Lucknow boy Manoj among world’s top charitable billionaires
Lucknow: Following the footsteps of likes of Zuckerberg and Bill Gates in the field of philanthropy, a Lucknow boy Manoj Bhargava has registered his name among the top 11 charitable billionaires of the world.
Manoj, grew up in a two-storey house off a busy road in Khayali Ganj area of the city surrounded by small-time vendors in very early stages of his life, rose to become top rating businessman having founded '5-hour energy' company in America manufacturing energy shot tablets.After having studied in Lucknow's Mahanagar Boys’ High School and later in Woodstock School of Mussoorie, his family left for United States of America 1967.
Bhargava today stands at ninth position in the list of world’s top 11 charitable billionares with net worth of $4 billion and has already pledged to donate 99 per cent of his fortune to the charity.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the world’s most popular social media site, ‘Facebook’ has also announced to create a limited liability company to give away $45 billion in Facebook shares to personalized learning initiatives, curing disease and building strong communities. His net Worth is $35.7
Warren Buffett, the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway with a net worth of $48.6 billion has already contributed $25.5 billion to charity. Buffett is the world’s most successful financial investor who is ranked as the world's richest man.
George Soros, Founder of Soros Fund Management with his company having a net worth of $24 billion has also given away an amount of $11 billion to charity till date. He has been involved in various charitable organizations.
Azim Premji, an Indian IT entrepreneur and the owner of 'Wipro' which has a net worth of $15.9 has donated $8 billion to charity till date. His foundation ‘Azim Premji Foundation,’ is primarily concerned with causes related to universal education and advocacy in his home country.
Chuck Feeney, the co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group with a net worth of $6 billion has contributed $1.5 billion to charity. His became billionaire after building a global duty-free store empire.
Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, co-founder of ‘Al Rajhi Bank’ which is Saudi Arabia’s grandest bank has already given away almost three-quarters of his wealth, i.e. $5.5 billion to anti-hunger and education initiatives in his native country. His net worth is $2.1 billion.
Gordon Moore, Co-Founder of Intel Corporation, with a net worth of $6 billion has donated away $5 billion till date.
Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayor has his business at a net worth of $40.9 billion and he has given away $3.3 billion to charity till date.
Larry Ellison, world’s fifth-richest man and the founder of Software Development Laboratories, the company that became ‘Oracle Corporation’, in 1977 has also pledged to contribute his 95 per cent of his wealth. He has donated $500 million till date.