Prepared for Chris W. | Delivered November 23, 2019
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To obtain a list of the top 10 most philanthropic billionaires in the world in order to discover how they balance building wealth with helping others.
Warren Buffett is the world's top philanthropist. He has given
, about 55% of his net worth.
Charities he has supported
include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Susan Thomas Buffett Foundation, the Sherwood Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and the Novo Foundation.
Bill and Melinda Gates
have given about $41 billion to charity. This is approximately 43% of their net worth.
Through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the couple has
given to causes
helping to eradicate polio, treat and prevent HIV and malaria, and for agricultural development.
has donated $6 billion to charity. This is approximately 13% of his net worth.
Bloomberg has given
to fund climate change initiatives and to combat the opioid crisis.
Phil Knight & Family
Phil Knight and Family
has donated $2.90 billion to charity. This is approximately 9.14% of their net worth.
Knights have donated
to the University of Oregon, Stanford University, and Oregon Health & Science University's Knight Cancer Institute.
has donated about $2 billion to charity. This is approximately 7.49% of his net worth.
Through their foundation, Dell and his wife Susan have
focusing on child poverty and creating opportunities for low-income students.
Carlos Slim Helú & Family
Carlos Slim Helu
and family have donated around $4 billion. This is about 6.75% of their net worth.
The Helu family
health, education, and arts causes funded through their Fundacion Carlos Slim.
of China has donated about $2 billion. This is about 6% of his net worth.
gives to charities
focused on medical, educational, and environmental causes in China through his Ma Huateng Global Foundation.
of Hong Kong has donated $1.80 billion to charity. This is about 5.94% of his net worth.
Li Ka-Shing Foundation
focuses on healthcare and education and supports hospitals, schools, and universities around the world.
of China has donated around $1.10 billion. This is 5.53% of his net worth.
In 2017, Xiangjian announced an
$889 million charity plan
which included establishing a trust that would support "poverty alleviation, education, health care, elderly-care services, entrepreneurship, and culture."
of the United States has donated $2.20 billion. This is about 4.56% of his net worth.
Brin has donated
to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
The Giving Pledge
is an initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates to encourge the world's wealthies individuals and families to give to charity.
204 of the richest people
in the world have signed the pledge.
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