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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

Age: 58

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

Also Ranked

#32 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#54 on The Best Singers of All Time

#22 on The Best Current Female Singers

#24 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

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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#79 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#32 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#24 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#8 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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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

Age: 48

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

#36 on The Best Current Female Singers

#30 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

Age: 36

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta

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

#48 on The Best Reality Show Judges

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