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Meet the world’s most generous individuals from the last 100 years.

Merriam Webster defines the word ‘Rich’ as someone having abundant possessions, especially material wealth or high value or quality. 

The thirst for riches is unequivocally amongst all human beings. We want to achieve all the richness and comforts in the world undividedly, but only after reaching a point of the continuous hustle for more, very few understand their due diligence to people in need, and bequeath their possession for the welfare of others.  For someone rich is money, for others richness is generosity.

 In the latest, Hurun Research and EdelGive Foundation released the 2021 EdelGive Hurun Philanthropists of the Century, a ranking of the world’s most generous individuals from the last 100 years.

Indian industry’s doyen Jamsetji Tata has emerged as the biggest philanthropist globally in the last 100 years by donating $102 billion, as per a list of top-50 givers prepared by Hurun Report and EdelGive Foundation.

Melinda Gates

Tata, the founder of what has now become a group spanning interests from salt to software, is ahead of others like Bill Gates and his now-estranged wife Melinda who have donated $74.6 billion, Warren Buffet ( $37.4 billion), George Soros ($34.8 billion) and John D Rockefeller ($26.8 billion), the list showed

“Whilst American and European philanthropists may have dominated the thinking of philanthropy over the last century, Jamsetji Tata, founder of India’s Tata Group, is the world’s biggest philanthropist,” Rupert Hoogewerf, the chairman and chief researcher at Hurun said in a statement.

By the virtue of the two-thirds of ownership of the trusts engaged in various welfare schemes including education and healthcare has helped Tatas achieve the top spot, he said, adding that Jamsetji Tata’s giving started in 1892 itself.

John D Rockefeller

According to the report, the total philanthropic value of Jamsetji Tata is made up of 66% of Tata Sons, solely based on the value of listed entities. Jamsetji Tata was born in 1839 in Navsari, a city in south Gujarat. Tata began to prosper in the 1870s after floating the Central India Spinning Weaving and Manufacturing Company. He set up the JN Tata Endowment in 1892 for higher education, beginning with Tata Trusts. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, often referred to him as the ‘one-man planning commission’.

Other than Jamsetji Tata, Azim Premji of Wipro is the only other Indian, who has virtually given his entire fortune of $22 billion for philanthropic causes.

Furthermore, the majority of the philanthropists in the list are from the US with 39 people on the list, followed by the UK (5) and China (3). Total 37 of the donors are dead while only 13 of them are alive.

“At this rate, expect to see fifty or more break through the $100 billion mark within the next five years,” Hoogewerf said.

However, it seems the business moguls are becoming rich but giving less to the people in need.  “Today’s billionaires are not keeping up with philanthropy, making money much faster than they are giving it away,” Hoogewerf added.

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Here’s the list top 50 philanthropists of the last 100 years:

1. Jamsetji Tata

2. Bill & Melinda Gates

3. Henry Wellcome

4. Howard Hughes

5. Warren Buffett

6. George Soros

7. Hans Wilsdorf

8. JK Lilly Sr

9. John D Rockefeller

10. Edsel Ford

11. Robert Wood Johnson II

12. Azim Premji

13. William & Flora Hewlett

14. David Packard

15. J Paul Getty

16. John D. MacArthur

17. Will Keith Kellog

18. Andrew Carnegie

19. Alisa Mellon Bruce & Paul Mellon

20. Sam & Helen Walton

21. Gordon & Betty Moore

22. W. Garfield Weston

23. Michael Bloomberg

24. Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian

25. Margaret A Cargill

26. Conrad Hilton

27. Joseph N. Pew Jr.

28. Harry & Leona Helmsley

29. MacKenzie Scott

30. Chris Hohn & Jamie Cooper

31. James Buchanan Duke

32. Ma Huateng

33. S. S. Kresge

34. Jim Simons

35. Charles Stewart Mott

36. Ma Yun

37. Eli Broad

38. Robert Winship Woodruff

39. John Templeton

40. Jeffry M. Picower & Barbara Picower

41. William Hesketh Lever

42. Harry Weinberg

43. James Harvey Irvine Sr

44. John Knight & James Knight

45. William Lewis Moody, Jr.

46. Ewing Marion Kauffman

47. Li Ka-shing

48. Isaac Wolfson

49. Jesse H. Jones

50. Michael & Susan Dell

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