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.
Jeff BezosJeff Bezos
12 January 1964, American
Founder of Amazon.com
LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

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

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
14 August 1959, American
Basketball player

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
18 July 1982, Indian
Actress

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956, American
Actor

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Actress
Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
30 August 1930, American
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992, American
Actress

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American
Actor

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964, American
Actor, Producer

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

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955, American
Actor

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand
24 April 1942, American
American singer-songwriter

Richard GereRichard Gere
31 August 1949, American
Actor
ShakiraShakira
02 February 1977, Colombian
Singer

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Colin FarrellColin Farrell
31 May 1976, Irish
Actor

Sophia BushSophia Bush
08 July 1982, American
Actress

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952, American
Actor
Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

Bruno MarsBruno Mars
08 October 1985, American
Singer-songwriter
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
23 January 1964, American
Actress

George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944, American
Filmmaker

Roger FedererRoger Federer
08 August 1981, Swiss
Tennis Player
Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927, British
Actor

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Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru
Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
Actress

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
08 May 1975, Spanish
Singer

Gregory PeckGregory Peck
05 April 1916, American
 

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978, British
Actor
Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926, American
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
20 September 1972, American, South African
Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs

Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
05 January 1931, American
Actor, Director

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

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
24 July 1945, Indian
Business Tycoon
Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American
 

AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia Robb
08 December 1993, American
Actress

Jet LiJet Li
26 April 1963, Singaporean
Actor, Martial Artist

Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg
14 February 1942, American
Mayor of New York City

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923, British
British Politician
Priscilla ChanPriscilla Chan
24 February 1985, American
Wife of Mark Zuckerberg

Joe NamathJoe Namath
31 May 1943, American
American Football Quarterback
Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944, British
Musician

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949, French
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

Jane SeymourJane Seymour
15 February 1951, British
 
Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
17 August 1944, American
Founder of Oracle
Chris GardnerChris Gardner
09 February 1954, American
Entrepreneur

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford
20 February 1966, American
 

William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce
24 August 1759, British
Abolitionist

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
16 March 1926, American
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director
Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox
25 December 1954, Scottish
Singer-songwriter

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

Kate MossKate Moss
16 January 1974, British
Supermodel

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer
Joel OsteenJoel Osteen
05 March 1963, American
American Preacher & Televangelist

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress
Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist

George StraitGeorge Strait
18 May 1952, American
American singer

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs
06 November 1963, American
Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs
Reed HastingsReed Hastings
08 October 1960, American
Co-Founder of Net Flix

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963, British
 
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947, American
 

James BluntJames Blunt
22 February 1974, British
 

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim
28 January 1940, Mexican
Entrepreneur
Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
24 March 1956, American
Former CEO of Microsoft

Amy LeeAmy Lee
13 December 1981, American
American singer-songwriter
Nita AmbaniNita Ambani
01 November 1963, Indian
Indian philanthropist

Laura BushLaura Bush
04 November 1946, American
Former First Lady of the United States

Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
14 October 1939, American
Fashion Designer

Phil KnightPhil Knight
24 February 1938, American
Co-founder of Nike, Inc.
Douglas PittDouglas Pitt
02 November 1966, American
Businessman, Brother of Brad Pitt
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967, Lebanese, American
Singer-songwriter

Ibn SaudIbn Saud
15 January 1876, Saudi Arabian
Monarch

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919, New Zealander
First person to climb Mt. Everest

Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt
27 May 1794, American
Business Tycoon & Philanthropist
Steve WynnSteve Wynn
27 January 1942, American
Casino Resort Developer

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964, French
Actress

Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839, Indian
Father of Indian Industry

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
05 June 1941, American
Chief Executive Officer of the New England

Jeff GordonJeff Gordon
04 August 1971, American
 
Rose KennedyRose Kennedy
22 July 1890, American
American philanthropist

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley
17 October 1968, Jamaican
 
Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936, British
Imam of Nizari Ismailism

David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
12 June 1915, American
Banker
Mo FarahMo Farah
23 March 1983, British
Athlete
CoolioCoolio
01 August 1963, American
Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef