Business Week's Top 20 Philanthropists

Business Week reporters scoured news reports, foundation and IRS filings and conducted countless interviews in a bid to compile a list of the Top 50 Philanthropists (given or pledged) for the period 2001 - 2005. Here's the Top 20:

1. Gordon and Betty Moore (Intel co-founder) - $7.0bn

2. Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft co-founder) - $5.4bn

3. Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway CEO) - $2.6bn

4. George SorosĀ (Investor) - $2.3bn

5. Eli and Edythe Broad (SunAmerica, KB Home founder) - $1.4bn

6. James and Virginia Stowers (American Century founder) - $1.2bn

7. Walton Family (Family of Wal-Mart founder) - $1.1bn

8. Alfred Mann (Medical devices) - $993m

9. Michael and Susan Dell (Dell founder) - $933m

10. George Kaiser (Oil & gas, banking, real estate) - $617m

11. John Templeton (Investor) - $562m

12. Ruth Lilly (Eli Lilly heiress) - $560m

13. Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg founder) - $528m

14. Veronica AtkinsĀ (Widow of Dr Robert Atkins - Atkins Diet) - $500m

15. Jeff Skoll (Founding president of eBay) - $489m

16. Ted Turner (CNN founder) - $457m

17. Kirk Kerkorian (Investor) - $453m

18. Donald Bren (Real estate) - $447m

19. Pierre and Pam Omidyar (eBay chairman, co-founder) - $433m

20. Patrick and Lore Harp McGovern (IDG founder) - $370m

Other interesting entries in the Top 50 include:

41. Sandy and Joan Weill (Citigroup chairman) - $171m

44. Charles and Helen Schwab (Charles Schwab founder) - $167m


Source - Business Week

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