Peter Hall 55
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Hunter Hall
The founder of one of Australia’s largest ethical fund managers donates 5% of his firm’s profits and up to 25% of his personal income each year to causes such as environmental and animal-protection charities. He’s a director of the International Rhino Foundation and works to save the Javan and Sumatran rhinos from extinction. Altogether he’s given almost $20 million to ocean conservation, antiwhaling activism and animal welfare over many years of philanthropy.
The son of an Australian diplomat, Hall grew up in Thailand, Pakistan, Canada, France and England. His passion for animals and the environment started early: At age 5 he saw animals being herded along a Karachi street for religious sacrifice, and at 10 he was struck by a Time magazine photo essay on U.S. nuclear tests on Alaska’s Amchitka Island. He also developed an early interest in the stock market, after buying a secondhand book on investing.
Back in Sydney, he founded Hunter Hall in 1993 to invest in global companies that he believes do not harm people, animals or the environment. “With money comes responsibility,” he says. “Money enables creativity and should be used to help others and make things happen.”
Paul Little 68
Chairman, Little Group
Chairman, Little Foundation
This husband and wife donated $10 million to the University of Melbourne last November to boost the teaching of history.
Ralph Sarich 77
Founder & Owner,
Cape Bouvard Investments
His Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute opens this year, thanks to his $20 million donation 8 years ago–part of his family’s more than $70 million in grants over 20 years, mainly to medical research.
Li Defu 57
CHAIRMAN, YONGTAI VCANLAND HOLDING GROUP
Gave $15 million to health care causes last year, including to a charity that offers emergency relief for people with tumors and other hard-to-treat diseases.
Lu Zhiqiang 63
Founder & Chairman,
China Oceanwide Group
Donated $107 million in December to his alma mater, Fudan University, a record sum for the Shanghai institution, to encourage entrepreneurship, help poor students and foster talent among the faculty. He gave it $23 million earlier last year for a School of Economics building and an advanced institute of finance.
Pony Ma 44
Chairman & CEO,
Pledged 100 million shares of his Internet service provider–worth $2.3 billion–to the Tencent Foundation, which supports health care, environmental protection and new technology.
Wang Jianlin 61
Chairman, Wanda Group
He pledged $150 million to job creation, training and other assistance in a 5-year effort to lift up Danzhai County in Guizhou Province, a poor region in southern China.
Ke Xiping 56
Hengxing Gold Holding
Known as the most generous resident of his southern China hometown, Xiamen, he gave away roughly $5 million last year, partly to help lonely seniors in China and to fund education efforts.
Lui Che Woo 86
Founder, K. Wah Group &
Launched the annual Lui Che Woo Prize with a $1.2 billion endowment–winners get $2.6 million, based on their dedication to “the nurturing and enrichment of world civilization.”
Founder & CEO,
Biel Crystal Manufactory
Donated $26 million last September to City University of Hong Kong–the largest gift it’s ever received–for veterinary medicine research, student-exchange programs, professorships, and other projects.
Amit Chandra 48
CEO, Bain India
CEO, Jai Vakeel Foundation
Husband and wife give 75% of their earnings each year to causes from education to health care. He was one of the founding donors to Ashoka University and has funded a new children’s hospital in Mumbai that will be the country’s largest.
Vineet Nayar 54
Anupama Nayar 49
Adar Poonawalla 35
CEO, Serum Institute of India
Pledged $15 million last year to clean up Pune city, near Mumbai, where he lives, by collecting and processing garbage with a fleet of 50 trucks and a crew of 70 people.
Budi Hartono 76
Over the past 30 years his Djarum Foundation has donated to causes from heritage preservation to the arts, but especially education, where nearly 9,000 students at 100 universities have benefited.
Mien Rachman Uno 74
Founder, Mien R.
She started the foundation in 2000 to nurture entrepreneurs, focusing on students and
Ryoichi Jinnai 89
Consumer Lender Promise
In 15 years he’s put $650 million into improving the agricultural competitiveness of the northern island of Hokkaido, where he lives, and of Japan.
Yusaku Maezawa 40
Founder & CEO of Start Today, Parent Of Zozotown
In 2012 he set up the Contemporary Art Foundation, which awards grants to young artists and musicians nationwide. (In May he spent $98 million on contemporary art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.)
Ryotaro Sugi 71
Actor & Singer
He’s sponsored 100 poor Vietnamese children since 1988, helping to pay for tuition, expenses and treatment costs and donating millions to this and other causes.
