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Azim Premji is the most generous Indian for third year running

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Last updated on: January 08, 2016 18:56 IST
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He is followed by Nandan Nilekani and Narayan Murthy in Hurun India Philanthropy List

Azim Premji, who donated Rs 27,514 crore (Rs 275.14 billion) for education is the 'Most Generous Indian' for the third year running followed by Nandan Nilekani and Narayana Murthy in the second and third place, respectively.

As per the Hurun India Philanthropy List, which is a ranking of the most generous individuals from India, 70-year old Azim Hashim Premji was named as the most generous Indian as he donated Rs 27,514 crore for education.

The Azim Premji foundation is working for empowering education in India. The foundation works in eight states and has more than 350,000 schools.

Nandan, Rohini Nilekani and family came in second with a donation of Rs 2,404 crore (Rs 24.04 billion), towards the cause of urban governance, public policy and education while Narayana Murthy and family donated Rs 1,322 crore (Rs 13.22 billion) for encouraging entrepreneurship, social development and education.

10 most generous Indians
Rank   Name Amount

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro.


Rs 27,514 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Nandan Nilekani, co-founder
of Infosys and former
chairman of the Unique
Identification Authority
of India.


Rs 2,404 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana
Murthy, co-founder of Infosys.


Rs 1,322 crore
Rank   Name Amount

K Dinesh, co-founder, Infosys,
is now a full-time philanthropist.


Rs 1,238 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Shiv Nadar, founder and chairman
of HCL and the Shiv Nadar


Rs 535 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani,
chairman, managing
director, Reliance Industries.


Rs 345 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Sunny Varkey, education entrepreneur
and education philanthropist. He is
based in Dubai.


Rs 326 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala,
founder and CEO of UTV Group.


Rs 158 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Rahul Bajaj, chairman of Indian
conglomerate Bajaj Group.


Rs 139 crore
Rank   Name Amount

Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, chairman
of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.


Rs 96 crore

The donations were measured by the value of their cash or cash equivalent from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015.

As per Hurun Research, there were 36 individuals, down from 50 in 2014, who donated Rs 10 crore or more. Interestingly, there were 12 new entrants and 26 drop outs.

With a donation of Rs 35 crore, Rohan Murthy (32) of Infosys is the youngest philanthropist on the list; oldest being Pallonji Mistry (86) of Shapoorji Pallonji who donated Rs 96 crore.

According to Charity Aid Foundation UK, as per the World Giving Index, India came down in its ranking from 93rd in 2013 to 106 in 2014, demonstrating an overall reduction in Indian philanthropy.

"Despite weak corporate earnings in 2015 compared to last year, the increasing speed of wealth creation seems to promise a bright future for Indian philanthropy", Hurun Report India business head Anas Rahman Junaid said.

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