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 Snow

Executive Chairman, Capital Airport Group - Australia

The Snow Foundation is the creation of brothers Terry Snow and George Snow who established the foundation in 1991 to benefit the disadvantaged community in Canberra and beyond to enable individuals and organisations to introduce positive change.In the 26 years since it was established, The Snow Foundation has reached out to assist 264 different organisations and over 243 individuals, providing $20 million in funding which includes $614,726 to individuals. The annual giving in 2016/17 amounted to $2.1 million, incorporating 30 new grants, 59 ongoing grants and 43 individuals.

James D Wolfensohn

Former President, World Bank andFounder, Wolfensohn Center for Development - Australia

Six primary research streams of the Wolfensohn Centers work are : the shifting structure of the world economy in the twenty-first century; the challenge of scaling up the impact of development interventions; the effectiveness of development assistance; how to promote economic and social inclusion for Middle Eastern youth; the case for investing in early child development; and the need for global governance reform. In each chapter, a scholar associated with the particular research topic provides an overview of the issue and its broader context, then describes the Centers work on the topic and the subsequent influence and impact of these efforts.

Jorge Paulo Lemann

Co-Founder,3G Capital - Brazil

The Lemann Foundation, a non-profit family organization founded in 2002 by Jorge Paulo Lemann, works to ensure that all Brazilian children have quality public education and to create a network of talented people dedicated to solving social problems in Brazil. To achieve this goal, we develop programs that impact millions of public school students throughout Brazil and support institutions of excellence that work for a fairer and more developed country.

José Roberto Marinho

President, Roberto Marinho Foundation andVice-President, Grupo Globo - Brazil

The Roberto Marinho Foundation works in partnership with businesses, foundations, institutes, non-governmental organizations and governments, in the development and implementation of their actions. It connects people, institutions, networks and ideas, to enable innovative education projects across the country. It's main actions include the implementation of educational projects; development of learning methodologies; teachers training; educational TV programming, distribution and airing; environmental education; professional education; creation and production of museums and exhibits; science and public management awards and cultural events.

He Qiaonv

Chairwoman,Orient Landscape - China

The investment from the Beijing Qiaonv Foundation will support efforts to protect Chinese snow leopards and other big cats in China and around the world a significant commitment to a cause that has received less attention in Asia than it has in other regions

He Xiangjian

Co-founder, Midea Group - China

donation of 300 to 500m RMB on Shunde Foundation. The project is to help young entrepreneurs to starup companies and support innovation

Pan Shiyi

Chairman, SOHO China - China

The SOHO China Scholarships mission is to connect China's outstanding students, with financial need, to the best education the world has to offer. The SOHO China Scholarships also actively raises public awareness about need-blind admissions policies at top international universities and encourages the best Chinese students to apply. Beyond endowing the scholarships at each partner school, the SOHO China Scholarships works directly with scholarship recipients to nurture their educational and professional aspirations.

Wang Zhentao

Chairman and Founder, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes Co. Ltd. - China

Wang Zhentao Charity Foundation is founded by Wang Zhentao in 2007. The foundation aims at helping the poor and contributing to charity in China. It funds poor student to finish their study and find a job smoothly. Moreover, those who were helped shoiuld come back and support another poor student after work, which makes the foundation a "seed foundation". The number of students who benefit from the foundation is believed to increase rapidly.

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Singer, Songwriter, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Founder, Barefoot Foundation - Colombia

Currently, the Barefoot Foundation supports six schools run by Pies Descalzos Foundation, in the diverse Colombian regions of Barranquilla, Altos de Cazucá and Quibdó.More than 5,000 children receive nutritious meals, education and psychological support services from our schools, ultimately benefiting 30,000 vulnerable children, their family and community members, all who have been affected by population displacement. It also works in Haiti and South Africa.

Mohamed Mansour

Founder and Chairman, Mansour Automotive Company - Egypt

The Lead Foundation focuses on reaching out directly to vulnerable segments of society most in need of empowerment: low-income entrepreneurs and women. The foundation has provided over 1.3 million loans to small businesses and underprivileged women in Egypt and successfully reaches out to and provides for its target groups.