The Global Wealth and Society programme seeks to identify the important role that the privileged have towards their respective society. In building this programme, we measure wealth, not by the amount of financial assets individuals amass but by the positive impact they create on society through sustainable projects. Projects that are close to their hearts and which they believe to affect their immediate society in a deep and profound manner.
Based on this philosophy of contribution and giving back to the society, we identify these individuals as “Champions of Philanthropy” as part of our Global Wealth and Society Awards Programme.
Over the next few weeks until early October, our research team will be adding new names to the list and will be reaching out to them as part of the awards evaluation process.
The list below profiles selected Champions and their shortlisted projects across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East . In doing so, the list also tracks the way they are investing and deploying their wealth to bring about positive impacts on the society that they operate in.
Executive Chairman, Capital Airport Group - Australia
James D Wolfensohn
Former President, World Bank andFounder, Wolfensohn Center for Development - Australia
Jorge Paulo Lemann
Co-Founder,3G Capital - Brazil
José Roberto Marinho
President, Roberto Marinho Foundation andVice-President, Grupo Globo - Brazil
Chairwoman,Orient Landscape - China
Co-founder, Midea Group - China
Chairman, SOHO China - China
Chairman and Founder, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes Co. Ltd. - China
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Singer, Songwriter, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Founder, Barefoot Foundation - Colombia
Founder and Chairman, Mansour Automotive Company - Egypt
Mohamed Al Fayed
Owner, Hotel Ritz Paris - Egypt
Co-founder,African Leadership Academy - Ghana
Honorary Adviser Tencent Holding Ltd. - Hong Kong
Robert Ho Hung Ngai
Founder and Chairman,Robert H N Ho Family Foundation - Hong Kong
Eric Xu Yong
Co-Founder, Baidu - Hong Kong
Co-founder, Adlens - Hong Kong
Founding Managing Partner; Sequoia Capital China" - Hong Kong
Chairman, Wipro Limited - India
Chairman Mahindra Group - India
Former CEO, HCL Technologies and Anupama Nayar, Founders, Sampark Foundation - India