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4 Indians make it to the Forbes Asia philanthropy list

Last updated on: June 27, 2014 18:58 IST

Image: Rohini Nilekani.
Photographs: Courtesy, Arghyam

Four Indians, including Rohini Nilekani and Ajay Piramal, have made it to the latest annual Forbes list of 'Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia Pacific' among billionaires and business people.

The list, comprising 48 people, also includes four each from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Releasing the list, Forbes said that these 48 have contributed to the society with their ‘generosity’ and include billionaires as also the ‘less well-known business people’.

Let's take a look at the philanthropist in Asia.

Rohini Nilekani

Country: India

Age: 55

Listing Rohini Nilekani, wife of Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, as one of the notable altruists, Forbes said she has given away about $40 million over the years for philanthropy.

"She set up Arghyam, which supports projects to protect groundwater and improve sanitation in India. She has also donated funds from sale of her Infosys shares. . .," it added.

Wife of Nandan Nilekani, she is the founder of Arghyam that helps in preserving biodiversity and improving country’s laws.’

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Image: Ajay Piramal.
Photographs: Courtesy, Piramal Enterprises

Ajay Piramal

Country:  India

Age: 58

Ajay Piramal si the chairman of Piramal Enterprises. He is working towards improving healthcare deliver and providing clean water through its Piramal Foundation.

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Image: Desh Bandhu Gupta.
Photographs: Earthbillion/Wikimedia Commons

Desh Bandhu Gupta

Country: India

Age: 75

He is the founder and chairman of Lupin. Through his Desh Bandhu & Manju Gupta, he is working in Maharashtra’s Dhule district helping people living below poverty line. He aims to create a rural development model that can be scaled up and replicated across the country, states Forbes

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Image: Ashish Dhawan.
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Ashish Dhawan

Country: India

Age: 45

Youngest among the four Indians is 45-year Ashish Dhawan, a Harvard MBA and former Goldman Sachs banker.

Dhawan, who stepped down from private equity major ChrysCapital in 2012 to set up Central Square Foundation, has pledged $8.5 million to the foundation.

He has also donated $3.5 million to the newly established AshokaUniversity, which aims to provide a world-class, liberal arts education at an affordable cost.

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Image: Australia mining tycoon Andrew Forrest.
Photographs: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Andrew Forrest

Country: Australia

Age: 53

Andrew Forrest is chairman of Fortescue Metals Group. He has been donating millions to universities and has also started initiatives to end slavery. He, along with his wife, was the first Australian to sign the Giving Pledge.

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Image: Audette Exel (centre).
Photographs: Courtesy, ISIS Group

Audette Exel

Country: Australia

Age: 51

Audette is cofounder and CEO of ISIS, which help people in Asia and Africa in areas such as healthcare and education.

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Image: Clive Berghofer.
Photographs: Courtesy, Clive Berghofer

Clive Berghofer

Country: Australia

Age: 79

Clive Berghofer is the founder of Clive Berghofer Group. He has donated millions to medical institute for research on deadly diseases.

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Image: Australian Businessman and founder of Australia's Crown Ltd James Packer.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

James Packer

Country: Australia

Age: 46

James Packer is chairman of Crown Resorts. He contributes towards promoting arts in Australia.

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Photographs: Richter Frank-Jurgen/Wikimedia Commons

Chen Feng

Country: China

Age: 61

Chen Feng is chairman of HNA group. According to Forbes, through his company, Hainan Airlines, he donated $1.6 million last year to the UN World Food Programme.

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Image: Fan Jianchua.
Photographs: Courtesy, Jianchuan Museum

Fan Jianchua

Country: China

Age: 57

Fan Jianchua is the founder of Jianchuan Group. He is helping to preserve cultural Sino-Japanese War era buildings and things that were used in war such as pistols and grenade.

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Image: Yangzijiang Executive Chairman Ren Yuanlin speaks during an investors conference.
Photographs: Nicky Loh/Reuters

Ren Yuanlin

Country: China

Age: 61

Ren Yuanlin is the chairman of Yangzijiang Shipbuildingtaipei. He contributes significantly to help the growing elderly population.

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Image: Nellie Fong (centre) talks to an eye patient.
Photographs: Courtesy, Lifeline Express

Nellie Fong

Country: Hong Kong

Age: 65

Nellie Fong is the counder of Lifeline Express. The former chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers helps people in need to healthcare in rural China.

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Image: Dr. Tahir (L), Chairman and CEO of Indonesia's Mayapada Group, talks with Alan Quasha, Chairman and CEO of the U.S. Quadrant Management, during Forbes Global CEO Conference.
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

Tahir

Country: Indonesia

Age: 62

Tahir is the founder and chairman of Mayapada group that is working in area of healthcare.

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Image: Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani attends the eG8 forum in Paris.
Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Hiroshi Mikitani

Country: Japan

Age: 49

Hiroshi Mikitani is the chairman and CEO of Rakuten. The online retailing tycoon works in the area of education.

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Image: Kikka Hanazaw.
Photographs: Courtesy, Kikka Hanazaw Facebook Page

Kikka Hanazawa

Country: Japan

Age: 43

Kikka Hanazawa is the CEO of VPL, a women’s wear company. She has significantly contributed to help victims of earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Image: Soichiro Fukutake.
Photographs: Courtesy, Benesse Holdings

Soichiro Fukutake

Country: Japan

Age: 68

He is the chairman of Benesse Holdings. His Fukutake Foundation work in the area of arts.

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Image: Anthony F. Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, attends a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Photographs: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Anthony Fernandes

Country: Malaysia

Age: 50

He is the group CEO of AirAsia. His AirAsia Foundation helps provide jobs to farm workers and provides training to enhance job skills of poor.

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Image: Ninian Mogan Lourdenadin.
Photographs: Courtesy, Fiji Government

Ninian Mogan Lourdenadin

Country: Malaysia

Age: 60

He is the CEO of MBF Holdings and has contributed millions in charities in areas of education and health care for children, and for Hindu temples.

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Image: Angelo King.
Photographs: Courtesy, Angelo King Foundation

Angelo King

Coutnry: Philippines

Age: 87

Angelo King is the Chairman Emeritus of the Angelo King Foundation, which works in the areas of educational, cultural, health care and spiritual needs.

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Image: Enrique Razon, businessman and owner of casino operator Bloomberry Resorts.
Photographs: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

Enrique Razon Jr

Country: Philippines

Age: 54

He is Chairman & CEO of International Container Terminal Services. Through his ICTSI Foundation is working in the area of healthcare in storm-wracked SamarProvince.

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Jose Mari Albert

Country: Philippines

Age: 64

He is the cairman of iSport Life. Albert is working towards helping people suffering from typhoons by offering shelter, feeding programmes and feeding services.

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Image: Ricardo S. Po Sr.
Photographs: Courtesy, Century Pacific

Ricardo S. Po Sr.

Country: Philippines

Age: 83

His is the founder and chairman of Century Pacific Group. His CPG-RSPo Foundation aims at improving nutrition and alleviating hunger.

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Image: Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim (L) watches a soccer clinic for school children conducted at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
Photographs: Edgar Su/Reuters

Peter Lim

Country: Singapore

Age: 61

A former stockbroker that made his wealth by investing in oil giant Wilmar, Lim is donating heavily in religious studies.

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Image: Saw Swee Hock.
Photographs: Courtesy, National University of Singapore

Saw Swee Hock

Country: Singapore

Age: 83

Over a decade has given more than $30 million to universities in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and the U.K, according to Forbes.

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