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List of famous female philanthropists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female philanthropists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being philanthropists. There are thousand of females working as philanthropists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic philanthropists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a philanthropist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like CeCe Winans and Drue Heinz.

While this isn't a list of all female philanthropists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female philanthropists?" and "Who are the best female philanthropists?"
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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#10 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#51 on The Best Singers of All Time

#22 on The Best Current Female Singers

#19 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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#28 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#36 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#12 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#6 on The Most Powerful People on Twitter

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Appearing in the series for two years, Minogue's character ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter Film Producer, + more

Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Holy Motors, Neighbours, San Andreas

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#65 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#47 on The Best Current Female Singers

#21 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#31 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During their hiatus, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply ...more

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Television presenter, Songwriter, Model, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: The Concert for New York City, The X Factor, Hitch, The X Factor

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#83 on The Best Current Female Singers

#89 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#54 on The Best Reality Show Judges

#23 on The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the radio, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Porter Wagoner Show, Transamerica, Moulin Rouge!, Sweet Home Alabama

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#70 on The Best Singers of All Time

#42 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#11 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#30 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell is an English pop singer-songwriter, clothes designer, author and actress. Halliwell came to international prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of girl group the Spice Girls. On 27 May 1998, Halliwell left the Spice Girls due to depression and ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Watford, United Kingdom

Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Model, + more

Credits: Bridget Jones's Diary, Geri Yoga, American Reunion, Geri Body Yoga

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#74 on The Best Reality Show Judges

#3 on The Sportiest Spice Girls (Other Than Sporty Spice)

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is an Anglo-Irish-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, and films. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention. Lansbury was born in central London to ...more

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Age: 90

Birthplace: Poplar, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting Singer, + more

Credits: Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast, Bedknobs and Broomsticks The Manchurian Candidate

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#60 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#4 on The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

#10 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#12 on The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Philanthropists
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Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Credits: The Help, Bad Boys II, Precious, Death Race

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#49 on The Best Current Female Singers

#73 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#61 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#48 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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