The pandemic costed the world and India a huge economic shift, but the good news is that, post the pandemic wave, India stands third in the list of millioners after US and China. The net worth of our millioners is no doubt a huge boost to the Indian economy, but read below to find out, what they had in store for the philanthropic mission for India.
1. Azim Premji
The ‘czar of the Indian IT industry,’ Azim Premji tops the list with Rs 7,867 crore he donated for the cause of education and Rs 35 crore in environmental sustainability sectors.
2. Mukesh Ambani
Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani is the biggest donor for disaster relief and management giving away as much as Rs 261 crore. He also donated Rs 21 crore for sports development.
3. Anil Manibhai Naik
The Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited donated the most towards the healthcare industry worth Rs 76 crore.
4. Shiv Nadar
India’s third-richest man and the founder and chairman of HCL Technologies Shiv Nadar donated Rs 59 crore for rural transformation.
5. Hinduja Brothers
The four Hinduja brothers who run the Hinduja Group made a donation worth Rs 34 crore for water conservation.
6. Nandan Nilekani
The co-founder of Infosys and part of India’s most ambitious digital project Aadhaar has donated Rs 48 crore to help the think tanks in India and also Rs 95 crore for societal platforms.
7. Rahul Bajaj
The chairman of the Bajaj group was the biggest donor for livelihood enhancement and his donation was a reported Rs 22 crore.
8. Ajay Piramal
Ajay Piramal and family (Rs 200 crore) Net worth: Rs 420 crore Ajay Piramal chairs Piramal Enterprises, a conglomerate that specialises in pharma, healthcare, and financial services, participates in philanthropic activities through the Piramal Foundation, initiating projects in areas of healthcare, education, livelihood creation, and youth empowerment.
9. Adi Godrej
The 77-year-old businessman chairs Godrej Group and Indian School of Business since April 2011. His company supports the activities of World Wildlife Fund in India. The billionaires’ contribution towards social cause is noteworthy. In fact, 25 percent of the shares of the group is dedicated to its non-profit such as Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, the Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, and the Godrej Memorial Trust. The funds are spent on initiatives in education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability.
10. Yusuff Ali
The Kerala-born, UAE gold resident card holder Yusuff Ali is the Managing Director and Chairman of Lulu Group International. The retail business owns over 170 hypermarkets and shopping malls and employs the most number of Indians abroad. A Padma Shree awardee, 63-year-old Ali has generously contributed during natural disasters such as the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, Jammu and Kashmir floods in 2014, and others. The group also works with global philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares and has adopted schools in Gaza and Nepal.

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