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.

Id Image Project Champion Champion's Profile Name of the project Project Type Description and impact Country
1 Terry Snow, Executive Chairman, Capital Airport Group Net worth: $1.2 billion Terry Snow is an Australian businessman (trained accountant), entrepreneur, and philanthropist based in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. Snow worked as a property developer in the 1980s with his father, Bob, and brother George. Currently, Snow is Executive Chairman of the Capital Airport Group, the company which leases mainly land for park, shopping centre, and airforce base. Snow is responsible for a $250 million development of a new terminal for Canberra Airport which won an interior design award and welcomed the first two international air carriers to Canberra; Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Additionally, the National Portrait Gallery commissioned his portrait in recognition of the contribution Snow has made to the growth of Canberra city and his work as a philanthropist Terry Snow, Executive Chairman, Capital Airport Group Humanitarian 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. Australia
2 James D Wolfensohn, Former President, World Bank and Founder, Wolfensohn Center for Development Net worth : $100 million an Australian American lawyer, investment banker and economist who served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group, nominated by Bill Clinton. He is the first World Bank president to be concerned about problem of corruption in the area of development financing. Since 2006, Wolfensohn has also been the chairman of the International Advisory Board of Citigroup. In 2009, he became a member of the International Advisory Council of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation. Currently, He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. James D Wolfensohn, Former President, World Bank and Founder, Wolfensohn Center for Development Humanitarian 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. Australia
3 Jorge Paulo Lemann, Co-Founder, 3G Capital Net Worth: $29.7 billion Behind some of America's most iconic consumer brands, Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Swiss- Brazilian Banker who obtained is bachelors in economics from Harvard University. Wearing mutiple hats of Journalism, sports and an entrapreneur who found Bank Garantia, the Brazilian equivalent of Goldman Sachs. He is ann Independent Director at The Kraft Heinz Co., Founder at Gera Venture Capital Participações SA, a Co-Founder at 3G Capital Partners LP (New York) and aditionally serves as an Indipendent Director at lnBev. Jorge Paulo Lemann, Co-Founder, 3G Capital Education 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. Brazil
4 José Roberto Marinho, President, Roberto Marinho Foundation andVice-President, Grupo Globo Net Worth: $2.3 billion José Roberto Marinho is a Brazilian businessman and one of the three sons of the deceased communications tycoon Roberto Marinho (1904-2003). José Roberto is the president of Roberto Marinho Foundation and Vice President of Social Responsibility and Director of Grupo Globo, Brazil's largest media group. The company owns a group of terrestrial television broadcasters; journalism companies; internet businesses; cable TV programming businesses; magazine publishing and musical businesses among others. He is also member of the Governance Comittee of Together for Sustained Development Community, and Consultive Council of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)-Brazil José Roberto Marinho, President, Roberto Marinho Foundation andVice-President, Grupo Globo Education 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. Brazil
5 He Qiaonv, Chairwoman, Orient Landscape Net worth: $1.8 billion He Qiaonv is the founder and chairwoman of Beijing Orient Landscape, one of Asia's largest landscape architecture companies. She is a Chinese businesswoman and founder of Beijing Orient Landscape & Environment Co Ltd, one of Asia's largest landscape architecture companies. In 2015, she established the China Global Philanthropy Institute with Bill Gates and Ray Dalio (CIO of Bridgewaters, largest hedge fund in the world) in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. She is most well known in biggest personal commitment for wildlife conservation amounting $1.5 billion in October 2017. He Qiaonv, Chairwoman, Orient Landscape Environment and Wildlife 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 China
6 He Xiangjian, Co-founder, Midea Group Net worth: $17.7 billion He Xiang Jian is one of the richest Chinese and the Co-founder of Midea Group, one of China's largest appliance makers. He initially led a group of 23 local residents of the small town in Guangdong Province to form a lid production workshop that became Midea. With an initial amount of only $780, its humble begining, the company has grown into a Billion Dollars Company, following the success of plastic bottle lid business. Then, he moved into furnished goods and then into electrical appliances. The Midea Group has acquired 80% stake in home appliances arm of Toshiba in a cash deal valued at $500 million. The group also increased its stake to 95% in Kuka, a robot firm based in Germany in a deal valued at $4 billion. He has also donated his fortune for several causes ranging from disaster relief to community development and education. He Xiangjian, Co-founder, Midea Group Entrepreneurship donation of 300 to 500m RMB on Shunde Foundation. The project is to help young entrepreneurs to starup companies and support innovation China
7 Pan Shiyi, Chairman, SOHO China Net worth: $111 million Pan Shiyi is a Chinese businessman. Presently, he is the Chairman of SOHO China. He co-founded SOHO China with his wife Zhang Xin in 1995. SOHO China is well known for pushing the architectural envelope in Beijing by hiring high-profile foreign architects to design their apartment buildings. Unlike other traditional Chinese businessmen, Pan Shiyi often makes his presence felt on TV, internet, newspapers, even in film named "Aspirin". A star in the business world coupled by his fame in the entertainment circle. He also writes his own blog on sina.com, China's leading internet portal in 2005. In 18 months, his blog had joined the top six among sina's 1 million bloggers, luring 34 million hits. Pan Shiyi, Chairman, SOHO China Education 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. China
8 Wang Zhentao, Chairman and Founder, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes Co. Ltd. Net Worth: $885million Wang Zhentao chairs Zhejiang AoKang Shoes. AoKang Shoes invested $32 million, for a 9.9% stake in Wenzhou Minshang Bank which started operation on March 26. Besides shoes, Wang also has interests in property development and finance. He holds an EMBA from HEC Paris. Wang was forced to drop out of high school at the age of 17 as his family was not able to support his studies financially. Then, he was involved in furniture business at his early career until he started a small shoe retail business, where he gained valuable experience and lesson to build it to multinational giants. Beside poverty alleviation, he had helped in educational cause, funding more than 1,000 university students to finish their studies. Wang Zhentao, Chairman and Founder, Zhejiang Aokang Shoes Co. Ltd. Poverty alleviation 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. China
9 Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, Singer, Songwriter, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Founder, Barefoot Foundation Net Worth : $220 million She emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. She is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer behind Gloria Estefan. She has won 2 Grammy Awards, 8 Latin Grammy Awards. President Barack Obama appointed Shakira to the President¹s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in his presidency era Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, Singer, Songwriter, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Founder, Barefoot Foundation Humanitarian, Education 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. Colombia
10 Mohamed Mansour, Founder and Chairman, Mansour Automotive Company Net Worth $2.7 billion Mohamed Mansour oversees family conglomerate Mansour Group, which was founded by his father Loutfy. Mansour established General Motors dealerships in Egypt, becoming one of GM's biggest distributors in the world. Mansour Group also has exclusive distribution rights for Caterpillar equipment. He was Minister of Transportation under the Hosni Mubarak regime. His brothers, Yasseen and Youssef, are also billionaires. Mohamed Mansour, Founder and Chairman, Mansour Automotive Company Entrepreneurship 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. Egypt
11 Mohamed Al Fayed, Owner, Hotel Ritz Paris Net Worth $1.6 billion Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: born 27 January 1929) is an Egyptian business magnate. Fayed's business interests include ownership of Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge. Fayed and his brothers founded a shipping company in Egypt before moving its headquarters to Italy with additional offices in London. During his early career, Fayed met the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who entrusted Fayed with helping transform Dubai, where he set up IMS (International Marine Services) in 1968. Prior to that, he also became financial adviser for Sultan of Brunei Omar Ali Saifuddien III Mohamed Al Fayed, Owner, Hotel Ritz Paris Healthcare Education 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. Egypt
12 Fred Swaniker, Co-founder, African Leadership Academy Net Worth: $2.5 billion (2011) Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian serial entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He has launched four organizations that aim to develop leaders, primarily in Africa. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, an institution located outside Johannesburg in South Africa. He is also the founder of African Leadership Network Fred Swaniker, Co-founder, African Leadership Academy Education 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. Ghana
