

Virgo

Ibn SaudIbn Saud
(Monarch)

15 January 1876

09 November 1953

Riyadh

Saudi Arabian

Capricorn

Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi

02 March 1962

Sayreville, New Jersey, U.S.

American

Pisces

William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce
(Abolitionist)

24 August 1759

29 July 1833

Kingston upon Hull

British

Virgo

David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
(Banker)

12 June 1915

20 March 2017

New York City

American

Gemini

Serj TankianSerj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)

21 August 1967

Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese,American

Leo

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana

20 July 1947

Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, México

American

Cancer

Kate MossKate Moss
(Supermodel)

16 January 1974

Croydon

British

Capricorn

Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
(Former CEO of Microsoft)

24 March 1956

Detroit

American

Aries

Jane SeymourJane Seymour

15 February 1951

Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK

British

Aquarius

Julian LennonJulian Lennon

08 April 1963

Liverpool, United Kingdom

British

Aries

Jeff GordonJeff Gordon

04 August 1971

Vallejo, California,, United States

American

Leo

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt
(Former CEO of Google)

27 April 1955

Washington, D.C.

American

Taurus

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo
(Basketball player)

22 February 1986

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

American

Pisces

Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox
(Singer-songwriter)

25 December 1954

Scottish

Capricorn

Chris GardnerChris Gardner
(Entrepreneur)

09 February 1954

Milwaukee

American

Aquarius

Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt
(Business Tycoon & Philanthropist)

27 May 1794

04 January 1877

Staten Island

American

Gemini

George StraitGeorge Strait
(American singer)

18 May 1952

Poteet, Texas

American

Taurus

Joel OsteenJoel Osteen
(American Preacher & Televangelist)

05 March 1963

Houston

American

Pisces

Steve WynnSteve Wynn
(Casino Resort Developer)

27 January 1942

New Haven

American

Aquarius

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
(Actress)

09 March 1964

Paris

French

Pisces

Liliane BettencourtLiliane Bettencourt
(Owner of L'Oréal)

21 October 1922

Paris

French

Libra

Laura BushLaura Bush
(Former First Lady)

04 November 1946

Midland, Texas

American

Scorpio

Yasmin Aga KhanYasmin Aga Khan
(Philanthropist)

28 December 1949

Lausanne, Switzerland

American

Capricorn

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
(Imam of Nizari Ismailism)

13 December 1936

Geneva

British

Sagittarius

Danny KayeDanny Kaye
(Actor)

18 January 1911

03 March 1987

Brooklyn

American

Capricorn

Pete SeegerPete Seeger
(American singer)

03 May 1919

27 January 2014

Manhattan

American

Taurus

AnastaciaAnastacia
(American singer-songwriter)

17 September 1968

Chicago

American

Virgo

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse
(Painter)

27 April 1791

02 April 1872

Charlestown, Boston

American

Taurus

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
(Business Tycoon)

05 June 1941

Brookline

American

Gemini

Phil KnightPhil Knight
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)

24 February 1938

Portland

American

Pisces

Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington
(American-Greek author)

15 July 1950

Athens, Greece

American

Cancer

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
(Business Tycoon)

24 July 1945

Karachi

Indian

Leo

Vint CerfVint Cerf
(Engineer)

23 June 1943

New Haven

American

Cancer

CoolioCoolio
(Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef)

01 August 1963

Compton

American

Leo

Damien HirstDamien Hirst
(Artist)

07 June 1965

Bristol

British

Gemini

Li Ka-shingLi Ka-shing
(Entrepreneur)

29 July 1928

Chaozhou

Canadian

Leo

Reed HastingsReed Hastings
(Co-Founder of Net Flix)

08 October 1960

Boston

American

Libra

Joe NamathJoe Namath
(American Football Quarterback)

31 May 1943

Beaver Falls

American

Gemini

Charles AznavourCharles Aznavour
(Singer)

22 May 1924

Paris

French

Gemini

David H. KochDavid H. Koch
(Co-owner of Koch Industries)

03 May 1940

Wichita

American

Taurus

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