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List of Famous Philanthropists

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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.
Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Usher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Ian Somerhalder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Bono is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Philanthropists
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