The ‘Forbes List’ does not need any introduction, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you are surely living under a shell or outside the stratosphere. This year in 2019, Mukesh Ambani topped the list as the Richest Indian in the World. However, as Indians and a conscious citizen, we would want to know who are the MOST Generous ones among the richest in India.
Fret Not ! Forbes also has a list of ‘Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy’, which features those Indians who use their Wealth for a larger and beneficial social cause. While some are committed to efforts in education and healthcare across the region.
Sunil Mittal :
Tycoon of Bharti Airtel, Sunil Mittal alongwith his brothers Rakesh and Rajan donated 10% of their wealth to their philanthropic entity, Bharti Foundation. These funds are being used to set up the Satya Bharti University, due to open in 2021. It will offer free tuition to the underprivileged and their foundation has so far provided free education to more than 45,000 children.
Nandan and Rohini Nilekani :
The power couple of Infosys and Arghyam donate 50% of their wealth to the ‘Giving Pledge’ foundation . Their past donations include $5 million to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai, which is also Nandan’s alma mater. Interestingly, $21.4 million has been furnished to Arghyam, which is a Water and sanitation solutions foundation set up by Rohini. Not only that , they have also set up the EkStep Foundation, a platform that has joint resources to advance literacy and knowledge.
The Chairman & Managing Director of Persistent Systems runs the $471 million Persistent Systems company. He is on a mission to convert job seekers into a more beneficial, job creators. Through his deAsra Foundation, he has assisted nearly 9,000 small businesses. Anand Deshpande has helped many entrepreneurs start, manage and successfully grow their business by offering a range of support services. His end goal is to support 25,000 enterprises by the year 2020.
This Forbes List of Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy was released 6 months back, and next year hopefully there will be more Remarkable and Generous Indians featured here.