Top 10 Philanthropists of the World

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With the season of giving upon us, Wealth-X today released a list of the 10 biggest single charitable donations of 2014. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet made the largest donation of 2014, givingUS$2.1 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the form of 16.6 million shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway.

* Buffet Tops List With US$2.1 Billion Donation

* 8 of Top 10 Donors Are Americans

Eight of the top 10 donations of 2014 were made by American philanthropists. Hong Kong real estate tycoons Ronnie and Gerald Chan are the only non-Americans to appear on the list. The billionaire brothers collectively gave a US$350 million gift to Harvard University, the largest ever in the school’s history.

Harvard also received a US$150 million donation from hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin to support financial aid. Six of the top 10 donations of 2014 were made to educational institutions, two were given to health causes, and two went to philanthropic foundations.

Below are 10 largest philanthropic donations of 2014:

Rank Name Individual Or With Spouse Net Worth

(US$ mln)

Donated Amount*

(US$ mln)

Donated Amount To Net Worth Ratio Cause
1 Warren Buffett Individual 66900 2100 3% Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
2 Nicholas Woodman With spouse 4400 497.5 10% Silicon Valley Community Foundation
3 Ronnie Chan Individual 1500 175 10% Harvard University
4 Gerald Chan Individual 1300 175 12% Harvard University
5 Kenneth Griffin Individual 5500 150 3% Harvard University
6 Gert Boyle Individual 540 100 16% Oregon Health & Science University
7 John Morgridge With spouse 1500 100 6% University of Wisconsin-Madison
8 John “Jay” Jordan Individual 290 75 21% University of Notre Dame
9 Edward Meyer With spouse 740 75 9% Weill Cornell Medical College
10 Charles Munger Individual 1100 65 6% University of California Santa Barbara

*Donated amounts only take into account donations that have already been made, and do not include pledged amounts.


Wealth-X is the world’s leading ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of US$30 million and above. The firm’s Wealth-X Professional solution is the standard for banking, luxury marketing and not-for-profit professionals working with the ultra affluent. Headquartered in Singapore, Wealth-X has 13 offices across five continents. (

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