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
ShakiraShakira
02 February 1977, Colombian
Singer

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

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
20 August 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
18 July 1982, Indian
Actress

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942, American
American actor

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson
14 August 1959, American
Basketball player
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway
12 November 1982, American
Actress

Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992, American
Actress
Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
30 August 1930, American
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956, American
Actor

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964, American
Actor, Producer

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924, American
Actor
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

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

Richard GereRichard Gere
31 August 1949, American
Actor

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
08 May 1975, Spanish
Singer
Roger FedererRoger Federer
08 August 1981, Swiss
Tennis Player

George SorosGeorge Soros
12 August 1930, Hungarian, American
Investor, Philanthropist
Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
23 April 1919, German
Actress

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand
24 April 1942, American
American singer-songwriter
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
23 January 1964, American
Actress

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
24 July 1945, Indian
Business Tycoon
Bruno MarsBruno Mars
08 October 1985, American
Singer-songwriter

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

Colin FarrellColin Farrell
31 May 1976, Irish
Actor
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955, American
Actor

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Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952, American
Actor
Sophia BushSophia Bush
08 July 1982, American
Actress

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978, British
Actor

Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927, British
Actor

Tina FeyTina Fey
18 May 1970, American
American actress
Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926, American
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
02 March 1962, American
 

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

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

George LucasGeorge Lucas
14 May 1944, American
Film Director
Robert DuvallRobert Duvall
05 January 1931, American
Actor, Director

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

Ashley JuddAshley Judd
19 April 1968, American
Actress and Activist

Gregory PeckGregory Peck
05 April 1916, American
 

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
17 August 1944, American
Founder of Oracle
Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford
20 February 1966, American
 

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923, British
Actor, Director, Producer
Joe NamathJoe Namath
31 May 1943, American
American Football Quarterback

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

Joel OsteenJoel Osteen
05 March 1963, American
American Preacher & Televangelist
Chris GardnerChris Gardner
09 February 1954, American
Entrepreneur

Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944, British
Musician
Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer

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

Priscilla ChanPriscilla Chan
24 February 1985, American
Wife of Mark Zuckerberg

AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia Robb
08 December 1993, American
Actress

James BluntJames Blunt
22 February 1974, British
 
Jane SeymourJane Seymour
15 February 1951, British
 

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis
16 March 1926, American
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Director

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim
28 January 1940, Mexican
Entrepreneur

Billy GrahamBilly Graham
07 November 1918, American
Evangelist
Kate MossKate Moss
16 January 1974, British
Supermodel

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933, British
Actress
Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox
25 December 1954, Scottish
Singer-songwriter

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs
06 November 1963, American
Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs

Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963, British
 
Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933, American
Actress

Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
24 March 1956, American
Former CEO of Microsoft
George StraitGeorge Strait
18 May 1952, American
American singer

Douglas PittDouglas Pitt
02 November 1966, American
Businessman, Brother of Brad Pitt

Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren
14 October 1939, American
Fashion Designer
Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839, Indian
Father of Indian Industry

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947, American
 
Robert KraftRobert Kraft
05 June 1941, American
Business Tycoon

Reed HastingsReed Hastings
08 October 1960, American
Co-Founder of Net Flix

Ibn SaudIbn Saud
15 January 1876, Saudi Arabian
Monarch

Amy LeeAmy Lee
13 December 1981, American
American singer-songwriter
Jeff GordonJeff Gordon
04 August 1971, American
 
Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
20 September 1972, American, South African
Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs

Nita AmbaniNita Ambani
01 November 1963, Indian
Chairperson of Reliance Foundation

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo
22 February 1986, American
Basketball player

Laura BushLaura Bush
04 November 1946, American
Former First Lady of the United States
Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt
27 May 1794, American
Business Tycoon & Philanthropist

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964, French
Actress

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936, British
Imam of Nizari Ismailism

Phil KnightPhil Knight
24 February 1938, American
Co-founder of Nike, Inc.

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley
17 October 1968, Jamaican
 
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967, Lebanese, American
Singer-songwriter

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919, New Zealander
First person to climb Mt. Everest
Connie StevensConnie Stevens
08 August 1938, American
Film actress

Steve WynnSteve Wynn
27 January 1942, American
Casino Resort Developer
David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
12 June 1915, American
Banker
William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce
24 August 1759, British
Abolitionist