13 Chen Yidan, Honorary Adviser Tencent Holding Ltd. Net worth: $3.5billion Chen Yidan, also known as Charles Chen, is a Chinese internet entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Tencent, founder of the Chen Yidan Charity Foundation and founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation. He previously served as Tencent's chief administrative officer (CAO) before he began leading the company's newly established Tencent Charity Foundation In March 2013, Chen stepped down as Tencent's CAO but he continued to be involved with the company as an advisor and as sponsor and honorary chairman of the Tencent Charity Foundation. Due to his notable action in philantrophist, in June 2017, he was the top entrant for China in Forbes' Asia's Philanthropy Heroes list. Chen Yidan, Honorary Adviser Tencent Holding Ltd. Education 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. Hong Kong
14 Robert Ho Hung Ngai, Founder and Chairman, Robert H N Ho Family Foundation Net Worth: NA Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Robert H. N. Ho is the grandson of Sir Robert Ho Tung and Lady Clara Ho Tung, and the son of General Ho Shai Lai and Hesta Ho Hung Ki Fun. He was educated at Lingnan and Pui Ching Middle Schools and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, and his Master of Science in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in the United States. Mr. Ho spent his business career in journalism and in managing his family’s property and other investments. Since his retirement, he has concentrated on philanthropic activities. One of the beneficiaries of Mr. Ho’s philanthropy was his alma mater Colgate University, where his gift enabled the establishment of the Robert H. N. Ho Interdisciplinary Science Center. Robert Ho Hung Ngai, Founder and Chairman, Robert H N Ho Family Foundation Art Religion Established in 2005 by Mr. Robert H. N. Ho, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation based in Hong Kong. The Foundation’s dual mission is to foster appreciation of Chinese arts and culture to advance global learning and to cultivate deeper understanding of Buddhism in the context of contemporary life. Hong Kong
15 Eric Xu Yong, Co-Founder, Baidu Net Worth: $15. 3 billion Eric Xu Yong is a Chinese entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, best known as a co-founder of Baidu, the largest Chinese search engine. Xu is the founder and chairman of Yifang Capital, an investment holding company engaged in venture capital investments and asset management activities. He also founded several family philanthropic organizations including The Xu Family Charitable Foundation Limited, Yifang Foundation, and Zhengyu Education Foundation. Eric Xu Yong, Co-Founder, Baidu Humanitarian 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. Hong Kong
16 James Chen, Co-founder, Adlens Net Worth: NA Mr. James Chen Co-founded Adlens Ltd. in 2005. Mr. Chen serves as the Chairman of Wahum Group Holdings. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Family Office Legacy Advisors Ltd. He is Founder of the Hong Kong Chapter of Bring Me a Book, an NGO promoting early childhood literacy. He is Co-Founder of Adlens Ltd. and Adaptive Eyewear, an NGO. He also serves as the Chairman of the China Exploration and Research Society, dedicated to conserving the cultural and bio diversity of China, a long standing member of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong, served as the President of Young Entrepreneur's Organization, Hong Kong Chapter and serves as Member of Young President Organization, Hong Kong Chapter. He serves as a Director of Adlens Ltd. James Chen, Co-founder, Adlens Education 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. Hong Kong
17 Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner; Sequoia Capital China Net worth: $1.1 billion Neil Shen, founding and managing partner of Sequoia China and a prominent supporter of Yale SOM, is the top venture capital investor on earth. Shen is a member of the Yale SOM Board of Advisors and the chair of the advisory committee of Yale Center Beijing. Under Shen’s leadership, Sequoia China made early investments in the mobile internet field a decade ago, becoming one of the major investors of Toutiao, Meituan-Dianping, and Didi which are among the top 10 companies driving the 2018 Midas List. Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner; Sequoia Capital China Education and Health 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. Hong Kong
18 Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited Net worth: $19.5 billion Azim Premji is an Indian business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited. He is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry. He was responsible for guiding Wipro through four decades of diversification and growth to finally emerge as one of the global leaders in the software industry. He is currently the second richest person in India. Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited Humanitarian 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. India
19 Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group Net worth: $ 2billion Anand Mahindra is the chairman of Mahindra Group, a Mumbai-based business conglomerate.The group operates in aerospace, agribusiness, aftermarket, automotive, components, construction equipment, defence, energy, farm equipment, finance and insurance, industrial equipment, information technology, leisure and hospitality, logistics, real estate and retail. Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group Health Education Agriculture 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. India
20 Vineet Nayar, Former CEO, HCL Technologies and Anupama Nayar, Founders, Sampark Foundation Net worth: $5.5billion Vineet Nayar is an Indian business executive, author and philanthropist. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies which has $19 billion market cap, author of "Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010). which has sold 100,000+ copies. During his tenure as CEO, he managed to grow revenues and market cap by six times which led HCL to win awards for the Most Democratic workplace in the world, Workforce Management Optimas Award for HR Innovation in US, Britain's Top Employers, Best Employer in Asia among others. In addition, he is included amongst Foreign Policy Magazine's Global Thinkers List and Forbes 48 Heroes of Philantrophy in 2016 Vineet Nayar, Former CEO, HCL Technologies and Anupama Nayar, Founders, Sampark Foundation Education 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. India
21 Ratan Tata, Former Chairman Tata Sons Net Worth : $1 billion Graduated from Harvard Business School from poor family, Ratan Tata had given approx. 60%-65% of earned wealth from Tata Group in a form of education, medicine, and rural development. He is also the receiver of two of highest civilian awards by Indian government. He began his career on the shop floor of Tata Steel, shoveling limestone and handling the blast furnace. During the 21 years he led the Tata Group, revenues grew over 40 times, and profit over 50 times. He successfully managed numerous M&As such as Tata Tea acquiring Tetley, Tata Motors acquiring Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel acquiring Corus. All this turned Tata from a largely India-centric group into a global business, with over 65% revenues coming from operations and sales in over 100 countries Ratan Tata, Former Chairman Tata Sons Education ITE is a pedagogical framework to improve teaching and learning processes. It fosters 21st century skills and quality learning through projects in middle school children and adolescents in some of the most underprivileged geographies (91% rural). Students, mostly first-time computer users, create learning artifacts like weather charts and comparative charts on jute production or population density to deepen their learning of the subject matter. Currently, it served in 8 states, 209 schools & 25 learning centres, impacted over 26000 students and 2500 teachers India
22 Nita Ambani, Chairperson and Founder, Reliance Foundation and Non-Executive Director, Reliance Industries Net Worth : $960 million Nita Ambani runs Reliance Foundation. The Foundation is an Indian philanthropic initiative which was founded in 2010 by Nita Ambani. It is affiliated with Reliance Industries Limited and is one of the largest private foundations in the country. Foundation's initiatives especially in the areas of education, sports, healthcare, rural transformation, urban renewal, disaster response, women's empowerment and promotion of the arts and preservation of India's rich cultural heritage have been noticed by many. Reliance Foundation is in the forefront of disaster management, relief & rescue operations and rehabilitation efforts during natural calamities in various parts of India including Gujarat, Chennai and Kashmir floods, Kedarnath tragedy, Marathwada drought etc. Nita Ambani, Chairperson and Founder, Reliance Foundation and Non-Executive Director, Reliance Industries Humanitarian Bridge the development gap between rural and urban India. Committed to rural transformation, the programme works with small and marginal farmers and helps farming households that have limited livelihood options. RF BIJ has engaged directly with more than 62,000 families in more than 500 villages across 12 Indian states. RF BIJ has established the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture in Mouda, Nagpur. The RF BIJ programme management system is ISO 9001:2015 compliant India
23 Steve Hardgrave, Co-founder/CEO, Varthana Net Worth: NA Steve Hardgrave is the co-founder and CEO of Varthana, a company dedicated to improving education for low and middle income families by providing financing and support to Affordable Private Schools in India. Prior to launching Varthana, Steve worked as an investor at Omidyar Network and Gray Ghost Ventures, helping to develop and execute sector-based investment strategies around access to capital and affordable private schools. Steve Hardgrave, Co-founder/CEO, Varthana Education Funding Varthana offers loans for infrastructure projects to affordable private schools in India and aims to expand access to and improve the quality of education in the country. Many schools utilize Varthana loans to renovate or expand infrastructure, such as the addition of a new library, playground, or lab. Other schools invest in teacher training programs, didactic materials, or improved learning solutions India
