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Famous Male Philanthropists

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List of famous male philanthropists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male philanthropists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being philanthropists. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a philanthropist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing has a variety of people, like Lee Iacocca and Julius Rosenwald, in it.

While this isn't a list of all male philanthropists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male philanthropists?" and "Who are the best male philanthropists?"


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    Mark Zuckerberg
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    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc. in April 2013. and his personal wealth, as of March 2015, is ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Kanye West
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    Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Love Guru, State Property 2, Cruel Summer, + more
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    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Comedian, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: I Love the '90s, John Mayer Has a TV Show
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    Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)
    • Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Racing driver, + more
    • Credits: The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars, Road to Perdition, Cool Hand Luke, + more
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    Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur, Financier
    • Credits: Buffett & Gates Go Back to School
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    Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono, + more
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    Michael Bloomberg
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    Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with his first election in 2001. With a net worth of $36.5 billion, he is the 10th richest person in the United ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
    • Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur
    • Credits: New Year's Eve, Focus, The Gates, Holes in My Shoes
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    George Soros
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    George Soros is a Hungarian-born American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England" because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds, giving him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Analyst, Business magnate, Trader, Businessperson, Speculator, + more
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    Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network more popularly known as CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Gods and Generals, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder
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    John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. During his career, he has released two solo albums and twelve studio albums with his ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Perth Amboy, USA, New Jersey
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: U-571, Young Guns II, Pay It Forward, Cry Wolf, New Year's Eve, + more
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    Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Blackheath, London, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Casino Royale, Superman Returns, Around the World in 80 Days, Electric Dreams, Fuel, + more
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    David Rockefeller is an American banker and philanthropist who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He is the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and family patriarch since July 2004. Rockefeller is also the only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Businessperson, Banker
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    Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. Allen is the founder and ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Inspirations, The Blues, Me & Isaac Newton, Black Sky: The Race for Space
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    David Geffen
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    David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC Records in 1990. He was one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994. His donations to the David Geffen ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Beetlejuice
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    Jeff Gordon
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    Jeff Gordon is an American professional stock car racing driver and an actor.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Race car driver, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Cars 2, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Game Plan, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Taxi, + more
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    Sheldon Adelson
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    Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and is the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Real estate development, Entrepreneur
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    John D. Rockefeller
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    John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry, and along with other key contemporary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1839-1937)
    • Birthplace: Richford, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson
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    Cesar Millan
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    Cesar Millan, is a Mexican American self-taught dog trainer. He is widely known for his television series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, broadcast in more than eighty countries worldwide from 2004 to 2012. Prior to The Dog Whisperer series, Millan focused on rehabilitating especially aggressive dogs ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Mexico, Latin America, Culiacán, Americas, Sinaloa
    • Profession: Canine Professional, Author, Writer, Motivational speaker, Dog trainer, + more
    • Credits: Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Beethoven's Big Break
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    John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award. In 2007, Legend received the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prior to the release of Legend's ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Soul Men, Duets, Soundtrack for a Revolution, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, + more
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