10 Most Generous Donors Who Have Given the Most
Most people who give to charity will do so anonymously so it can be difficult to compile an accurate list of who has given the most. The following is based on the available evidence for who are the 10 most generous people around.
10- Sam Simon
Sam Simon is the co-creator of the Simpsons – one of the most popular TV shows of all time. As well as being a talented director, producer, and writer Sam is also a philanthropist. He is a real pet lover and probably his largest donation has been 1.8 million dollars to his own Sam Simon Foundation that offers a number of programs aimed at helping dogs. This foundation also provides deaf people and war veterans with dogs to keep them company.
9- Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep often plays caring and generous people on the big screen, but it seems that she is like this in real life too. In one year alone she donated 2.1 million dollars to various causes such as Oxfam America and Partners in Health. Meryl also donated over 1.2 million to Vassar College.
8- Lance Berkman
Lance Berkman is most well known for his baseball skills with the St Louise Cardinals. His success in this sport has allowed him to accumulate great wealth, but he is not the type of person to keep all the money to himself. Lance, along with his wife Clara, has donated over 2.5 million dollars to worthy causes around the world. They like to stick with Christian based organizations but their charity has reached places such as Vietnam and Philippines.
7- Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh is another sportsperson with a huge heart. He is most well known for being the defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions. He is keen to encourage young people to follow in his footsteps and this is why he donated 2.6 million to Nebraska University athletic department – this is the largest ever donation given by a pro football player.
6- Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is a writer who will be most well known to those who enjoy romance novels. She has enjoyed 861 weeks in the New Your Bestseller list and she has sold over 400 million books. Nora need never write another word again and her legend is guaranteed, but she still enjoys pumping out stories. Nora has been generous with her wealth and has created the Nora Roberts Foundation to support literacy among children – she had donated over 3 million dollars to this noble cause.
5- George Lucas
George Lucas is one of the most successful film producers, directors, and writers of all time. He will always be most well known his hits Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but George never seems to run out of great movie ideas. All this success has made George a very wealthy man indeed. He has a good heart though, and has donated over 4.5 million to charity through his George Lucas Educational Foundation.
4- Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson has been in the press a lot for the wrong reasons in recent years. His behavior and unwise comments have gotten him into a lot of hot water. Like him or loathe him there is no doubting that Mel is a generous type of guy. An example of his generosity would be the 6.8 million dollars that he donated to Holy Family Church. This is a huge sum of money to donate to charity and must go a long way to redeeming Mel’s character.
3- Herb Alpert
Herb Albert is one of the most talented musicians of all time. He is responsible for many hits over the years and has sold over 72 million records. His music is a mixture of jazz and funk and even though he is now in his seventies he continues to make music. Herb has not been afraid to spread his wealth around and he has donated almost 10 million dollars to his own Herb Albert Foundation. This charity does lots of good work and its main focus is helping people through art.
2- Bill Gates
Bill Gates is not only one of the richest men in the world but he is also one of the most generous. The co founder of Microsoft developed a reputation for being completely ruthless in business, but his charitable work has shown him to be incredibly generous as well. It is difficult to find out exactly how much he has given to charity, but he had pledged 10 billion to vaccine development and research in poor countries. Bill has more money than some small countries, and this gives him a great deal of power to make a difference in the world. He takes his role as a philanthropist seriously and not that he is only working part-time at Microsoft he will have even more time to devote to good work.
1- Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is one of the richest and most influential people on the planet, and as far as we can tell he is also the most generous. His estimated worth is 44 billion dollars and he has pledged to give 99% of this away to charity. That is an astounding amount of money to devote to helping other, and Warren is certainly going to make a difference in the world because of it. Despite this riche Warren has always tried to live frugally, and this has put him in a position where he can help other people.