24 Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman, HCL Technologies Limited Net Worth: $ 13.9 billion Been presented with Padma Bhushan in 2008, the third highest civilian honor in India for his great contributions to the field of Information Technology. He is the founder of Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL) and Shiv Nadar Foundation, he was instrumental in implementing and managing the infrastructure backbone of one of India’s tallest financial institutions – the National Stock Exchange. Through his organisation, he has played a key role in supporting India’s telecom revolution through the creation of the largest mobile distribution network with Nokia. HCL Technologies, which spun out of HCL’s R&D unit, is currently a top IT services company in India and a global leader in Engineering & R&D Services with a game changing business model. In 1994, he along with his wife established what he believed was closest to his heart - the philanthropic Shiv Nadar Foundation. Shiv Nadar, Founder and Chairman, HCL Technologies Limited Education The Shiv Nadar Foundation was established in 1994 by Shiv Nadar. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation has established institutions and programs in the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to rural and urban education and art. The foundation pursues philosophy of 'Creative Philanthropy', a powerful which envisages creation of institutions that go beyond the lifetime of its founders and continue to impact future generations for many centuries to come. India
25 Michael Bambang Hartono & Robert Budi Hartono, Managing Director, Co-Founders, Djarum Foundation Net Worth : $32.3 Billion Djarum is the 3rd world biggest clove cigarette producer. Djarum has reportedly grabbed shares from the number two cigarette firm. Together with his brother, Michael Hartono, at the age of 22. they inherited Djarum from his father. But, Djarum was a small business at that time called Djarum gramophon which was unstable due to fire just burnt down its factory. Slowly but surely, they revived the company, modernized the equipment, began to export, grew the brand presence. They also have a stake in BCA Bank, which won the best retail bank from The Asian Banker. BCA Bank is a bank focus on retail, with the biggest market cap in Indonesia and 2nd in ASEAN after DBS. Michael Bambang Hartono & Robert Budi Hartono, Managing Director, Co-Founders, Djarum Foundation Humanitarian Scholarship and dedicatedathlete development program, coaching clinic to rural areas, Supporting badminton related world championship 5000 athletes fully sponsored until 2017. World's no 1 Mixed Double (Tantowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir) and one of World's no 1 Men's double (Kevin Sukamuljo) are from Djarum Foundation. Indonesia
26 Dato' Sri Tahir, Founder of Mayapada Group and Co-Chair, Tahir Foundation Net Worth : $3.4 Billion Dato’ Sri Prof. Dr. Tahir, founder of Mayapada Group and well-known Indonesian philanthropist, The son of a shop-keeper from Surbaya, Tahir began his career in the imports business, first in luxury goods from Singapore and Hong Kong, and later in foodstuffs. He describes the challenges of identifying and establishing relationships with global suppliers, as well as the difficulties he faced finding a market for his imports in Indonesia at a time when consumerism was just beginning. Tahir is equally well-known for his philanthropy and his notion that “to give is to gain.” He has given over $100 million towards global prevention of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, and was also the first Indonesian to visit a refugee camp in Jordan in 2014 Dato' Sri Tahir, Founder of Mayapada Group and Co-Chair, Tahir Foundation Humanitarian Collaborate with UN refugee center (UNHCR)to provide cash assistance program for education and shelter covering 2 million refugees, and 10000 jackets for winter. He is the first Asian to work with UNHCR. The Fondation also contributes in bridging the gaps in health services, increasing capacity of effective organizations and programs, and fostering innovative solutions to persistent healthcare access problems and supporting educational institutes to nurture brightest talent in Indonesia. Indonesia
27 Akio Nitori, Chairman, Nitori Holdings Net worth: $4.1billion Native of Hokkaido, Japan born in 1944. Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hokkai-Gakuen University in 1966. Nitori established Nitori Furniture Store in Hokkaido in December 1967, providing low cost furniture and home furnishings for the mass market, where most of its goods were imported from Southeast Asia and China. Nitori opened his second store in 1972, and his business continued to expand across Japan in the following decades. Akio Nitori, Chairman, Nitori Holdings Education The main goal was to help graduate students from around Asia to attend Japan's top universities. In 2014 the foundation, which holds a 3.5% stake in Nitori worth more than $660 million, started making grants to colleges in the U.S., Taiwan and Vietnam for scholarships. Japan
28 Yusaku Maezawa, President/Founder START TODAY CO., LTD. Net worth: $3.8billion Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and art collector. He founded the Start Today company in 1998, and online fashion retail website Zozotown in 2004. Despite not going to college, he started to collecting CDs and records which is the basis of his first company, which sold imported CDs and albums through mail. Outside his business magnate, he is also the founder of the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation, with a goal of supporting young artists as a pillar of the next generation of contemporary art. The Contemporary Art Foundation currently hosts collection shows twice a year. Yusaku Maezawa, President/Founder START TODAY CO., LTD. Art With a mission to "support young artists as a pillar of the next generation of contemporary art, the Contemporary Art Foundation aims to contribute to the promotion of contemporary art by helping young artists and young musicians improve their skills. It also carries out activities such as holding contemporary art exhibitions, etc., to popularize and improve knowledge and education of contemporary art. Japan
29 Manu Chandaria, Chairman and CEO, Comcraft Group Net Worth: $2.5 billion Manilal Premchand Chandaria OBE EBS (Elder of the Burning Spear is a Kenyan businessman of Indian descent born in Nairobion 1 March 1929. Along with being a senior member of the Comcraft Group of Companies, a billion dollar enterprise that has a presence in over 40 countries, he is on the boards of several prominent East African companies. He has won several awards in East Africa and internationally in recognition of his entrepreneurial endeavours and is also a noted philanthropist. Manu Chandaria, Chairman and CEO, Comcraft Group Humanitarian, Education and Healthcare Founded for over sixty years, Chandaria Foundation aims at helping the less privileged members of the society in eradication of Poverty alleviation and providing a sustainable environment for the community & the universe as a whole. The Foundation strives to elevate the community it lives in, through socio economic developments in Education, Health, Culture, Sports & Art, that are sustainable with a distinct bias in supporting children, handicap and the girl child as the family contributes as the voice of the voiceless. Kenya
30 Lee Joon Yong, Honary Chairman, Daelim Group Net worth: $770million Lee Joon-Yong chairs storied 75-year-old construction company Daelim, but with some interest in petrochemicals. Daelim has built the country's arterial highway, the Gyeongbu Expressway; the Seoul subway; the 1988 Olympics' main stadium; and the National Assembly building. It was also the first Korean firm to work on overseas construction project. Currently, he served as a professor in Youngnam Cyber University and Soongjeon university. Beside being a businessman and academia, he is also a chairman in Federation of Korean Industries and Korea America Friendship Society. Lee Joon Yong, Honary Chairman, Daelim Group Humanitarian Foundation dedicated to the unification of the two Koreas with major focus on re-uniting families. Its Korean American Sharing Movement (KASM) empowers the future leaders of the Korean Peninsula. KASM cultivates leadership and understanding of building and developing human capacity. Korea
31 Quek LengChan, Executive CEO and Chairman , Hong Leong Group Net Worth : $7 billion Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Group, he founded the Hong Leong Foundation in 1980, which donates $1.6 million every year to college students and disabled students, funds construction projects for non-profit institutions and schools, and supports training programs for entrepreneurs. Quek is also a Founding Member and Permanent Trustee of The Community Chest, a non-profit charitable organization that supports Chinese, Tamil and missionary schools in Malaysia. In 2011, Hong Leong Bank, where Quek is Chairman, contributed $16 million towards the $633 million acquisition fund of numbers forecast operator, Pan Malaysian Pools. Dividends received from Pan Malaysian Pools were donated to The Community Chest, which benefited more than 302 primary schools since its establishment in 2011. He does not appear to have a family foundation.. Quek LengChan, Executive CEO and Chairman , Hong Leong Group Education and Poverty alleviation Improve educational outcomes for low income students, andprovide financial support for alleviating the plight of the abandoned and destitute elderly and children. The foundation identifies and develops innovative programmes that advance education and community development in Malaysia, in accordance with the charter of the Foundation. Providing grants for high impact, sustainable projects that aids the nation's poorest, it encourages community organisations to further the philanthropic mandate of the Founation. Malaysia
32 Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman and Founder, Top Glove Corp. Net worth: $1.15 billion Lim Wee Chai is a Malaysian businessman. He is the chairman and founder of Top Glove Group of Companies, which was founded in 1991 and was listed on Bursa Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) on March 2001, and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) on June 2016. He founded a rubber glove manufacturing company and trading business which started with only 1 glove production line. Currently, Top Glove has emerged to be the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, with 25% of the world market share, operating 39 manufacturing facilities with a total of 618 production lines across Malaysia, Thailand and China. Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman and Founder, Top Glove Corp. Education and Environment Founded in 2009, the foundation has donated roughly $5 million to various causes, with a focus on education. Recent beneficiaries include several Chinese-medium schools in Malaysia as well as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, which received $70,000 in 2015 to create a chair for the Top Glove Professor of Chemistry. Malaysia
