News World's Top Philanthropists

1. Dec 2, 2005

loseyourname

Staff Emeritus

The top ten:

1. Gordon and Betty Moore
2. Bill and Melinda Gates
3. Warren Buffett
4. George Soros
6. James and Virginia Stowers
7. The Walton Family
8. Alfred Mann
9. Michael and Susan Dell
10. George Kaiser

6. Dec 3, 2005

RunDMC

Bill Gates uses donations for political and business gain. While this is 'giving to charity', it can't be called true 'philanthropy'.

7. Dec 3, 2005

Pengwuino

Very very few people even know hes a democrat! What is your justification for saying that?

8. Dec 3, 2005

Smurf

pfft, only 2, maybe 3 of those people could ever be called a 'philanthropist' and that's stretching it. They certainly don't deserve to be on the top 10.

9. Dec 3, 2005

wasteofo2

Why all the hate for people giving millions of dollars to charity? I can't see why someone's intentions should matter when giving millions to those in need, so long as the money actuall helps people out.

It's like that thing with Chavez giving all that oil to poor people in Mass. and the Bronx, of course he's kinda doing it as a political stunt, but that doesn't really matter to the people who're going to be able to keep their homes warm this winter.

10. Dec 3, 2005

Smurf

It's not that I hate them, I just see no reason to consider them beneficial or 'good' (with the possible exception of george soros). In the end it comes down to ideas about property.

11. Dec 3, 2005

Pengwuino

Why does your one exception happen to be one of the biggest underminers of democracy in the United States... is an absolutely blinding example of Capitalism... the French caught him conducting insider trading.... how can he be your exception?

12. Dec 3, 2005

Smurf

I did say possible, I don't know very much about him.

13. Dec 4, 2005

TheStatutoryApe

Or maybe it's that they have given that much money over their life time in comparison to their current net worth.
I was a bit confused at first too but that was the way that I eventually interpreted it.

14. Dec 4, 2005

loseyourname

Staff Emeritus
It's a percentage of their current net worth. That means that, over the course of the last five years, she has given away ten times as much as she still has. If, for example, she is currently worth $100 million, then she has given away$1 billion over the last five years (the actual number is on the list, but I don't feel like looking it up), and was worth \$1.1 billion five years ago.

15. Dec 4, 2005

devil-fire

of the ways they could have spent money for personal gains, i dont understand how giving hundreds of millions of dollars to charity would be high on the list.

16. Dec 5, 2005

arildno

It is despicable to, in effect, reserve the term "philantropist" to people with lots of money.

17. Dec 5, 2005

Staff: Mentor

It's just a word, arildno. Calling someone a "philanthropist" in no way disparages someone else who has less and so donates less.