The 25 Philanthropists In America Making The Biggest Donations

The issue of income inequality is taking center stage in Davos, Switzerland, this week, as government leaders, corporate executives and more than 100 billionaires including Michael Dell, George Soros and Ray Dalio meet in the ski town for the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Collectively, the top 25 givers have contributed $51.6 billion to nonprofits from 2014 to 2018 (the last year for which comprehensive data is available), supporting everything from criminal justice and education reform to scientific research and poverty alleviation. 

Of course, one reason that the superwealthy dominate these ranks is that giving $1 billion for someone worth over $50 billion isn’t such a big deal. For that reason, we’ve also included their giving as a percentage of their net worth. On that measure, no one has been more generous than Duty Free Shoppers’ Chuck Feeney, the former billionaire who pledged to give so much away that he’d die broke and has now pretty much met that goal. He gave away $1.6 billion in the last five years, and more than $8 billion in total. On the opposite end, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have so far given 1.2% of their net worth to nonprofits. 

See below for the full list of top givers by dollars donated.

1 | Warren Buffett

Giving Focus: health, poverty alleviation

5-Year Total: $14.7 billion

Net Worth: $90 billion

2 | Bill & Melinda Gates

Giving Focus: health, poverty alleviation

5-Year Total: $9.9 billion

Net Worth: $109.6 billion

| George Soros

Giving Focus: economic development, human rights

5-Year Total: $3.1 billion

Net Worth: $8.3 billion

Michael Bloomberg

Giving Focus: climate change, health

5-Year Total: $3 billion

Net Worth: $59.5 billion

5 | Walton Family

Giving Focus: education, environment

5-Year Total: $2.3 billion

Net Worth: $181.4 billion

Jim & Marilyn Simons

Giving Focus: STEM research

5-Year Total: $1.65 billion

Net Worth: $21.6 billion

Chuck Feeney

Giving Focus: science, human rights, youth

5-Year Total: $1.6 billion

Net Worth: n/a

| Hansjoerg Wyss

Giving Focus: environment, science

5-Year Total: $1.55 billion

Net Worth: $6.3 billion

| Pierre Omidyar

Giving Focus: poverty alleviation, human rights, disaster relief, education

5-Year Total: $1.4 billion

Net Worth: $13.3 billion

10 | Gordon & Betty Moore

Giving Focus: science, environment, education

5-Year Total: $1.4 billion

Net Worth: $11.8 billion

11 | John & Laura Arnold

Giving Focus: education, criminal justice, health

5-Year Total: $1.2 billion

Net Worth: $3.3 billion

12 | Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

Giving Focus: science, education, criminal justice

5-Year Total: $1 billion

Net Worth: $81.8 billion

13 | Julian Robertson Jr.

Giving Focus: environment, education, medical research

5-Year Total: $881 million

Net Worth: $4.4 billion

14 | Eli & Edythe Broad

Giving Focus: education, arts, science

5-Year Total: $816 million

Net Worth: $6.8 billion

15 | Charles Koch

Giving Focus: education

5-Year Total: $797 million

Net Worth: $42.8 billion

16 | Paul Allen

Giving Focus: conservation, science

5-Year Total: $720 million

Net Worth: $20.3 billion

17 | Lynn & Stacy Schusterman

Giving Focus: education, Jewish causes

5-Year Total: $713 million

Net Worth: $3.4 billion

18 Dustin Moskovitz & Cari Tuna

Giving Focus: health, science, criminal justice

5-Year Total: $705 million

Net Worth: $13.5 billion

19 | Ken Griffin

Giving Focus: education, arts, science

5-Year Total: $620 million

Net Worth: $13.1 billion

20 | Michael & Susan Dell

Giving Focus: poverty alleviation, education

5-Year Total: $614 million

Net Worth: $31.5 billion

21 | Bernard & Billi Marcus

Giving Focus: health, science, veterans

5-Year Total: $588 million

Net Worth: $6.4 billion

22 | Ray & Barbara Dalio

Giving Focus: education, environment, health

5-Year Total: $576 million

Net Worth: $18.7 billion

23 | W. Barron Hilton

Giving Focus: Catholic Sisters, disaster relief, foster youth

5-Year Total: $545 million

Net Worth: n/a

24 | Phil Knight

Giving Focus: education

5-Year Total: $533 million

Net Worth: $41 billion

25 | DeVos Family

Giving Focus: education, arts, health

5-Year Total: $529 million

Net Worth: n/a

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