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
|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.
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