Philanthropy 50: List of America’s top 50 donors of 2021

These are the donors who gave the most in 2021, according to the Philanthropy 50, an annual ranking compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy

ByThe Chronicle Of Philanthropy
February 08, 2022, 12:05 PM
FILE - Michael Bloomberg speaks during a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists at the Glasgow Science Center on the sidelines of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. A handful of Americans donated at
FILE - Michael Bloomberg speaks during a meeting with Earthshot prize winners and finalists at the Glasgow Science Center on the sidelines of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. A handful of Americans donated at least $1 billion to charity last year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of the 50 Americans who gave the most to charity in 2021. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and financial titan, gave $1.7 billion to the arts, education, the environment, and other causes. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File)
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These are the donors who gave the most in 2021, according to the Philanthropy 50, an annual ranking compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. A searchable database with more information on the donors and their beneficiaries is available at philanthropy.com.

1. Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates

Microsoft co-founder (Bill); founder of Pivotal Ventures investment firm (Melinda)

$15 billion

Biggest gift: $15 billion to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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2. Michael Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg financial-news company

$1.7 billion

Biggest gift: Various

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3.William Ackman and Neri Oxman

Pershing Square Capital Management founder and wife

$1.2 billion

Biggest gift: $1.2 billion to Pershing Square Foundation, Bill Ackman and Neri Oxman Foundation, and Oxman-Ackman Family Fund

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4. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Facebook co-founder (Mark) and pediatrician (Priscilla)

$1.05 billion

Biggest gift: $723 million to Chan Zuckerberg Donor Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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5. Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan

Google co-founder and wife

$816.1 million

Biggest gift: $464 million to Sergey Brin Family Foundation

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6. Jack Dorsey

Co-founder of Twitter and Block

$764.6 million

Biggest gift: $764.6 million to Jack Dorsey Donor Advised Fund at Fidelity Charitable and other DAFs

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7. Denny Sanford

Banker

$725 million

Biggest gift: $650 million to Sanford Health

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8. Phil and Penny Knight

Nike co-founder and wife

$700 million

Biggest gift: $500 million to University of Oregon

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9. Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder

$510.7 million

Biggest gift: $200 million to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

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10. Patrick and Shirley Ryan

Businessman and wife

$480 million

Biggest gift: $480 million to Northwestern University

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11. Eric and Wendy Schmidt

Former Google CEO and wife

$382.8 million

Biggest gift: $358.5 million to Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation

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12. Steve and Connie Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO and wife

$355.9 million

Biggest gift: $355.9 million to Ballmer Group Donor Advised Fund at Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

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13. Pierre and Pam Omidyar

Founder of eBay and wife

$332 million

Biggest gift: Various

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14. John and Laura Arnold

Retired hedge-fund manager (John) and former lawyer (Laura)

$270 million

Biggest gift: $270 million Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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15. Goodwin Family

Real-estate developers

$250 million

Biggest gift: $250 million to Break Through Cancer

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16. Charles Koch

Koch Industries chairman and CEO

$240.5 million

Biggest gift: $109 million to Stand Together Trust

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17. Sobrato Family

Real-estate developers

$212.1 million

Biggest gift: $162 million to Sobrato Family Foundation

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18. Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Qualcomm co-founder and wife

$209.9 million

Biggest gift: $100 million to Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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19. Jerome Richardson and Rosalind Sallenger Richardson

Businessman and wife

$150 million

Biggest gift: $150 million to Wofford College

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20. Jared and Monica Isaacman

Founder of Draken International and Shift4 Payments and wife

$145 million

$125 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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21. John and Tashia Morgridge

Chairman emeritus of Cisco Systems and wife

$135 million

Biggest gift: $135 million to University of Wisconsin at Madison

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22. Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang

Financier (Oscar) and archaeologist and art historian (Agnes)

$125 million

Biggest gift: $125 million to Metropolitan Museum of Art

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23. Daryl and Christine Burton

Real-estate developers

$123.9 million

Biggest gift: $123.9 million to Arizona Community Foundation

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24. William Miller III

Financier

$101.3 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to Johns Hopkins University and $50 million to Santa Fe Institute

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25. (tie) Mark and Robyn Jones

Insurance company founders

$101 million

Biggest gift: $101 million to Montana State U. College of Nursing

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25. (tie) Frank and Monica McCourt

Financier and wife

$101 million

Biggest gift: $100 million to Georgetown University

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27. (tie) Harry and Linda Fath

Businessman and wife

$100 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to Mercy Ships and $50 million to University of Notre Dame

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27. (tie) Penny Pritzker

Businesswoman

$100 million

Biggest gift: $100 million to Harvard University

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27. (tie) Arthur Riggs

Geneticist

$100 million

Biggest gift: $100 million to City of Hope

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27. (tie) Julian Robertson Jr.

Financier

$100 million

Biggest gift: $100 million to Robertson Foundation

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31. K. Lisa Yang

Former investment banker

$82 million

Biggest gift: $51.7 million to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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32. Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie

Benchmark Capital founder and wife

$80 million

Biggest gift: $80 million to Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

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33. Melanie Smith Taylor

Olympic gold medalist

$79.5 million

Biggest gift: $79.5 million to University of Tennessee at Martin

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34. (tie) James and Paula Crown

Henry Crown and Company president and wife

$75 million

Biggest gift: $75 million to University of Chicago

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34. (tie) Paul and Joyce Robsham

Real estate developers

$75 million

Biggest gift: $75 million to Boston College

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36. Austin Russell

Luminar Technologies founder

$70 million

Biggest gift: $70 million to Central Florida Foundation

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37. Robert and Karen Hale

Granite Telecommunications co-founder and wife

$63.1 million

Biggest gift: $30 million to Connecticut College

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38. Helene Houle

Businesswoman

$60 million

Biggest gift: $60 million to Mayo Clinic

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39. John and Carolyn Sonnentag

Business owners

$57 million

Biggest gift: $57 million to University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire Foundation

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40. Agnes Neill Williams

Lawyer

$56.5 million

Biggest gift: $24.3 million to College of the Holy Cross

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41. Arley Cathey

Businesman

$54.5 million

Biggest gift: $54.5 million to University of Chicago

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42. Peter and Stephanie Nolan

Financier and wife

$52.5 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to Cornell University

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43. Tessa Ader

Jewelry designer

$50.2 million

Biggest gift: $50.2 million to University of Virginia

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44. Richard and Nancy Kinder

Businessman and wife

$50.04 million

Biggest gift: $50.04 million to Kinder Foundation

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45. (tie) Donald and Andrea Friese

Businessman and wife

$50 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to Providence Tarzana Foundation

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45. (tie) Robert and Donna Manning

Financier and wife

$50 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to University of Massachusetts

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45. (tie) Paul and Cleo Schimmel

Biophysical chemist and wife

$50 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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45. (tie) Leonard Stern

Businesman

$50 million

Biggest gift: $50 million to New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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49. Charles (Buddy) Weill Jr.

Investor

$48.2 million

Biggest gift: $48.2 million to Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

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50. Doris Kelley Christopher

Businesswoman

$45 million

Biggest gift: $45 million to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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