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The World’s Top 20 Most Charitable Billionaires

From Warren Buffett to Michael Dell, the collective net worth of the top five most generous billionaires, is $287 billion but how much are they giving away?  Between them, these five most charitable billionaires generously donate a whopping $98.5 billion.

Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world, also the most charitable – he has donated more than 55% ($46.6 billion) of his wealth to philanthropic causes. Denise Coates, the best-paid woman in the world, is the most philanthropic female billionaire, publicly donating around 2.7% ($120 million) of her earnings to charitable causes.

To create a list, the CEOWORLD magazine reviewed numerous national and international media reports to find the most charitable people. All billionaires and net worth values are taken from CEOWORLD magazine’s rich list index. The amount in donations is taken from publicly available information, research papers, and academic studies. The percentage of wealth donated is calculated by dividing the amount donated by each billionaire’s net worth. This list was condensed to what we considered the world’s top 20 most charitable billionaires.

The top 20 most charitable billionaires in the world:

  1. Warren Buffett, United States
    Net Worth: $84.7 billion
    Amount Donated: $46.60 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 55.02%
  2. Bill Gates, United States
    Net Worth: $95.6 billion
    Amount Donated: $41 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 42.89%
  3. Michael Bloomberg, United States
    Net Worth: $46.2 billion
    Amount Donated: $6 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 12.99%
  4. Phil Knight & Family, United States
    Net Worth: $31.7 billion
    Amount Donated: $2.90 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 9.14%
  5. Michael Dell, United States
    Net Worth: $26.7 billion
    Amount Donated: $2 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 7.49%
  6. Carlos Slim Helú & Family, Mexico
    Net Worth: $59.3 billion
    Amount Donated: $4 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 6.75%
  7. Ma Huateng, China
    Net Worth: $33.3 billion
    Amount Donated: $2 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 6%
  8. Li Ka-Shing, Hong Kong
    Net Worth: $30.3 billion
    Amount Donated: $1.80 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 5.94%
  9. He Xiangjian, China
    Net Worth: $19.9 billion
    Amount Donated: $1.10 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 5.53%
  10. Sergey Brin, United States
    Net Worth: $48.3 billion
    Amount Donated: $2.20 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 4.56%
  11. Larry Page, United States
    Net Worth: $49.5 billion
    Amount Donated: $2 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 4.04%
  12. Mark Zuckerberg, United States
    Net Worth: $56.4 billion
    Amount Donated: $2 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 3.54%
  13. Denise Coates, United Kingdom
    Net Worth: $4.1 billion
    Amount Donated: $120 million
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 2.7%
  14. David Koch, United States
    Net Worth: $50.6 billion
    Amount Donated: $1 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.98%
  15. Len Blavatnik, United States
    Net Worth: $16.8 billion
    Amount Donated: $278 million
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.65%
  16. Larry Ellison, United States
    Net Worth: $59.5 billion
    Amount Donated: $1 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.68%
  17. Wang Jianlin, China
    Net Worth: $22.8 billion
    Amount Donated: $342 million
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.50%
  18. Jeff Bezos, United States
    Net Worth: $137.6 billion
    Amount Donated: $2 billion
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.45%
  19. Gina Rinehart, Australia
    Net Worth: $17.2 billion
    Amount Donated: $222 million
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.29%
  20. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family, France
    Net Worth: $45.7 billion
    Amount Donated: $500 million
    Percentage of Net Wealth: 1.09%

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Aimee Lee Webber
Editorial Aide/Reporter at The CEOWORLD magazine. Nationally Syndicated Advice Columnist. Generally prefer dogs to humans. Loves dragons. New Yorker.
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