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Famous Female Philanthropists

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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?"


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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: age 57
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita, + more
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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: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
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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 married ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Bio-Dome, Street Fighter, San Andreas, Holy Motors, + more
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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 Deep, ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    • Profession: Television presenter, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Freddy vs. Jason, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Seat Filler, Think Like A Man, + more
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    Dolly Parton
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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, her ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Gnomeo & Juliet, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, + more
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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 differences ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: England, Watford
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, + more
    • Credits: Crank: High Voltage, Spice World, The Fat Slags, You Lucky Dog, All American Girl, + more
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    Angela Lansbury
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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: age 90
    • Birthplace: Poplar, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Anastasia, The Last Unicorn, + more
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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: age 44
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Rock of Ages, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Black Nativity, Fade to Black, Mary J. Blige: Live From Los Angeles, + more
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    Alizée Jacotey, known professionally as Alizée, is a French singer, dancer and voice actress. She was born and raised in Ajaccio, Corsica. She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show, Graines de Star, in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
    • Profession: Socialite, Disc jockey, Singer, Dancer
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    Loretta Lynn
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    Loretta Lynn, is a multiple gold album American country music singer-songwriter whose work spans more than 50 years. She has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music.more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Coal Miner's Daughter, Nashville Rebel, The Nashville Sound, Johnny Cash's America, Loretta Lynn: In Concert, + more
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    Christy Ruth Walton is an American philanthropist. She is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. After John's death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of US$18.2 billion.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America
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    Shriya Saran
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    Shriya Saran, also known by the mononym Shriya, is an Indian film actress and model. She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi language films, as well as a few films in English and Kannada. Saran was born in Dehradun and spent most of her childhood in Haridwar. In 2001, her dance master gave ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: India, Dehradun
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Philanthropist
    • Credits: Saguni, Sivaji, Kanthaswamy, Baabul, Velayudham, + more
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    Alice Louise Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton. Her estimated net worth is US$34.3 billion, making her the third-richest woman in the world. As of ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States of America
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    Melinda French Gates, is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, where she was project manager for Microsoft Bob, Microsoft Encarta and Expedia.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson
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    Eva Perón
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    María Eva Duarte de Perón was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is usually referred to as Eva Perón, or by the affectionate Spanish language diminutive Evita. She was born in the village of Los Toldos in The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1919-1952)
    • Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
    • Profession: Politician, Actor
    • Credits: Circus Cavalcade, The Prodigal Woman, ¡Segundos afuera!, The Unhappiest Man in Town, Only the Valiant, + more
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    Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989 after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success she had a ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Political Activist
    • Credits: Urban Cowboy, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Country Bears, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, No Nukes, + more
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    Ana Patricia Botin is the the head of investment banking for Spain's largest bank, Banco Santander. She is the current chairman of Banesto and considered by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful women in the world. Botn is no newcomer to the banking world. Her father,Emilio Botn, and her ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Santander, Spain
    • Profession: Businessperson
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    Liliane Bettencourt
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    Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller, married name Bettencourt, is a French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L'Oréal and according to Forbes, she is the 10th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$ 40.8 billion.more

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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Businessperson
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    Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She started her career in 1983 as a dancer for hire and made regular appearances in the late 1980s on MTV's Club MTV. In 1990, she started her musical career as a backing vocalist. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 2000 was ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Little Man, Don't Stop Believing, Club MTV, Anastacia: Video Collection
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    Leonore Annenberg
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    Leonore Cohn Annenberg, also known as Lee Annenberg, was an American businesswoman, government official, and philanthropist, noted for serving as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1981 to 1982. Annenberg was married to Walter Annenberg, who was an Ambassador to the United Kingdom and newspaper ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1918-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Diplomat, Official, Philanthropist

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