The world has no shortage of billionaires. As of 2020, the number of individuals whose net worth is over $1 billion has risen above two thousand. However, among these people, some stand out because they give away a significant amount of money from their fortune to help other people and the world in totality. Here are some of the most generous philanthropists in the world.
Bill and Melinda Gates
William Henry Gates is the cofounder of Microsoft Corporation. He retained the title of the wealthiest person in the world for so long that very few people ever notice when other people knock him off the top spot from time to time. In the year 2000, Bill and his wife created the Bill and Melinda Foundation. The foundation has since then donated over $50 billion to different non-profit organizations to improve the lives of people all over the world.
Warren Buffett is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He is estimated to have a net worth of around $84 billion. He has donated over $46 billion since the year 2000. Not only does Warren give away large portions of his wealth, but he urges other wealthy people to donate to philanthropy and provides various financial advice to individuals of all financial statuses, as well.
Oprah is a self-made billionaire who grew up in poverty and hardship. Nevertheless, she managed to overcome the challenges of segregation and sexual abuse to achieve great success and is now one of the most prominent philanthropists in the world. Oprah has donated over $140 million to her foundation Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She also supports several other African American culture foundations.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Michael Jordan is a retired basketball player who won six NBA championships. He purchased the Charlotte Hornets after retiring from sports and has since been donating significant amounts of money to different charities and causes that benefit the less fortunate. One of his most notable donations was $2 million given to relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Florence.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are some of the most notable philanthropists in the world. They created the Chan Zuckerberg foundation that provides funding for scientific research and other education courses. The couple pledged to give away 99% of their possessions to charity over the course of their lifetimes.