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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Top Modern Day Philanthropists

A proponent of philanthropy in life rather than death, Andrew Carnegie derided posthumous bequests as "... only a means for the disposal of wealth, provided a man is content to wait until he is dead before he becomes of much good in the world" and added that "... men who leave vast sums in this way may fairly be thought men who would not have left it at all had they been able to take it with them." Encouragingly, Forbes has recently released a list of the 14 most generous philanthropists following in Carnegie's footsteps and distributing their wealth while they are alive to see that their contributions are being used effectively. The list includes:
  1. Bill Gates
  2. George Soros
  3. Gordon Moore
  4. Warren Buffett
  5. Eli Broad
  6. James Stowers
  7. Herbert and Marion Sandler
  8. Michael Bloomberg
  9. Li Ka-shing
  10. Dietmar Hopp
  11. Michael Dell
  12. Klaus Tschira
  13. Stephen Schmidheiny
  14. Ted Turner
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