33 Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chairman, Dangote Group Net worth: $14.1 billion Aliko Dangote is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries. He is the richest person of African descent. He often bought a package of candy and selling it back in primary school just to make additional pocket money. Initially a small trading firm in 1977, Dangote is now a conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo. Dangote has expanded to cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. The Dangote Group also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria and is a major supplier to the country's soft drink companies, breweries, and confectioners. The Dangote Group has moved from being a trading company to be the largest industrial group in Nigeria including Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, and Dangote Flour Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chairman, Dangote Group CSR Some of the Foundation's activities in Nigeria include, N1 billion for Nigerian universities including N500 million for development of a business school in Bayero University and N100 million for the proposed Otuoke University in Bayelsa State. The Foundation also disbursed N230 million to women in Kogi State as a micro grant as part of the Kogi Human Capital Development initiative. In order to alleviate the suffering of communities in Jos suffering from effects of a prolonged ethno-religious crises in 2010, the Dangote Foundation made a donation of relief materials worth N50 million to the community leaders. Nigeria
34 Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holding Net worth: $700million Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Elumelu holds the Nigerian national honours, the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). He has been responsible for creating business that are critical to Africa's economic development. He is a proponent of “Africapitalism,” an economic philosophy which advocates for the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s development through long-term investment in strategic sectors of the economy, that drive economic prosperity and social wealth. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holding Entrepreneurship Founded in 2010, the foundation aims at enpowerment of African entrepreneurship, promotion of leadership and creation of integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem. The flagship programme, the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrapreneurship Programme is the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to entraprenurship, representing a 10 year, $100 million worth of commitment to identify and empower 10,000 African entrapreneurs, create meaningful jobs adding $10 billion in revenues to African economy. Nigeria
35 Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank Net Worth: $980 million Jim Ovia is a Nigerian businessman. He founded Zenith Bank in 1990. He served as CEO until 2010, when he moved into the chairman role. He was the recipient of a Nigerian national honor. During two decades of leadership, he helped position the bank as one of the largest and most profitable in Africa. Ovia is the founder of Visafone Communications Limited and the chairman of both the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI) and the National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC). He is a member of the Honorary International Investor Council as well as the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI). He is the Chairman of Cyberspace Network Limited. Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank Education The Jim Ovia Scholars programme, founded in 1998, provides aid to outstanding students during undergraduate and graduate study. The Jim Ovia ICT Entrepreneurs programme provides funding to the most promising five to 10 ideas a year, through a competitive bid process. The Jim Ovia Foundation has funded 1,500 scholarships totalling N100m ($200,000) since 2010, and supports IT skills programmes for marginalised young people, working with partners such as IBM and Google. Nigeria
36 Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Founder and Chairman, South Atlantic Petroleum Limited Net Worth: $ 1.1 billion General TY Danjuma is a Nigerian philanthropist, soldier, businessman, politician and millionaire. He served in the Nigerian army for 20 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant General before serving as Chief of Army Staff. After leaving the army General Danjuma founded the Nigeria America Line shipping company. He then launched COMET Shipping Agencies Nigeria and founded South Atlantic Petroleum Limited. Besides his business engagements, General Danjuma has also been active in politics and was the Minister of Defence under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s rule. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Founder and Chairman, South Atlantic Petroleum Limited Healthcare Education The TY Danjuma Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians by supporting initiatives that improve access to health and educational opportunities. TY Danjuma Foundation works mainly through Non Governmental Organizations and Community Based groups in Nigeria. Its strategy of working through partnerships is intended to build institutional capacity of groups, supporting innovation and ensuring that the funding provided meets the needs of the target beneficiaries and is culturally relevant. Core focus areas include community health and education initiatives, income acceleration to empower women and youth and policy advocacy. Nigeria
37 David Zuellig & Daniel Zuellig, Co-founders, Zuellig pharma group Net worth: NA David Zuellig began his career in the Zuellig Group in 1989 upon expansion of the Accette Broking Group. The Zuellig Group owns and manages a diversified portfolio of industry-leading businesses in the Asia Pacific region spanning sectors which include insurance, healthcare distribution solutions and pharmacy services ; agribusiness manufacturing and distribution as well as and agricultural and materials handling equipment supply and services. In addition, In March 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Asia Philanthropy Circle Ltd. David Zuellig & Daniel Zuellig, Co-founders, Zuellig pharma group Healthcare The Zuellig Family Foundation is focused in imporving health conditions of the Filipino communities of rural areas by providing training programs for local govt. health poilcy makers to help drive improvements in health outcome related governence. The Foundation’s purpose is rooted in the Zuellig family’s long-standing business in healthcare and the core focus remains on directing phianthropic efforts to nationan-building via community healthcare. Philippines
38 Vladimir Olegovich Potanin, Chairman, Interros Net worth: $15.8 billion Vladmir Potanin is a Russian billionaire, entrepreneur and oligarch. He acquired his wealth notably through the controversial loans-for-shares program in Russia in the early to mid-1990s. His long-term business partner was Mikhail Prokhorov until they decided to split in 2007. Subsequently, they put their mutual assets in a holding company, Folletina Trading, until their asset division was agreed upon. In January 2018, Potanin appeared on the US Treasury’s “Putin list” of 210 individuals closely associated with Russian president Vladimir Putin He is one of the wealthiest men in Russia Vladimir Olegovich Potanin, Chairman, Interros Education Since the establishment of the Foundation in 1999 education has been one of its major spheres of activity and priority issue as the organisation aims in improving social involvement in philanthropy and the need to nurture and encourage future leaders and those who will be able later not only to improve their own skills and knowledge but also to change life and environment around them for the better. A positive example of this approach is the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program which focuses on master degree students and professors. This Program logically builds on and follows the Federal Scholarship Program which was launched back in 2000 and encouraged student-led projects aimed to improve student life and address community needs and which was logically followed by The Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program combines three components: fellowship contest for master degree students, grant competition for university professors who teach courses for master degree students, and Foundation School based on the principle of learning by doing, self government and networking. Russia
39 Amr Al-Dabbagh, Chairman and CEO, Al-Dabbagh Group Net Worth $2 billion Amr Al-Dabbagh (born 1966) is a Saudibusinessman, philanthropist, former government minister, and author. He is the chairman and CEO of the Jeddah-based Al-Dabbagh Group. Al-Dabbagh is the founder of the Stars Foundation, a non-profit devoted to helping disadvantaged children, and Philanthropy University, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Global South civil society organizations, providing free non-credit courses based in Oakland, California. Amr Al-Dabbagh, Chairman and CEO, Al-Dabbagh Group Humanitarian London-based Stars Foundation supports locally-led solutions for children and young people in the 100 countries with the highest “under five” mortality rate. 2016 marked 10 years of the Foundation’s flagship Impact Awards, an awards programme recognising outstanding locally-led organisations working to improve the lives of children. Stars Foundation is also the convenor of the With and For Girls Collective, a group of organisations united by a common belief that girls are agents of change. Philanthropy University Berkeley-based Philanthropy University is a free, first-of-its-kind educational initiative for change makers in the social sector. Its 100X20 vision aims to impact the lives of 100 million people by 2020 by training hundreds of thousands of learners working for social good, elevating their cause and furthering their reach. Saudi Arabia
