Original title: Forbes publishes the top 25 philanthropic millionaires in the United States, with a total donation of 149 billion US dollars
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Article / Forbes rich list team
During the epidemic, novel coronavirus pneumonia was generously offered to help prevent the spread of new crown pneumonia and reduce the impact of the epidemic. In 2019, McKenzie Scott divorced Amazon founder Bezos. Since the divorce, Scott’s total donation has been beyond the expectation of the charity community. In July and December last year, she announced a total of 58 billion dollars in donations to 500 different organizations across the United States.
All of a sudden, small American charities found themselves getting part of Amazon’s wealth from Scott. “I dropped my chin on the floor,” says the CEO of charity North Florida. He told the local media that his organization had received $10 million in donations. The scale and speed of Scott’s donation is astonishing. It’s less than a year since she stepped into the spotlight to promote philanthropy, but according to Forbes, her donation may have exceeded the total lifetime donations of most American philanthropists, only inferior to the top five philanthropists.
Big philanthropists supporting the cause of the epidemic include the bill gates and his wife. Over the years, the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has supported vaccine aid and donated US $1.75 billion in two years for epidemic relief. The former mayor of New York, Michael Blumberg, donated $330 million to the epidemic related fund. Facebook founder Zuckerberg has donated at least $100 million.
Last year. The political arena in the United States is in turmoil. Zuckerberg, George Soros and others have spent a lot of money to promote the democratic process. Others focus on long-term challenges, such as poverty alleviation and global warming.
Here’s the top 10 of American philanthropic Millionaires:
Donation fields: health care, poverty alleviation
Wealth: US $88.8 billion
Total donation: 42.8 billion US dollars
The legendary investor is working towards the goal of giving away 99% of his wealth. So far, his total donations have exceeded $40 billion, most of which go to the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation is committed to promoting poverty alleviation and health care in the United States and developing countries. He also donated billions of dollars in shares to four funds set up by his three children and his late wife. In 2010, when he launched the “donation commitment” initiative, he said: “my family and I do not feel guilty about our huge wealth, but grateful.”. The initiative, launched by Mr. and Mrs. gates, aims to persuade the world’s billionaires to donate at least half of their wealth. “We spend only 1% of our wealth, and spending more than 1% will not make us happier and healthier.”.
Mr. and Mrs. gates
Donation fields: health care, poverty alleviation
Wealth: 120.7 billion US dollars
Total donation: US $29.8 billion
The bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a history of 20 years, giving us $5 billion a year. Last year, novel coronavirus pneumonia related research, treatment, testing and vaccine development began to be funded. The commitment to spend 1 billion 750 million dollars in two years or so is to win the battle AIDS and help the people in need globally. In December last year, Melinda said in a statement: “everyone in the world should be helped by the achievements of scientific and technological research and development in 2020.”. Since 2006, Buffett has donated $2 billion to $3 billion annually to the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the form of Berkshire Hathaway shares. “Forbes” will be based on the proportion of donations to the foundation to get the total amount of donations of the gates and Warren Buffett.
Donation fields: democratic cause, education, anti discrimination, medical and health care
Wealth: US $8.6 billion
Total donation: 16.8 billion US dollars
Soros’s open society foundation, covering 120 countries around the world, focuses on promoting democracy and protecting the rights of voters, with a budget of $140 million in 2020. Last year, the Foundation donated a total of US $1.2 billion to pursue economic equality, combat discrimination, improve human rights, promote judicial reform and advocate press freedom. After the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, the Open Society Foundation allocated $37 million to support unregistered immigrants who generally did not enjoy federal emergency assistance. After the murder of George Freud, the foundation also provided $220 million to support black communities across the United States.
Donation areas: climate change, health
Wealth: 54.9 billion US dollars
Total donation: 11.1 billion US dollars
Michael Blumberg, co-founder and former mayor of New York, has allocated more than $11 billion to charity, focusing on climate change, gun control and public health, according to the foundation. Over the past 10 years, he has spent more than $1 billion to curb tobacco abuse. In 2018, he announced a donation of $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Novel coronavirus pneumonia Foundation donated $330 million to new bloomer charity foundation, including medical research and reimbursement of meals for front-line medical staff. Last September, he also announced that he would spend $100 million over the next four years to provide scholarships to four medical schools where black students predominate.
