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 and Founder, Wolfensohn Center for Development - Australia
Six primary research streams of the Wolfensohn Center’s 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 Center’s 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.

Mohamed Al Fayed

Owner, Hotel Ritz Paris - Egypt
The foundation's work focuses on improving the lives of traumatised, impoverished and very sick children. It extends from supporting world-renowned children’s hospitals, to children’s hospices, schools and individuals.

Fred Swaniker

Co-founder,African Leadership Academy - Ghana
African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa's greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent's growth trajectory.

Chen Yidan

Honorary Adviser Tencent Holding Ltd. - Hong Kong
Founded in 2016 by Charles Chen Yidan, Yidan Prize has a mission to create a better world through education. Yidan Prize consists of two awards: Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureate receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around $3.9 million) including a cash prize of HK$15 million (around $1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million.

Robert Ho Hung Ngai

Founder and Chairman,Robert H N Ho Family Foundation - Hong Kong
Established in 2005 by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Hong Kong. The Foundation's dual mission is to foster an appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to advance global learning and to cultivate a deeper understanding of Buddhism in the context of contemporary life.

Eric Xu Yong

Co-Founder, Baidu - Hong Kong
The Foundation was founded in July 2012, is a non-public grant-making foundation registered in Hong Kong, China, with initial funding of $22 million. The Foundation subsidizes public welfare programs and non-governmental public welfare organizations which are in line with social welfare, promote social justice or conductive to social development. The Founder Dr. Xu Yong, founded the Foundation on the basis of practicing corporate social responsibility. Dr. Xu is dedicated to promoting development of social welfare charity in a professional and in-depth manner, supporting public philanthropy, and promoting the development of positive and sustainable welfare organizations as well as projects.

James Chen

Co-founder, Adlens - Hong Kong
The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation is a Hong Kong based charity foundation with a strategic focus on early childhood literacy, library development and education enhancement. We support organizations on innovative, cost effective and high impact projects in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Neil Shen

Founding and Managing Partner; Sequoia Capital China - Hong Kong
The fund will operate under the Yale Centre Beijing to help train children ages 3 to 6 years in emotional intelligence.2016, he donated $7.3 million to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he had earned his undergraduate degree before heading to Yale for a master's, to set up a medical-research fund.

Azim Premji

Chairman, Wipro Limited - India
Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools. The Foundation began by implementing various programmes to improve educational quality across the country. By 2010 however it became clear that working on a “project” mode was inadequate and it takes continuous effort over many decades for any deep-rooted change to happen.Today, the Foundation with 1000+ employees has field institutes in 40+ districts across 6 states and 1 union territory (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry) reaching more than 3,50,000 schools across the country.

Anand Mahindra

Chairman Mahindra Group - India
Naandi Foundation has spawned three for-profit social businesses. The first is a joint venture with danone.communities to set up low-cost drinking-water plants across the country, serving more than 700,000 customers. His second, in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, offers afterschool support to students in city slums through a tech platform. The third, Araku, works with tribal farmers by connecting them to global markets. It has helped farmers convert wasteland into plantations producing premium coffee.

Vineet Nayar

Former CEO, HCL Technologies and Anupama Nayar, Founders, Sampark Foundation - India
Sampark Foundation is one of the world's largest primary school transformation initiatives by a Foundation. The foundation tries to change the scene of education in India frugal innovation in the critical domain of teaching practices, tools and methodologies, thus fostering their holistic development, and therefore, enabling them adequately to contribute towards the progress of humankind.