40 Ho Swee Huat, Managing Director, Abacus Assets Advisors Net worth: N.A Ho Swee Huat is Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd which he founded in 1997. Prior to that, he had an established 20-year banking career in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York, which included 10 years with the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York (now J.P.Morgan). From 2004 to 2013, he was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management Ltd, manager of Singapore’s largest publicly listed commercial REIT. Ho Swee Huat is the Chairman of The Head Foundation Limited, a non-profit educational foundation in Singapore. He is also current Chairman of the Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. In addition he is the Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.For his volunteer work, he was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore on Singapore’s 2015 National Day Ho Swee Huat, Managing Director, Abacus Assets Advisors Humanitarian Ho Swee Huat co-founded the organisation with a group of parents to autistic children in 1992, to identify and encourage the treamtment , education, welfare and acceptance of persons with autism in the society. It stimulates public awareness and understanding of autism, community involvement and support for persons with autism and their families. Through Eden Childcare centre, Eden school, Eden centre for adults and Eden activity club, the organisation serves to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum at services for people with autism in Singapore. Such services to encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care. Singapore
41 Danny Yong, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner Net Worth: $670 million Danny Yong is a Singaporean hedge fund manager. He is the Chief Investment Officer and founding partner of Dymon Asia Capital. The Firm was founded in 2008 and is an alternative investment management firm with notional assets under management of around USD5.9 billion across hedge funds, private equity and venture capital strategies as of March 2017. The Firm is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. In May 2014, Temasek invested USD500 million in Dymon Asia's strategies and also took a minority stake in the company. Danny Yong, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner Humanitarian The Ray of Hope Initiative Limited (ROHI) is a non-profit organisation founded in November 2012. ROHI is dedicated to helping individuals and families living within our community in Singapore, who are going through hardships, who may otherwise have no access to assistance. Singapore
42 John Lim, Group CEO and Executive Director, ARA Asset Management Limited Net Worth: $575 million John Lim is the cofounder of ARA Asset Management with $58 billion in assets under managementLim cofounded ARA in 2002 with the backing of Li Ka-shing. He manages close to 100 properties in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2016, he led the $1.78 billion privatization of ARA along with Warburg Pincus and China's AVIC Trust. Lim recently expanded the portfolio by splurging $575 million on stakes in Japan's Kenedix and Australia's Cromwell Property Group. John Lim, Group CEO and Executive Director, ARA Asset Management Limited Education The Lim Hoon Foundation is a private charitable trust created in August 2008 with the primary objective of promoting academic achievement for all students, at all levels, kindergarten through university with a focus on those from low income families. Our ultimate objective is to encourage the advancement of education through a wide range of philanthropic activities. Singapore
43 Phillip Ng, Chairman and CEO, Far East Organisation Philip Ng is the CEO of Far East Organization, family-owned property development and investment group operating in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Far East Organization operates as a Christian enterprise which seeks to be a community of love and a workplace of grace doing business guided by the eternal truths of Jesus Christ. Mr Ng additionally serves as the Director of Hong Kong-based Sino Group, which is Far East Organization’s sister company, engaging in real estate activities in Hong Kong and China. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from King’s College, London University, UK and two Master degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in Geothermal Engineering Policy and one in Urban City Planning. He is a member of the MOH (Ministry of Health) Holdings Healthcare Infrastructure and Planning Committee. Phillip Ng, Chairman and CEO, Far East Organisation Miscelleneous philanthropic causes The Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation was set up in 2010 in memory of Ng's late father, who founded the Sino Group.The Foundation which actively supports various philanthropic causes. Recently in 2018, the Foudnation pleged RMB 10 million to support the restoration of the Great Wall of China. Supporting philanthropy in education, the Foundation made a donation of RMB 200 million to sipport Peking University in recruiting world-class teaching talents and encourage educational and cultural exchanges between the Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Back in Sept 2011, the organisation pledged a sum of $1125 million over five years to JurongHealth Fund for the purpose of promoting development of health related services to benefit of Singapore community. Singapore
44 Allan W.B. Gray, Founder, Allan Gray Investment Management and Orbis Investment Management Net Worth: $1.82 billion Allan WB Gray is a South African business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He has built a successful career career around finding and investing in companies which are priced well below his assessment of their intrinsic value. With a bacherlors degree in accounting from Rhodes and a Masters from Harvard Business School. In 2007 he established the Allan Gray Foundation with a US $130 million endowment to fund bursaries and scholarships for talented South African high school students. This was the largest single recorded donation to a charity in South Africa at the time. Allan W.B. Gray, Founder, Allan Gray Investment Management and Orbis Investment Management Education The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation invests in the education and development of individuals with entrepreneurial potential within Southern Africa. The project sponsors thousands of scholarship, mentors and job positions to develop entrepreneurship environments. Through the foundation, he donated $150 million to South African high school South Africa
45 Mark Richard Shuttleworth, Founder and CEO, Canonical Ltd. Net Worth: $500 million Mark Richard Shuttleworth is a South African entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. Shuttleworth founded Thawte Consulting in 1995, a currently running company which specialized in digital certificates and Internet security. In 2002, he became the first African to travel to space as a space tourist. He lives on the Isle of Man and holds dual citizenship from South Africa and the United Kingdom. Mark Richard Shuttleworth, Founder and CEO, Canonical Ltd. Education The Shuttleworth Foundation was established in 2001 to promote education and technology in Africa. It gives annual grants to fellows for projects that include the development of low-cost 3D-printed medical supplies, such as the $3 stethoscope. South Africa
46 Nicholas F. Oppenheimer, Former Chairman, De Beers diamond mining company Net Worth $7.7 billion Nicholas F. Oppenheimer (born 8 June 1945) is a South African billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He was formerly the chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and of its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company, and former deputy chairman of Anglo American. Oppenheimer joined the Anglo American Corporation in 1968, and was appointed a director in 1974. He became deputy chairman in 1983. He subsequently resigned in 2001 but remained a non-executive director until 2011. He is the second richest African. Nicholas F. Oppenheimer, Former Chairman, De Beers diamond mining company Economy The Brenthurst Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance. Working at the invitation of African governments since 2004, the Foundation is constantly engaged with a diverse range of experts, policy specialists and senior government officials with activities focused across three main areas: South Africa
47 Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe, Founder, African Rainbow Minerals Net Worth $1.92 billion Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe is a South African billionaire mining businessman. He is the founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum. He sits on several company boards including being the non-executive chairman of Harmony Gold, the world's 12th largest gold mining company, and the deputy chairman of Sanlam. In 2012, Motsepe was named South Africa's richest man, topping the Sunday Times' annual Rich List with an estimated fortune of R20.07 billion ($2.5 billion). Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe, Founder, African Rainbow Minerals Humanitarian The Foundation focuses on initiatives and projects that will assist the beneficiaries to become self-sustaining and independent. They are committed to promoting non-racialism in South Africa; by respecting diversity and encouraging people of all races, faiths and cultures to join hands towards the development of South Africa and the rest of Africa. The foundation works with and encourage Governments on the African continent to develop economies that support efforts aimed at addressing Poverty alleviation, education, inequality, unemployment and improving health outcomes. South Africa
48 Johann Peter Rupert, Chairman, Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA Net Worth $6.6 billion Johann Peter Rupert (born 1 June 1950) is a South African-born entrepreneur, who is the eldest son of business tycoon Anton Rupert and his wife Huberte. He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont as well as of the South Africa-based company Remgro. It was announced on 13 November 2009 that as of 1 April 2010, he would assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Financiere Richemont. Together with his family he was estimated to be worth $5.5 billion as of January 2017, and Forbes ranked him as the fourth richest African, tied with Christo Wiese. Johann Peter Rupert, Chairman, Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA Culture The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. To defend its vision of value creation, the Foundation works within three principle lines of action: to perpetuate, to communicate, and to deliver creativity and craftsmanship safely into the future. Switzerland
