The most common notion attached to being rich is that you need to save a lot of money. However, there are a number of exceptions to this notion. Each year, some of the richest people in the world open up their heart and fortune to donate to a number of charitable organizations working across the globe. These philanthropist billionaires include some of the most well known people on the planet (and few relatively unknown ones too!). Here is a list of a few of them-
Consistently ranked as one of the richest persons in the world, Bill Gates has donated over $27 billion till date in efforts to eradicate preventable diseases. The foundation he runs along with his wife has funded several worldwide initiatives working on emergency relief, poverty eradication, health, education and agricultural development. He has been known to donate more wealth than anyone else on the planet.
CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet is probably one of the biggest names in philanthropy. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates, Buffet established the ‘Giving Pledge’ and has personally pledged over 99% of his personal wealth to charitable organizations across the world. As per the estimates, he has donated $21.5 billion till date. He is known to donate 4% of his stocks in Berkshire Hathaway each year.
The first and the only black billionaire of South Africa, Patrice Motsepe owns a mining company named African Rainbow Minerals. Along with his wife, Motsepe is striving to get rid of disparity in South Africa and help the locals in living an independent and self sustaining life. The couple launched the Motsepe Foundation in 1999 and have been donating half of their wealth in efforts to create new jobs, education and improve the standard of living of the common people in South Africa.
One of the most well known persons across the world, Mark Zuckerberg, along with his wife Priscilla Chan joined the ‘Giving Pledge’ in the year 2010 and has donated about $1.6 billion till now. His efforts have been concentrated towards fighting Ebola, San Francisco General Hospital and New Jersey’s public school system.
One of the richest people in the world, Slim is the Chairman of Grupo Carso. He has been known to donate in excess of $27 billion till date. Apart from donating to a number of international organizations, most of his donations have been targeted at improving the quality of life for the common people in Mexico. In the past, he has also donated to the US based Latino families. He runs his own charitable organization.
While these are just a handful of names, there are many other billionaires who have donated a considerable portion of their wealth to charitable works. Some of them include Gordon Moore, Ted Turner, Azim Premji and Paul Allen.