Charles chuck Feeney
Donation fields: Science, human rights, young people
Total donation: 8 billion US dollars
The former billionaire hoped to be “worthless” when he died, and now he has achieved this financial goal. FeNi is the co-founder of DFS, a retail chain. He founded the company in 1960 and began to donate his property bit by bit anonymously. Finally, in order to promote the idea of “giving while living”, FeNi let the world know his good deeds. The idea had a huge impact on Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. In 2010, they launched the donation commitment initiative. FeNi has donated 8 billion dollars in total, about 3.7 billion dollars to education, including 1 billion dollars to his alma mater Cornell. In September 2020, after fini and his wife, Helga, donated the last part of their property, they closed the foundation, Atlantic Philippines.
Areas of donation: racial inequality, gender inequality and economic inequality
Wealth: 55.2 billion US dollars
Total donation: US $5.83 billion
In just one year of active charity activities, Scott’s achievements have far surpassed many other billionaires. With the help of an undisclosed number of employees and bridgespan group, a consulting firm, she gave more grants in six months than the Gates Foundation, which has 1600 employees, gives in a normal year. At the “black lives matter” protest in July last year, she announced that she had donated nearly $1.7 billion to 116 public welfare organizations concerned with social inequalities such as race, sexual orientation, gender and economic mobility. Last December, Scott revealed that she had donated nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Scott’s team has a special focus on non-profit organizations that address food safety, racial inequality and poverty reduction.
Gordon Moore and Betty Moore
Donation fields: Science, environment, education
Wealth: 11.8 billion US dollars
Total donation: US $5.15 billion
Twenty years ago, the co-founder and long-time CEO of Intel and his wife set up their foundation and donated Intel shares. The foundation gives about $270 million a year. Its environmental protection work supports efforts to prevent the loss of biodiversity. To promote scientific research, the foundation also funded the design and construction of the 30 meter telescope in Hawaii, a new type of telescope that allows researchers to observe space more deeply.
Eli Broad and Edith broad
Donation fields: education, art, science
Wealth: US $6.9 billion
Total donation: US $2.8 billion
Novel coronavirus pneumonia and Eli Blood, the retired architect and insurance tycoon, donated $136 million to various businesses in 2020, including the detection of new crown pneumonia virus for university students and the voting for presidential election in battlefields. The couple, who support education, art and science through their broad foundation, are long-term residents and art patrons of the city of Los Angeles. In 1984, they set up the broad art foundation, which includes an art lending library, which has lent more than 8500 works of art to 500 museums.
Jim Simmons and Marilyn Simmons
Donation field: Science and Engineering Research
Wealth: 23.5 billion US dollars
Total donation: US $2.7 billion
Jim Simmons was a professor of mathematics before he founded the quantitative trading hedge fund Renaissance technologies in 1982. He devoted most of his charitable donations to science and engineering research and education. In 1994, he and his wife Marilyn founded the Simmons foundation. It is a major funder of math for America, a non-profit organization that focuses on networking senior high school math and science teachers in the United States. The foundation also provides funds for life science research, donates to New York genome center and other institutions, and supports autism treatment and related research through its Autism Research Institute.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chen
Donation fields: Science, education, judicial justice, election integrity
Wealth: US $90 billion
Total donation: US $2.7 billion
In 2020, the Facebook founder and CEO celebrated the fifth anniversary of his charity and advocacy organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). Novel coronavirus pneumonia and the election of Priscilla Chen and his wife, two, have recently been donated to fight against new crown pneumonia and election corruption. In novel coronavirus pneumonia related to the new crown pneumonia, CZI donated more than $100 million in 2020 to expand the California’s ability to detect the coronavirus and to cooperate with the Gates foundation to speed up the development of new crown virus. But according to Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chen in the agency’s annual letter, that’s dwarfed by the $400 million CZI donated to nonpartisan groups. It is understood that the $400 million CZI donated to nonpartisan organizations is to “ensure that voters can vote safely.”.
How to make the list:
So far, 25 billionaires have contributed about $149 billion. According to Forbes, they are worth $799 billion and still have a lot to spare. We estimate the total amount of donations (in US dollars) actually made by US billionaires, that is, we do not consider the unused funds placed in the foundation. Therefore, we have not calculated the amount of the promised donation that has not yet been fulfilled, nor the amount of money flowing into the donor’s proposal Fund (DAF enjoys tax benefits, but has no obligation to disclose and allocate funds), unless the donor provides us with the details of the actual use of the donation. All the people on this list are American citizens, including only individuals or couples, so the Waltons, the controlling shareholder of Wal Mart, are not on the list. The total amount of donation is up to the end of 2020, and the calculation of wealth is up to January 14, 2021.