Philanthropy, as many of Indian billionaires are too concerned about it, it is a familiar term for most of Indians. From businessmen to techies to players to filmy heroes, all Indians give a priority for charity and other social activities. Education is the area where most of the donors are concentrating, following education, rural area growth and developments are another aim.
Some of the businessmen who started donating after their retirement can have a free mind of generosity, while the non-retired may be overwhelming by the hard tempers of their hard business. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft based in the USA, has become a role model for Indians as well as other nationalities to do the same. The list gives you an abstract knowledge about Indians who donated their money for many charity projects.
1. Azim Premji
Azim Hasham Premji, Chairman of Wipro, and IT giant, is known as Indian Bill Gates. Premji, aged 71, concentrates in the educational sector as he has donated an incredible 27,514 crore for educational developments and its growth, which is up to 25 percentage of his total wealth. He is the first Indian to join ‘Giving Pledge’, as an international organization which inspires billionaires to donate their wealth to charities, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
He founded a University namely WIPRO with great facilities for second class Indians who have a passion of studying. In 2000, he was ranked third richest person in the world by Forbes. “l strongly believe that those of us who are privileged to have wealth should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for better world for millions who are far less privileged, I will continue to act on this belief” he said. He has been listed in the 500 most influential Muslims of the world.
2. Anil Agarwal
Chairman of Vedanta group, Anil Agarwal, aged 61, is the second in top donors of India. He has pledged to donate 75 percentage of his total financial empire, which is up to 21,000 crores. He concentrates on social and rural developments in India. His charity areas include child welfare and women empowerment. He told his 16,200 crore donations are decided after a long meeting with International philanthropist Bill Gates, the world’s richest and revolutionary techie.
Born in Patna, Bihar, Agarwal is now heading top industrial firms in the sectors of metal, oil, and gas. He has planned to initiate a multi-disciplinary, co-educational university near Puri, Odisha. He is heading Sesa Sterlite and Cairn India, firms focusing on metal, oil and gas.
3. Shiv Nadar
Shiv Nadar, chairman of India’s fourth largest IT firm, HCL, has his own charity organization namely Shiv Nadar Foundation through which he donated 525 crores to various charitable projects. His visionary activities to impart modern education and learning systems to local villages are laudable. Shiv Nadar University, a higher studies program initiated by him, provides an international systematic learning in India. He is passionately generous towards education and rural development.
“I had the opportunity to visit Mr. Nadar’s foundation and university. His mission to impart contemporary education in poorest villages sets a good example for practical philanthropy in India” Anas Rahman Junaid, Business Head, Hurun Report India told
4. Ratan Tata
The great grandson of Jamshedji Tata, aged 79, has promised to spend 60- 65 of his total wealth towards educational progressive activities, medicine, and rural development. The government of India honored him by giving Padma Bhushan(2000) Padma Vibhushan(2008), the third great civilian award in India. He has retired from the Tata group in 2012 to focus on private life and other charity activities handing charge to his successor Cyrus Mistry.
He is known for his humanitarian strikes and genuine life, which is always acceptable and influential among Indian people. In 2007, he acquired Corus group. He is the master brain in producing the cheapest car in the world, TATA Nano for just a 1,00,000 Rupees to fulfill the vehicle dream of second class Indians. He is currently living in Mumbai, totally concentrating on private life and other charity activity far away from the corporate and industrial business.
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5. Mukesh Ambani
Although not generous as his co-workers, Ambani donated more than 600 crores for many charitable projects. He donated 345 crores towards health care. His wife Anita Ambani also interested and involved in many philanthropical projects. The Reliance foundation, which provides and concentrates in spending a great part of their total wealth in many areas of charity. He is totally being criticized seriously by many observers for being a miser, comparatively, to another donor he is not much generous.
Aged 59, is the owner of Mumbai Indians IPL team; Reliance Communications and subsidiary Reliance Retail such as Reliance Fresh, Reliance Trends, and Reliance Footprint, etc. he owns a 27 story house, Antilla, in Mumbai, which claims to be the most expensive house in the world. He is the brother of Anil Ambani, one of the leading industrialists and a passionate philanthropist; he owns many industrial firms and IT initiatives.
6. Nandan and Rohini Nilekani
Both Nandan and his wife Rohini Nilekani are spending a tremendous amount too generously for the development of social and rural life in India. The duo donated Rs 500 crore last year. Nandan is the chairman of the Unique Identity Authority (UIDAI) of India and his wife Rohini has concentrated totally on charity and donated her $27 million Infosys shares. Above her personal donations, she made a joint donation of 987 crores with Savitri Jindal, Zarina Scewvala and Yasmin Gupta.
Nandan Manohar Nilekani, aged 61, co-founded Infosys and was its CEO from 2002 to 2007. He headed the GoI’s technology committee, TAGUP; he is the member of the board of governors ICRIER and the president of the NCAER. He is also a member of Wold Economic Forum Foundation.
His wife Rohini is a former journalist and author started her humanity activities in 2001, as she founded Arghyam, which she self-funded for the water and sanitation. she is currently managing their family charity activities as her husband Nandan is under the busy atmosphere of Politics.