When you are hugely successful in life, it’s important that you try to give something back to those less fortunate than yourself. For some of the richest people on the planet, this comes in the form of philanthropy, with millions dedicated to various charitable causes.
Based on the amounts of money donated in 2017, who are the most generous philanthropists in the world?
5. Henry Hillman
Henry Hillman was a pioneer of the Silicon Valley tech scene, having invested in various startups in the 1970s and 80s. Hillman was also a dedicated philanthropist, donating $850 million to charity in 2017 alone - an impressive 33% of his overall wealth. Hillman sadly passed away at the age of 98 in April 2017.
4. Michael and Susan Dell
Having made his name as the founder of Dell, Michael Dell is also dedicated to charitable giving. Alongside his wife Susan, in 1999 the Dells established their charity foundation, which supports numerous causes including education and health, donating $1 billion last year.
3. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
The founder of Facebook with his wife Priscilla Chan, made waves in 2015 by announcing their plan to give away 99% of their shares in Facebook. Zuckerberg and Chan donated $2 billion to various causes last year.
2. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett has also pledged to give away 99% of his fortune across his life. The chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has so far donated over $21 billion to charity, $2.9 billion of which was given away last year.
1. Bill and Melinda Gates
Finally, the founder of Microsoft and his wife Melinda top the list, with the couple having made $27 billion worth of donations throughout their lives. Much of their charity work takes place through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated $4.8 billion last year.