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.
Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg
14 February 1942, American
Mayor of New York City
LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

Jeff BezosJeff Bezos
12 January 1964, American
Founder of Amazon.com

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992, American
Actress

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
18 July 1982, Indian
Actress

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor
Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Roger FedererRoger Federer
08 August 1981, Swiss
Tennis Player

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964, American
Actor, Producer

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American
Actor
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Actress

George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944, American
Film Director
ShakiraShakira
02 February 1977, Colombian
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
30 August 1930, American
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956, American
Actor

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978, British
Actor
Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
14 August 1959, American
Basketball player

George SorosGeorge Soros
12 August 1930, Hungarian, American
Investor, Philanthropist

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Richard GereRichard Gere
31 August 1949, American
Actor

Don ImusDon Imus
23 July 1940, American
Radio Talk Show Host
Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949, French
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur

Camilla Parker BowlesCamilla Parker Bowles
17 July 1947, British
British duchess

Sophia BushSophia Bush
08 July 1982, American
Actress
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
23 January 1964, American
Actress
Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Bruno MarsBruno Mars
08 October 1985, American
Singer-songwriter

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955, American
Actor
Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand
24 April 1942, American
American singer-songwriter

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Colin FarrellColin Farrell
31 May 1976, Irish
Actor

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
American actress

Joe NamathJoe Namath
31 May 1943, American
American Football Quarterback
Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
14 October 1939, American
Fashion Designer

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952, American
Actor & Martial Artist
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer

Danny KayeDanny Kaye
18 January 1911, American
Actor

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926, American
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
08 May 1975, Spanish
Singer

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923, British
Actor, Director, Producer
Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
05 January 1931, American
Actor, Director

Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American
 

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
05 June 1941, American
Business Tycoon
Gregory PeckGregory Peck
05 April 1916, American
 

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
25 November 1835, American, Scottish
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a

Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927, British
Actor

Joel OsteenJoel Osteen
05 March 1963, American
American Preacher & Televangelist
Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford
20 February 1966, American
 

Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist
Chris GardnerChris Gardner
09 February 1954, American
Entrepreneur

AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia Robb
08 December 1993, American
Actress

Jet LiJet Li
26 April 1963, Singaporean
Actor, Martial Artist
James BluntJames Blunt
22 February 1974, British
 

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
17 August 1944, American
Founder of Oracle
Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944, British
Musician

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
16 March 1926, American
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director
Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
24 March 1956, American
Former CEO of Microsoft

Jane SeymourJane Seymour
15 February 1951, British
 
Nita AmbaniNita Ambani
01 November 1963, Indian
Chairperson of Reliance Foundation

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim
28 January 1940, Mexican
Entrepreneur

Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox
25 December 1954, Scottish
Singer-songwriter
Douglas PittDouglas Pitt
02 November 1966, American
Businessman, Brother of Brad Pitt
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress & Author

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963, British
 

Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
20 September 1972, American, South African
Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs
06 November 1963, American
Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs
George StraitGeorge Strait
18 May 1952, American
American singer

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo
22 February 1986, American
Basketball player

Amy LeeAmy Lee
13 December 1981, American
American singer-songwriter

Kate MossKate Moss
16 January 1974, British
Supermodel

Princess AnnePrincess Anne
15 August 1950, British
 
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947, American
 

Phil KnightPhil Knight
24 February 1938, American
Co-founder of Nike, Inc.
Reed HastingsReed Hastings
08 October 1960, American
Co-Founder of Net Flix

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
24 July 1945, Indian
Business Tycoon

Ibn SaudIbn Saud
15 January 1876, Saudi Arabian
Monarch
Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt
27 May 1794, American
Business Tycoon & Philanthropist

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936, British
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964, French
Actress

Ishwar Chandra VidyasagarIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar
26 September 1820, Indian
Social Reformer, Philosopher

Connie StevensConnie Stevens
08 August 1938, American
Film actress

Sathya Sai BabaSathya Sai Baba
23 November 1926, Indian
Spiritual Guru
Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919, New Zealander
First person to climb Mt. Everest

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
23 April 1919, German
Actress
Charles KochCharles Koch
01 November 1935, American
Co-Owner of Koch Industries

Lady Bird JohnsonLady Bird Johnson
22 December 1912, American
First Lady of the United States
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967, Lebanese, American
Singer-songwriter

Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839, Indian
Father of Indian Industry
Priscilla ChanPriscilla Chan
24 February 1985, American
Wife of Mark Zuckerberg