Anne Eu 61
Chairman, Eu Yan Sang Malaysia
When not brainstorming on business strategies, this executive at Asia’s largest Chinese medicine company may be found using her management clout to organize a charity gala or find an ingenious way to support a worthy cause. Two years ago when Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing and she discovered that only passengers’ families would be compensated but not the crew’s, she started the Flagbearer Education Foundation and pledged $120,000 to support their children’s education. That year she also spent months organizing the Richard Clayderman charity event to raise $300,000 for cancer research and education through the Joseph William Yee Eu Foundation, named after her late husband.
Early this year she led a team of volunteers though the muddy, leech-infested rain forests of Sabah to donate water filters and rice cookers as part of the Roti 1Malaysia campaign. Each day the campaign’s volunteers, often students, pick up surplus food and goodies from 5-star hotel kitchens and give them to orphanages, old-age homes and refugee centers. She thought of the campaign while judging a hospitality award in 2011. She realized that 5-star hotels routinely threw away high-quality fresh foods because they produced too much. Why not feed the surplus to the needy and hungry instead? Today 24 5-star hotels and 7 bakeries are part of this food network. Every day 50 to 60 volunteers collect bread, croissants, cakes and pastries and distribute them in the Klang Valley. “Philanthropy is a mind-set,” she says. “It is not just about donating money. It is also about sharing ability and knowledge, raising awareness and pooling resources to better a particular condition for humanity. By involving the young, we are grooming their minds to be empathetic, caring and giving to become better future leaders.”
Lee Oi Hian 64
Kuala Lumpur Kepong
Sandra Lee 63
Husband and wife team pursue separate causes–his Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Foundation, named for his father, awards scholarships to 50-60 students a year; her training center rehabilitates physically and mentally challenged people.
Leong Hoy Kum 59
Group MD, Mah Sing Group
His Mah Sing Foundation has disbursed more than $2.5 million to educational initiatives from funding students to refurbishing classrooms, as well as for Nepal earthquake relief and other projects.
Stephen Tindall 65
Founder, The Warehouse, cofounder, The Tindall
Margaret Tindall 65
Cofounder, The Tindall Foundation
Their foundation has given away millions to support social services and initiatives that encourage enterprise and employment, restore ecologically sensitive areas and other projects.
Geronimo B. De Los Reyes, Jr. 80
Gateway Property Holdings
Started his namesake foundation in 1995 to provide scholarships and support faculty development and research. His GBR Museum exhibits photographs of the Philippine Revolution, the Filipino-American War and the country at the turn of the last century.
Anton Mari H. Lim 50
In 2010 he helped start the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation to build boats for children from the mangrove village of Layag-Layag, who had to swim to school. So far it’s built 1,045 boats, 5 schools and 2 dormitories, and 11,942 children have gained better access to school.
Robert Ng 64
Chairman, Sino Group
Set up the Ng Teng Fong Foundation in 2010, naming it for his father. Its largest donation, $92 million, went to rebuild a hospital in Jurong.
Tan Kheng Lian 81
Tan Chin Tuan Foundation
Daughter of the late OCBC chairman and philanthropist Tan Chin Tuan, she heads the family’s foundation, which has given tens of millions of dollars since its inception in 1976 to causes such as education, the arts and community development.
Lee Joon-Yong 77
Pledged all of his shares to the Tongil Nanum Fund, part of a foundation dedicated to the unification of the two Koreas. The shares, expected to be worth $175 million, will also be used to reunite separated families.
Lee Seung-Ung 74
Cho Jeng-Ja 72
Husband and wife from Gyeonggi Province donated $6.5 million worth of real estate, including three commercial buildings in Seoul, to science and tech university KAIST.
Park Cheol-Sang 31
While volunteering at welfare facilities on the outskirts of Daegu seven years ago he decided to donate 15% of his investment income each year. Money has gone toward nursery schools and to assist people from broken homes.
Charles C. Y. Chen 53
Chairman, Eyon Holding Group
His $5 million gift in 2013 to Taipei’s Fu Jen Catholic U. helped fund the construction of a 1,000-bed hospital that will open next year.
Terry Gou 65
Chairman & Ceo,
Hon Hai Precision
Donated $6 million in disaster relief after the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan in February and toppled a 17-story building in which 115 lives were lost. He pledged in 2013 to give away 90% of his wealth, which now totals $6 billion.
Harald Link 61
Chairman, B. Grimm Group
Through his privately held conglomerate and a family foundation he supports education, health care, wildlife conservation, the arts and equestrian sports in Thailand.
President & CEO,
Premier Group of Companies
He founded Yuvabadhana Foundation, which supports Thai students and teachers. His company funds the education of nearly 10,000 underprivileged children.-FORBES