Fortunately, with a combined giving power of $321 billion, these 50 philanthropists are using their money and fame to change the world, according to the T&C philanthropists of 2017, report. They are super rich and super generous….
Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once set the standard for giving back: “No man can become rich without himself enriching others,” he said. “The man who dies rich dies disgraced.”
Scores of the world’s richest people have taken to Carnegie philosophy, donating their riches to hundreds of causes.
Super rich and super generous: these are the top 50 most generous philanthropists Of 2017:
- Michael Bloomberg
Grand Plan: Fight climate change
- John Legend
Grand Plan: Reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration
- Cate Blanchett
Grand Plan: Use her celebrity profile to draw attention to the refugee crisis and speak up for the powerless.
- Paul & Maurice Marciano
Grand Plan: Make one of the world’s great contemporary art collections accessible to the public.
- Connie Nielsen
Grand Plan: Help Africa’s poorest citizens become self-sufficient.
- Sanford & Joan Weill
Grand Plan: End Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.
- Courtenay Cabot Venton
Grand Plan: Convince world powers that investment in avoiding humanitarian crises is not only humane, it’s good business.
- Howard & Cindy Rachofsky
Grand Plan: Combat AIDS with art.
- Anna Deavere Smith
Grand Plan: Use theater to show how lack of opportunity can lead people into the criminal justice system.
- Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg
Grand Plan: Cure all disease; improve education.
- Eli & Edythe Broad
Grand Plan: Grand Plan: Encourage entrepreneurship in science and the arts.
- Nicole Hockley
Grand Plan: End gun violence.
- Todd Wagner
Grand Plan: Help non-profits conquer the digital landscape through the Charity Network, the Amazon.com of philanthropy.
- Cari Tuna & Dustin Moskovitz
Grand Plan: Prevent robots from taking over.
- Jeff Skoll
Grand Plan: Pioneer a new kind of doomsday prep.
- Paul Allen
Grand Plan: Use his $20 billion fortune to preserve the earth and keep humans alive.
- Jon Huntsman Sr
Grand Plan: Cure cancer.
- Laura & John Arnold
Grand Plan: Distribute the fortune he made as a natural gas trader at Enron to reform the criminal justice system and improve education.
- Nitzia Logothetis
Grand Plan: Treat postpartum depression and related issues.
- Gbenga & Aisha Oyebode
Grand Plan: Empower African women; support the arts.
- Richard Branson
Grand Plan: Promote sustainability and socially responsible capitalism.
- Joe & Jill Biden
Grand Plan: Eradicate cancer and end violence against women.
- Dayle Haddon
Grand Plan: Bring quality education to girls without access to it, especially those in refugee camps.
- David Miliband
Grand Plan: Help victims of cirises like the Syrian war, which he does as head of the International Rescue Committee, a top global NGO that provides emergency aid.
- Luma Mufleh
Grand Plan: Set up refugee kids for success.
- Mandy Patinkin
Grand Plan: Put refugee centers out of business by fighting for open borders.
- Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Grand Plan: Bring education and opportunity to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Lee Min-Bok
Grand Plan: Empower North Korea’s citizens.
- Henry Timms
Grand Plan: Leverage capitalism for charity.
- Craig Kielburger
Grand Plan: Fight poverty around the globe.
- Mike Porath
Grand Plan: Create a community for people affected by disease, disability, and mental illness.
- Jordan Hewson
Grand Plan: Help the average person make an impact
- Sheryl Sandberg
Grand Plan: Empower women; help people manage grief.
- Robert F. Smith
Grand Plan: Support education, the arts, African-American causes, and combat children’s abuse.
- Bill & Melinda Gates
Grand Plan: Wipe out malaria, malnutrition, and poverty using their fortune (with a big assist from Warren Buffett).
- Darren Walker
Grand Plan: Make social progress around the globe via the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropy in the U.S.
- Chuck Feeney
Grand Plan: Lower his net worth from $8 billion to zero.
- Ron Perelman
Grand Plan: Build New York’s next great cultural institution.
- Pierre & Pam Omidyar
Grand Plan: Head off social disasters with cash infusions.
- Lilianne Ploumen
Grand Plan: Keep NGOs afloat.
- Sheri & Howard Schultz
Grand Plan: Demonstrate that by providing more people with access to opportunities we will strengthen our businesses, our communities and our country.
- Elaine Wynn
Grand Plan: Use her money and mojo to level inequalities among the nation’s schools and keep the arts vibrant (including Alvin Ailey and LACMA, to which she contributed $50 million last year.)
- Sean & Alexandra Parker
Grand Plan: Cure cancer.
- Glenn E. Martin
Grand Plan: Slash the nation’s prison population by half by 2030.
- Jacqueline Novogratz
Grand Plan: Attack global poverty.
- Reed Hastings
Grand Plan: Use his $100 million Hastings Fund to support education.
- Charlotte Jones Anderson
Grand Plan: Reinvigorate fundraising for youth sports and poverty reduction.
- James Simons
Fund cutting-edge research not supported in traditional academia.
- Roxanne Quimby
Grand Plan: Preserve wildlife, particularly in her home state of Maine.
- Billy & Jennifer Frist
Grand Plan: Help autistic individuals become independent, working adults.