Who Are the Greatest Philanthropists of our time?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

We’re living in a world full of opportunities for some people, but full of problems for others. It may be a pure perspective of certain people, but when you look around yourself and notice we’re living in a world full of global problems like climate change, pollution, hunger, poverty and similar. According to the statistics and various researches, around 11 percent of the population is living on less than $2 per day. Can you imagine that number? One cup of your morning coffee costs more than 11 percent of populations’ daily budget.

Philanthropy became a very popular thing in the last decade, and it’s becoming more and more practiced among influential people. It’s more than a purely charitable donation as people who are philanthropists have one goal in mind – make the world a better place for living to people who don’t have the essential things. Many influential people established organizations that are investing money in philanthropist efforts around the world.

In this article, we will introduce you to the most influential philanthropists and their positive impact on the quality of living of people.

1)    Bill and Melinda Gates

This couple is working very hard to make the world a better place. The estimated worth of Bill Gates is around $80 billion, and his primary source of income is a renowned company called Microsoft. This couple is one of the leading philanthropists, and they created a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that helps in fighting the world problems like hunger, health, and education in third-world countries. Combined, they gave away around $30 billion to help people in need around the world.

2)    Warren Buffett

According to some lists, Warren Buffett is the second richest man on the earth weighing around $80 billion. The fascinating thing is that he announced to give away 99% of his wealth to philanthropic causes promoting education, health and community services around the globe. He’s working very close to Bill Gates, and they created a charity company called Giving Pledge that is focusing on raising funds from the wealthiest people in the world to make better living conditions for people who need it. The interesting thing is that only 1% of his wealth will go to their children, but when you do the calculation, that’s pretty good sum of money.

3)    George Soros

George Soros is another philanthropist on our list that made a huge impact on the world, especially in promoting democracy around the world. The main source of his income is his company called Soros Fund Management that makes a change in different fields like health, education, and development of third-world countries. His philanthropist activities support different organizations and individuals who are sharing the same values and vision in giving activities. He already gave around 50% of his entire wealth to philanthropic causes.

4)    Gordon and Betty Moore

Moore couple made his wealth from technology mogul Intel. Their combined net worth is estimated around $8 billion, and they started a nonprofit company called Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation which is one of the largest foundations in that field in the USAinfo-icon. The main problems the foundation is focusing on are environmental sustainability, health, and technology innovation. The foundation is located in San Francisco, and the majority of the funds go into the city to promote the lives of the local community. The foundation is currently worth around $7 billion, so the legacy will continue when he’s gone.

5)    Paul Tudor Jones

The owner and founder of Robin Hood Foundation, a philanthropic organization that is helping in a fight with poverty and education in New York City. His organization is doing a great job regarding education as they are focusing on putting as many high school students to colleges. That’s a perfect way to move young people from the streets and reduce poverty. Right now, his work only revolves around his local community as he noticed so many problems in NYC that need to be solved. The main focus is to help young people get their degree and find jobs in the industry.

Philanthropists Are the Ones Who Are Changing the World

You have a list of 5 most important givers in the world who are making an enormous impact on making the world a better place of living. Everyone from that list is a billionaire who’s giving away more than a half of the wealth to the people who need the funds. These all are influential people from different aspects of life who noticed the problems the world is facing today.

They are problem solvers who can’t live in the world filled with the big problems like poverty, health issues, hunger, climate change and similar. They are the ones who’re taking things into their hands and improving the quality of life in general.

It could be a huge inspiration to you to start giving more to your local community. It doesn’t need to be in a material form like money. You can invest your time in promoting the quality of life in your community as a form of volunteering.


Antonio Gabric a freelance content writer for aSabbatical.com
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