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.
Terry SnowExecutive Chairman, Capital Airport Group - Australia
James D WolfensohnFormer President, World Bank and Founder, Wolfensohn Center for Development - Australia
Jorge Paulo LemannCo-Founder, 3G Capital - Brazil
José Roberto MarinhoPresident, Roberto Marinho Foundation andVice-President, Grupo Globo - Brazil
He QiaonvChairwoman,Orient Landscape - China
He XiangjianCo-founder, Midea Group - China
Pan ShiyiChairman, SOHO China - China
Wang ZhentaoChairman and Founder, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes Co. Ltd. - China
Shakira Isabel Mebarak RipollSinger, Songwriter, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Founder, Barefoot Foundation - Colombia
Mohamed MansourFounder and Chairman, Mansour Automotive Company - Egypt
Mohamed Al FayedOwner, Hotel Ritz Paris - Egypt
Fred SwanikerCo-founder,African Leadership Academy - Ghana
Chen YidanHonorary Adviser Tencent Holding Ltd. - Hong Kong
Robert Ho Hung NgaiFounder and Chairman,Robert H N Ho Family Foundation - Hong Kong
Eric Xu YongCo-Founder, Baidu - Hong Kong
James ChenCo-founder, Adlens - Hong Kong
Neil ShenFounding and Managing Partner; Sequoia Capital China - Hong Kong
Azim PremjiChairman, Wipro Limited - India
Anand MahindraChairman Mahindra Group - India
Vineet NayarFormer CEO, HCL Technologies and Anupama Nayar, Founders, Sampark Foundation - India