49 Dr. Samuel Yin, Chairman, Ruentex Group Net worth: $3.9billion Samuel Yin is the chairman of Taiwanese conglomerate Ruentex Group, is one of the four Taiwanese on Forbes’ “48 Heroes of Philanthropy” list. He is most known for the establishment of the Tang Prize. In 2010, Yin received the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research by the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his contribution in the area of construction technology research. He was the first person without an academic background in engineering to receive the award. Dr. Samuel Yin, Chairman, Ruentex Group Culture, Science The Tang Prize is a set of biennial international awards bestowed in four fields: Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and Rule of Law. Nomination and selection are conducted by an independent selection committee, which is formed in partial cooperation with the Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top research institution. Taiwan
50 Stan Shih, Chariman, Founder and President of Acer Inc Net Worth: $8 billion Stan Shih is the founder, president, and chairman of Acer Inc. In 1976, after receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in electronic engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Shih founded Multitech with his wife Carolyn Yeh and five partners. Shih chaired Multitech through to 1987, when the company was renamed Acer, continuing as Acer chairman until his retirement in late 2004, having seen the company grow from a tiny start-up to a billion-dollar worldwide brand. Shih remained active in charity work during his retirement, including serving as a special representative of President Chen Shui-bian to the APEC Australia 2007. In November 2013, Shih returned to Acer after being reinstated as president and chairman. Stan Shih, Chariman, Founder and President of Acer Inc Education and Technology The mission of Acer Foundation is to promote the integration of technology. Through the development of knowledge and training of talent, the foundation strives to create strong alliances that span the globe. By promoting philanthropic efforts and talent training, the foundation is advancing social prosperity and elevating the standards of academic research to accelerate Taiwan’s transformation into an “island of technology". Taiwan
51 Mohammed "Mo" Gulamabbas Dewji, President and Owner, METL Net Worth: $1.52 billion Mohammed "Mo" Gulamabbas Dewji is a Tanzanian billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and former politician. He is the president and owner of MeTL Group, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. Dewji served as Member of Parliament for Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) from 2005 to 2015 for his home town of Singida. In the early 2000s, when the Tanzanian government privatized loss-making companies, he acquired them inexpensively and turned them into profit centers by trimming personnel expenses. MeTL Group of Companies is the largest privately owned conglomerate in Tanzania. Mohammed "Mo" Gulamabbas Dewji, President and Owner, METL Education, healthcare and skills development On a mission to enable and empower the under-privelaged who continue to struggle in Tanzania, the idea of Mo Dewji Foundation was conceived in 2000 driven by Mohammed Dewji's passion and ambitions for the society through specific emphasis on health, education and community development. The Foundation recognises education to create a pathway to a more predictive, just and equitable society, strengthening healthcare systems to assist in disease prevention and challeling regional communiy development efforts to help create self-sustaining socities in Tanzania. Tanzania
52 Tan Passakornnatee, Chairman and Founder, Ichitan Group Net worth: As of 2016- $440 million Thai businessman, best known as the founder of the Oishi Group of Japanese restaurants. The product that made him successful and well known in Thailand is Oishi Green Tea. Tan Passakornnatee was born in Chonburi at Thailand. His parents are Chinese, so he is both Thai and Chinese. He graduated at Grade 9 and got his first job as an employee at Sahapat. Then he saved money from his first job, and he opened a bookstall in Chonburi. Also, he started to invest his money in property. In 1999, he founded the Oishi Restaurants, WBC (Wedding Business Consultant) Wedding Studio and Oishi Green Tea. Next, in 2010 he resigned from the Oishi Group, and he founded a new company named Mai Tan that is composed of Ichitan Company and Double Drink Company. Tan Passakornnatee, Chairman and Founder, Ichitan Group Humanitarian Tan pledges half his net profit to his Tan Pan Foundation, which works to improve education, the environment and tourism in Thailand. As a strong believer of giving back to the society, Tan pledges 50% of his net profits after he turn 60 to Tan Pan Foundation, which focuses on upliftment and betterment of education and environment. Thailand
53 Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group Net Worth: $425 million Ashish J. Thakkar is a Dubai-based British entrepreneur. He is the founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and he is a co-founder of Atlas Mara. Thakkar was born in the United Kingdom, but he moved to East Africa as a teenager before founding Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate, at the age of 15. Mara Group's operations and investments span 22 African countries. He is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa's Economic Miracle. Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group Entrepreneurship The Foundation incorporates three key integral platforms, maintaining a set focus on developing an SME eco system to support entrepreneurs with a particular focus on youth and women entrepreneurs in line with the founder’s vision to create change for a sustainable future. In developing countries, young and women entrepreneurs face structural and financial barriers in the seed, incubation and growth period of starting a business. The Mara Foundation’s aim is to address this challenge by developing an ecosystem. Ashish’s meticulous passages as an entrepreneur in Africa has subsequently proliferated his desire to develop such an ecosystem to create impact and drive change for a sustainable future for the youth and women of today. Uganda
54 Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair, Founder and Chairman, Mashreq Bank Net Worth $5.9 billion Mr. Abdulla Al Ghurair is Chairman of the Board of Mashreq Bank, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE and the region, which was founded by him and his brother Saif as we all as the Al Ghurair family in 1967. In addition, the Al Ghurair family is recognized as a major player in driving the growth of the Emirati economy. It has lent its name to many businesses and projects that have not only shaped the contours of the business sector in the United Arab Emirates, but ones that have extended their reach to the Arabian Gulf as well. Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair, Founder and Chairman, Mashreq Bank Education The foundation creates opportunities to activate the untapped potential of Arab youth, providing underserved, high-achieving students with the scholarships, support and skills training that they need to thrive. The foundation tailors its programming to the needs of underserved youth, preparing them for their transition to work, ultimately empowering them to learn for life. United Arab Emirates
55 Majid Al Futtaim, Founder, Majid Al Futtaim Group Net Worth $4.6 billion Majid Al Futtaim is an Emirati billionaire businessman, the founder, owner and president of the Majid Al Futtaim Group, an Emirati real estate and retail conglomerate, with projects in Asia and Africa. As of March 2017, Al Futtaim's net worth is estimated by Forbes at US$10.9 billion, the second richest individual in the Middle East. Majid Al Futtaim is the brother in-law of fellow billionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim, the head of the Al-Futtaim Group, from whom he is estranged and splitted the Al Futtaim empire to form Majid Al Futtaim Group in 1992. Majid Al Futtaim, Founder, Majid Al Futtaim Group Healthcare Education MAF Charity Foundation engages in high-impact and sustainable activities in healthcare and education to extend assistance to individuals, families and institutions that need assistance in providing services related to health, UAE National training and education, as well as other charitable activities that will help contribute to the overall welfare of the UAE and its people. For healthcare, MAF Charity Foundation is implementing a series of awareness campaigns and healthcare projects envisioned to raise the public’s awareness on the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, as well as providing support for healthcare institutions in terms of modernizing their facilities and enhancing their capabilities to provide medical treatment. For education, MAF Charitable Foundation is developing training programmes that will help provide greater opportunities for employment for UAE Nationals. A special training institute focusing on retail management is also being developed to help advance best practices in retail management in the UAE. United Arab Emirates
56 Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim, Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation Net worth: $1.2 billion Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim, Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Leadership The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) was established in 2006 to highlight the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. Defining Leadership as one about making choices, defining prioirties and taking risks and governance about properly documenting and effectively implementing these choice, the Foundation identifies complex challenges around improving quality of life for citizens, matching GDP gains to employment gains and lack of enforcement of law and rights despite economic progress . United Kingdom
57 Christopher Hohn, Founder, The Children Investment Fund Net Worth : $3 billion Chris Hohn is founder, managing partner and portfolio manager of The Children's Investment Fund Management, a U.K.-based global investment firm. TCI is a value-based, fundamental investment manager with a concentrated portfolio aiming to bring a long-term, owner-oriented philosophy to public markets. TCI may use activism to enhance value as appropriate.Based in London, Hohn has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has managed equity portfolios for over 15 years. Christopher Hohn, Founder, The Children Investment Fund Humanitarian Over 800 million children are at risk of infection from parasitic worms known as soil-transmitted helminths. India - world's largest health intervention in one day (270 million children across 29 states and 7 union territory Ethiopia - 17 million children treated in Nov 2015 and Apr 2016 Kenya - By year three of the programme, the proportion of Kenyan children infected with intestinal worms went from 33% to 16%, infection went from 19% to 6% immediately after the round of deworming in year two. United Kingdom
