Philanthropy means love of humanity in the sense of caring and developing. And a person who donates his time, money and reputation to charitable causes is known as Philanthropist. There are some people in the world who are doing the most wonderful job, not for their own but for whom they don’t even know. They are trying to change the world for better purpose and inspiring us all. The following list is surprising for many people because the list does not have the names of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Some names might be new for you, let’s have an introduction with the Top 10 Most Generous American Philanthropists of 2013.
10. Jeffrey Carlton
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Jeffrey Carlton founded a Press Forge company that sells metal, steel and titanium for aerospace, oil, nuclear and the gas companies. He died in 2012 at age of 61 and left over $212 million property to a Jeffrey Carlton Charitable Foundation. The money is divided in four nonprofits and each received about $53 million.
9. Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki
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Sergey Brin is a computer scientist, internet entrepreneur and the co-founder of Google, one of the most successful websites. Anne Wojcicki is a biotechnology analyst who co-founded the genetic testing company 23andMe. In 2013 they donate around $219 million to the Brin Wojcicki Foundation and Michael J. Fox Foundation for education and Parkinson’s research.
8. Irwin and Joan Jacobs
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Irwin Jacobs is an engineer, businessman and the co-founder of Qualcomm, a wireless communication company. His company developed the OmniTRACS which is the world’s most technologically advanced two way mobile satellite communication system. Last year Irwin and his wife Joan Jacobs gave their largest donation (around $220 million) to the Jacobs Technion Cornell Innovation Institute and Joan and Irwin Jacobs fund at the Jewish community foundation of San Diego.
7. Pierre and Pam Omidyar
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Pierre Omidyar is an Iranian American entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder and the chairman of eBay website. In 2013 they gave a sum of $225 million to HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network, and the Ulupono Initiative. These nonprofits support to fight against slavery around the world and maintain the environment, agriculture and sustainable energy.
6. Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson is an American businessman serves as President and CEO of Franklin Resources, a mutual fund company. He also has a majority shareholder of the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, but currently retired from the company. In 2013 he donated $250 million to Yale University to build two new residential colleges to increase its enrollment by 15 percent.
5. John and Laura Arnold
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John Arnold is an American investor and former manager of the hedge fund company of natural gas trading. In 2011 they donate over $100 million to Laura and John Arnold Foundation and gave $423 million in 2012. In 2013, they donate $296 million to Laura and John Arnold Foundation for different causes. Till 2013, they have donated more than $1 billion to their foundation.
4. Michael Bloomberg
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Michael Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is the owner of the Bloomberg financial data and the news service company. Last year he gave a total of $452 million to arts, education, environment and public health non-profits. He also donates to make government more efficient and creative.
3. Philip and Penelope Knight
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Philip Knight is an American businessman and the co-founder and chairman of the Nike Inc. Last year they donated $500 million to Oregon health and science university foundation and OHSU’s Knight Cancer center for a project on research on cancer. In last five years they donated more than $725 million.
2. George Mitchell
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George Mitchell was an American businessman, philanthropist and the owner of Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation. He is worldwide known for being the first to commercially use hydraulic fracturing. He died on 26th July 2013, left an estimated $750 million to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, which was established in 1978.
1. Mark Zuckerberg
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Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest American philanthropist of 2013. He donated $992.2 million (18 million shares of Facebook) to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook. In 2010, he donated $100 million to establish Startup which is a foundation to support programs to improve public schools in Newark.