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List of Famous Philanthropists

List of famous philanthropists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top philanthropists in the world? This includes the most prominent philanthropists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable philanthropists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic philanthropists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned philanthropists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known philanthropists to the lesser known philanthropists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the philanthropist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous philanthropists ever?" and "What are the names of famous philanthropists?" then you're in the right place. (538 items)

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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records, and released her debut ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Music artist + 2 more
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, The Smurfs, The Muppets, The Smurfs 2, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon + 14 more
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    Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter + 13 more
    • Credits: Antz, Ice Age: Continental Drift, American Idol, Out of Sight, Anaconda + 42 more
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    Eva Jacqueline Longoria is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. Longoria's career began in 1998, when she won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, and later began entering talent contests that led her to Los Angeles; shortly after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor + 4 more
    • Credits: Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, The Heartbreak Kid, Arthur Christmas, The Young and the Restless + 26 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 5 more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita + 23 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter + 9 more
    • Credits: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Love Guru, State Property 2, Cruel Summer + 6 more
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    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor + 3 more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted + 6 more
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    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model + 3 more
    • Credits: The Voice, Love in the Time of Cholera, Shakira: Live and Off the Record, El Club de Los Tigritos, Shakira: Laundry Service - Washed and Dried + 1 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor + 4 more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler + 41 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter, Film Producer + 9 more
    • Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Bio-Dome, Street Fighter, San Andreas, Holy Motors + 12 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Comedian, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 3 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cars, Road to Perdition, Cool Hand Luke + 83 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Television presenter, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer + 1 more
    • Credits: Freddy vs. Jason, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Seat Filler, Think Like A Man + 8 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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor + 3 more
    • Credits: The Faculty, She's All That, The Voice, Killers, Scary Movie 5 + 13 more
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    Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Covington, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Philanthropist
    • Credits: Lost, The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, The Rules of Attraction, Octane + 23 more
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    Charles Robert Redford Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer + 3 more
    • Credits: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Out of Africa + 72 more
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    Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer, Philanthropist, Social activist
    • Credits: The Greatest, Freedom Road, Muhammad Ali Tribute - Celebrity Fight Night & Fighting Irishmen, I Am Ali
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono + 8 more
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