58 Tom Hunter, Co-founder West Coast Capital Net Worth : $1.05 billion Thomas Blane Hunter is a Scottish businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. With his wife, Marion he established The Hunter Foundation in 1998 after selling his first business, Sports Division for a cool £290m. After discussions with Vartan Gregorian, head of the Carnegie Foundation of New York, Tom set a cause and a method which has resulted in the foundation donating millions to supporting educational and entrepreneurial projects in Scotland. Tom Hunter, Co-founder West Coast Capital Humanitarian Focusing on areas of entrepreneurship, education, opportunity for all and poverty reduction, the Hunter Foundation works on the model of finding innovative partners, disruptors and fund them againt a pre-agreed Key-Performance Indicators (KPIs). With this, the Foundation is a proactive venture philanthropy that seeks to invest in determining model solutions, in partnership with others, to troubling systemic issues relating to poverty eradication and educational enablement. To date THF has invested in excess of £55m for the common good and over time we hope to invest a good deal more. United Kingdom
59 David Sainsbury, Chancellor, University of Cambridge Net Worth:: $1.1 billion Born in a familt of strong tradition of philanthropy, he set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation as an endowed grant-making trust in 1967, just four years after graduating from King’s College, Cambridge, having read History and Psychology. He began his professional career when he joined the UK retailer J Sainsbury plc in 1963. He gained an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York in 1971 before becoming J Sainsbury’s Finance Director in 1973, holding the position for 17 years. In 1997 he became the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, post which he was appointed as the Minister of Science and Innovation in the UK Government. In November 2006 he left the Government after 8 years’ service to concentrate on his business interests and philanthropy. He was appointed as Chancellor of Cambridge University in 2011. David Sainsbury, Chancellor, University of Cambridge Miscellenous The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is an endowed grant-making trust established in 1967 by David Sainsbury which acts as the enabler for projects across a small number of selected fields- The main areas we cover are economic development in Africa, science and engineering education, plant science, neuroscience, and the Arts. United Kingdom
60 Roman Abramovich, Owner, Chelsea FC & Investment company Millhouse LLC Net Worth: $11.5 billion Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich is an Israeli-Russian billionaire businessman, investor, and politician. Since 2018, he has also held Israeli citizenship. Abramovich is the primary owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC, and is best known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, a Premier League football club. He was formerly governor of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug from 2000 to 2008.. He has donated more than $2.5 billion between the years 1999 and 2013 to build schools, hospitals and infrastructure in Chukotka. Roman Abramovich, Owner, Chelsea FC & Investment company Millhouse LLC Sports Chelsea FC Foundation has partnered with Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) to provide people in and around the housing areas positive sporting activities to assist in improving community cohesion and community responsibility, eventually the project's aim is to reduce anti-social behavior that may occur by providing diversionary sessions at key times and days. United Kingdom
61 Niklas Zennstrom, CEO, Atomico, Former Founder, Skype Net Worth: $1.3 billion Niklas Zennström is a Swedish billionaire entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the technology investment firm Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Zennström is also the co-founder of the charity organization Zennström Philanthropies. Zennström's most notable success to date is Skype, a telephony company based on peer-to-peer principles. In October 2005 Skype was acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion plus the potential to earn further performance-based bonuses up to $1.5 billion. Zennström was CEO from Skype's inception until September 2007. Niklas Zennstrom, CEO, Atomico, Former Founder, Skype Humanitarian Zennström Philanthropies was founded in 2007 by Niklas and Catherine Zennström. Its mission is to support and engage with organisations that fight for human rights, work to stop climate change and encourage entrepreneurship in order to protect our natural environment and allow those who live in it to realize their full potential. Engaging passionately, Zennström Philanthropies human rights work focuses on Europe and Central Asia where their focus is on raising awareness about rights and working towards long term sustainability of local human rights communities. United Kingdom
62 Sean Parker, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Brigade Net worth: $2.6 bn Sean Parker is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, most notable for cofounding the file-sharingcomputer service Napster, and serving as the first president of the social networking website Facebook. He also cofounded Plaxo, Causes, Airtime.com, and Brigade, an online platform for civic engagement. He is the founder and chairman of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on life sciences, global public health, and civic engagement. Sean Parker, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Brigade Humanitarian Health Care Starting in 2016, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy scientists funded a clinical trial to test the next wave of cancer-fighting T-cells engineered using the CRISPR gene-editing technology. The trail was the first in the United States to test CRISPR-modified cells in humans. The trial is led by the University of Pennsylvania and is also conducted at UCSF and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In November 2017, Science published a study from Parker Institute researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center showing that melanoma patients who have specific types of bacteria and a greater microbial diversity in their gut microbiome responded better to an anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor versus those with less diversity. Based on this work, the Parker Institute is collaborating with MD Anderson and industry partner Seres Therapeutics to launch a microbiome-cancer immunotherapy clinical trial for advanced melanoma patients. USA
63 Aliaune Akon Thiam, Co-Founder, Konfidence Foundation Net Worth: $80 million Akon, a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, is one of the most influential voices in music today. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and over 150 guest appearances with artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem and Gwen Stefani, Akon is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Aliaune Akon Thiam, Co-Founder, Konfidence Foundation Humanitarian Founded by Akon and Ms. Kine Gueye Thiam in 2007, the Konfidence Foundation is dedicated to empowering youth in Senegal, West Africa and the United States by promoting health and education, and supporting impoverished families.Their vision shares the philosophy tthat one day the concentrated efforts in Senegal and the United States will serve as an international platform to unite these two great nations and help build the Africa of tomorrow. In 2007, Akon turned his attention, energy, and love to launch the Konfidence Foundation. Drawing upon his recognizable celebrity combined with pride of his heritage and passion for philanthropy, Akon formed the Konfidence Foundation to improve the quality of life for people in Africa and the United States. USA
64 Naveen K. Jain , Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Moon Express; CEO, Viome Net Worth: $8 Billion Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is a founder of Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, iNome, TalentWise, Intelius, and Infospace. He is a regular contributor to the Forbes, WSJ, INC and Huffington Post. Moon Express is developing a robotic lunar lander to explore and mine the moon for planetary resources that will be the key to securing humankind’s future.Naveen Jain is a member of the Board of Trustees and Vision Circle at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in health, education, poverty, agriculture, and clean water. Naveen K. Jain , Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Moon Express; CEO, Viome Humanitarian - Women Safety The Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE challenges teams to leverage technology to keep women and communities safe. Invitng and inubating innovation, the winning team’s solution will autonomously and inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert and transmit information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds. The winning technology will cost no more than US $40, to help ensure it is affordable. In a bid to make the world safer for women and having recognised that one in three women have faced violence in some form and and at least one in five women are assaulted on college campuses in the United States alone, the goal of the prize is to use technology to find a solution which would allow communities to rapidly respond to threats against any of its members, ensuring that help is always available. USA
