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Top 10 Billionaire Philanthropists Who Made The Difference In 2020

Bernard Arnault

Some billionaires around the world strategically prioritize outputs over inputs at their companies and focus on balancing corporate, environmental, and social values with corporate profitability. The ten billionaires- philanthropy leaders who are presented below are Covid-19 donors and venture capital investors in cleantech businesses for 2020. Also, the companies they own received a sustainability score for their significant performance across environmental, social, and governance factors. The data comes from the UBS – PwC billionaires report 2020.

  1. Azim Premji: He is an Indian businessman, investor, and philanthropist born in 1945. Premji is the founder chairman of Wipro Limited. The sustainability performance of his company for 2020 ranked with a score 7.78. The leading figure in India’s IT industry who is behind the Azim Premji Foundation dedicated to education in India made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
  2. Antti Herlin & Ilkka Herlin: The two brothers are Finnish billionaires businessmen. Antti Herlin is the chairman of the Finnish Kone Corporation. According to Forbes, Antti Herlin appeared as the richest person in Finland for 2019 with a net worth of 4,8 billion dollars. Ilkka Herlin is co-owner at Kone and also chairman and one of the owners at Cargotec. The sustainability performance of Kone Corporation for 2020 ranked with a score 7.38. The two brothers made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
  3. Ludwig Merckle: He is a German billionaire businessman and chairman of Merckle Group, a family business. According to Forbes, Merckle has a net worth of 5.4 billion dollars as of October 2020. The sustainability performance of Merckle Group for 2020 ranked with a score of 7.33. However, the businessman didn’t make any donations for the coronavirus pandemic or invested in cleantech in 2020.
  4. Anne Beaufour: Anne Beaufour was born in 1963 and she is a French billionaire heiress. She is a board member of Ipsen, France’s four largest pharmaceutical company, owned by her family. The sustainability performance of Ipsen for 2020 ranked with a score of 7.32. Furthermore, Anne Beaufour made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
  5. David Duffield: David Duffield is a well-known software entrepreneur and the person behind a foundation dedicated to animal welfare. He is an American billionaire businessman. Duffield is the co-founder and chairman at Workday, Inc. The sustainability performance of Workday for 2020 ranked with a score of 7.26. Furthermore, David Duffield made donations for the coronavirus pandemic but not invested any money in cleantech in 2020.
  6. Frits Goldschmeding: He is a Dutch billionaire businessman, founder of Randstad Holding, the world’s largest staffing company. He was born in 1933. The sustainability performance of Randstad Holding for 2020 ranked with a score of 7.06. Frits Goldschmeding made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
  7. Stefan Quandt: He is a German billionaire, engineer, and industrialist. On his father’s death in 1982 he inherited 17,4% of BMW, the company his father had saved from bankruptcy in 1959. From further purchases, he now owns 23,7% of the company. He also inherited from his father substantial holdings in other companies. The sustainability performance of BMW for 2020 ranked with a score of 6.94. Stefan Quandt made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
  8. Peter Woo & Family: He comes from Hong Kong and he is a billionaire businessman.  He was the chairman of Wheelock and Company Limited and The Wharf Holdings Limited until 19 May 2015. As of August 2020, his net worth is estimated to be 13.8 billion dollars. The sustainability performance of Wheelock and Company Limited for 2020 ranked with a score of 6.93. Peter Woo and their family made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020. It is worth mentioning that although Wheelock and Company Limited were publicly listed during the time of analysis, the company’s shareholders have recently agreed to its privatization.
  9. Bernard Arnault & Family: He was born in 1949. He is a French billionaire businessman and art collector. Arnault briefly surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world in December of 2019. He again became the world’s richest person for a short time in January 2020. He is the chairman and CEO at LVMH and also the chairman at Christian Dior SE. The sustainability performance of LVMH for 2020 ranked with a score of 6.91. Bernard Arnault & Family made donations for the coronavirus pandemic and invested in cleantech in 2020.
    Bernard Arnault
  10. Joe Mansueto: He is an American billionaire entrepreneur born in 1956. He is the founder, majority owner, and executive chairman of Morningstar, Inc. He is also the owner of Chicago Fire FC. The sustainability performance of Morningstar Inc. for 2020 ranked with a score of 6.88. Furthermore, Joe Mansueto made donations for the coronavirus pandemic but not invested any money in cleantech in 2020.
Maria Gourtsilidou
Maria Gourtsilidou is Senior Editor of Research and Data Analytics at the CEOWORLD magazine. She is responsible for driving thought leadership, using data analytics to showcase the company’s products and services, and fostering knowledge sharing between CEOWORLD magazine and client organizations. She studied Public Administration (Economics Of The Public Sector) in Greece and holds a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from the Panteion University of Political & Social Studies. Follow Maria Gourtsilidou on Twitter. Write at maria-gourtsilidou@ceoworld.biz.
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