65 Pierre Morad Omidyar, Founder, eBay Net Worth: US$11.1 billion Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-American billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist of Iranian parentage. He is the founder of the eBay auction site where he served as chairman from 1998 to 2015. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay's 1998 initial public offering (IPO). Omidyar and his wife Pamela are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy. Since 2010, Omidyar has been involved in online journalism as the head of investigative reporting and public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat. Pierre Morad Omidyar, Founder, eBay Education, Humanitarian Democracy Fund: is a bipartisan foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar in 2011. It has been an independent private foundation since 2014. Its stated aim is to improve the democratic process in the United States so that it better benefits voters. Its activities include awarding grants to organizations it believes will further its goal. It also created the Voter Study Group, a collaboration of ideologically diverse scholars and analysts that surveyed 8,000 American voters on their political and social views. Humanity United: a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. It works to encourage experimentation, innovation, co-creation, and adaptation to maximize impact. Our tools go beyond traditional financial support and include network development, advocacy, strategic communications, and HU-led initiatives. USA
66 James Harris Simons, Founder, Renaissance Technologies Net Worth: $ 18.5 billion James Harris Simons is an American mathematician, billionaire hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is known as a quantitative investor and in 1982 founded Renaissance Technologies, a private hedge fund based in New York City. Although Simons retired from the fund in 2009, he remains its non-executive chairman and adviser. As a mathematics professor, he is also known for his studies on pattern recognition. He developed (with Shiing-Shen Chern) the Chern–Simons form, and contributed to the development of string theory by providing a theoretical framework to combine geometry and topology with quantum field theory. James Harris Simons, Founder, Renaissance Technologies Education, Healthcare The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Co-founded in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation exists to support basic — or discovery-driven — scientific research undertaken in the pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world. The Simons Foundation’s support of science takes two forms: We support research by making grants to individual investigators and their projects through academic institutions, and, with the launch of the Flatiron Institute in 2016, we now conduct scientific research in-house, supporting teams of top computational scientists. USA
67 Steve Anthony Ballmer, Ex-CEO, Microsoft;, Co-founder, The Ballmer Group Net Worth: $38.7 billion Steven Anthony Ballmer is an American businessman who served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014. Prior to becoming the CEO he held a number of high profile positions at Microsoft, heading several departments including operations, operating systems development, and sales and support. He had also served as the Executive Vice President, Sales and Support, and President of Microsoft. Retired from Microsoft following an illustrious career, he now focuses on another one of his passions—basketball—and is currently the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He along with his wife, run the Ballmer Foundation. His goal is to make the American dream available to American kids. Steve Anthony Ballmer, Ex-CEO, Microsoft;, Co-founder, The Ballmer Group Education and Poverty alleviation The foundation supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Through their donation and and civic activism, the foundation focuses on four levers of change that, together, hold promise to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, collaborating with different parties including government, non-profit, community-based organizations to tackle problems USA
68 Lyda Hill, Chairman, L H Holdings Inc. Net Worth: NA Lyda Hill is a Dallas entrepreneur, philanthropist,and the chairman of both LH Holdings, Inc., a private investment firm, and the Lyda Hill Foundation. Through her for-profit and not-for-profit investments, she is committed to funding game-changing advances in science and nature, to empowering nonprofit organizations, and to improving the local communities of greatest importance to her, North Texas and Colorado Springs. In recent years she has focused her efforts on a number of life sciences related philanthropic causes, prime ones incuding a $50 million pledge to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots Program which aims to combat and eliminate cancer; a $20 million grant to her alma mater, The Hockaday School, to fund a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program. Lyda Hill, Chairman, L H Holdings Inc. Life Sciences and Nature The Lyda Hill Foundation is a private foundation committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature, empowering nonprofit organizations, and to improving the North Texas and Colorado Springs communities. The organizational ethos of the Lyda Hill Foundation reflects a mix of entrepreneurial vigor and a commitment to balancing profit with purpose.The foundation is committed to investing in solutions, as opposed to incremental change, seeking to invest in transformational initiatives that have the potential to impact global issues such as food safety, ocean conservation, medical research, and other related efforts. USA
69 Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman, Vingroup Net worth: $7.3 billion Pham Nhat Vuong studied in Russia and started a popular instant noodle business in the Ukraine which he sold to Nestle for $150 million in 2009, before returning to Vietnam .Vuong chairs Vingroup, one of Vietnam's largest conglomerates with interests in real estate, retail and healthcare among others. He turned some investments into non-profit ventures, including some in healthcare, education and sports. He also built a center of contemporary art. Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman, Vingroup Education, health care programs and assistance for the poor The Kind Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Vingroup to undertake humanitarian and charity missions and “most promptly and efficiently transfer Vingroup employees’ kindness to the community.” Established in 2006, with the entire operating budget funded by Vingroup and its management, the Kind Heart Fund has implemented practical projects and actionable programs for the development of many communities, with priority given to benefiting disadvantaged families and families with meritorious service to the revolution. These include: taking care of women awarded the “Heroic Vietnamese Mother” honour, supporting beneficiaries of social welfare and preferential government programs, helping poor but studious students, supporting economic development for poor provinces, assisting victims of natural disasters, and underwriting charitable and humanitarian projects that construct educational, cultural and public health centres. Vietnam
70 Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless Net worth: $1.9 billion Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of diversified international Telecommunications, Media and Technology group Econet Wireless and Econet Media (Kwesé) . He is also a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. As a Panel Member, he facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge and convenes decision-makers to influence policy for lasting change in Africa. Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless Education Higherlife Foundation is a social impact organization raising young African leaders through education by providing platforms for them to fulfil their God given purpose. Founded by Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa in 1996 out of their personal convictions, heartfelt compassion as well as their personal experiences of orphan-hood, we are contemporary Africans moving the African continent forward through education and opportunities. Zimbabwe
71 Daniel S. Aegerter, Chairman and Founder, ARMADA Investment AG Daniel S. Aegerter is the Chairman and Founder of ARMADA Investment AG. He established his family office at the age of 31, after the successful merger of his B2B software company TRADEX Technologies to Ariba for $5.6 billion dollars in March of 2000. In 2012, Ariba was acquired by German software maker SAP.Mr. Aegerter's business experience on both sides of the Atlantic, as investor and entrepreneur, gives him unique insights in business formation and capital markets. Over the last decade at ARMADA, Daniel built on his investment experience and worked with many entrepreneurs to help them reach their goals and execute their business plans.As a philanthropist, Mr. Aegerter is committed to power modern civilisation without destroying it. He co-founded Energy for Humanity as a new voice for the pro-nuclear environmental movement. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum since 2002. Daniel S. Aegerter, Chairman and Founder, ARMADA Investment AG Environment and Technology Energy for Humanity is a UK-and Switzerland-based non-profit organisation with a global outlook focused on solving climate change and enabling universal access to modern energy services. The Foundation strongly advocates for evidence-based, whole-system, and technology-inclusive solutions in pursuit of the best (fastest, most cost-effective, most feasible) outcomes for people and nature. Our goal is to address these themes and to inspire meaningful action. Switzerland
72 Dr. Charly Kleissner, Co-Founder, Toniic Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor who believes that the fundamental meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity for the ultimate benefit of society. He insists that the best impact investments integrate financial return and social/environmental impact. His expertise is in portfolio impact investing, blended financing and conscious leadership. Dr. Kleissner has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. He held executive and senior engineering management positions at Hewlett-Packard, NeXT, RightPoint, and Ariba. Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, and Social-Impact International , which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. Dr. Charly Kleissner, Co-Founder, Toniic Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship The KL Felicitas Foundation was created in 2000 with a mission to enable social entrepreneurs and enterprises globally to develop and grow sustainably. With a strong impact investing strategy at its core, the foundation works to match the entrepreneurial spirit and business discipline of social enterprise with the significant capital being made available through a growing network of impact investors. The foundation has worthy contributions in making valuable investments and identifying most promosing innovations for positive social and environmental change. USA