The world’s biggest Jewish and Muslim philanthropists

Judaism and Islam – comparing the similarities between Judaism and Islam
  • Judaism Islam
  • March 8, 2014

More than half of world’s 20 biggest givers are either Jewish or Muslim. To many this is unsurprising as charity is the cornerstone of semitic culture, with both the Torah and Quran obligating Jews and Muslims to give generously to the needy.

1. Bill Gates ($28 billion)

2. Jewish: Warren Buffett

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Donations: $25 billion (30% of wealth)
Net worth: $58.2 billion

3. Jewish: George Soros

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Donations: $10 billion (30% of wealth)
Net worth: $23 billion

4. Muslim: Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi

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Donations: $6 billion? (76% of wealth)
Net worth: $1.9 billion

5. Gordon Moore ($5 billion)
6. Carlos Slim ($6 billion)

7. Jewish: George Kaiser

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Donations: $4 billion (30% of wealth)
Net worth: $10 billion

8. Jewish: Eli Broad

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Donations: $3.5 billion (34% of wealth)
Net worth: $6.9 billion

9. Muslim: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

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Donations: $2.4 billion (10% of wealth)
Net worth: $20.4 bn

10. Muslim: Azim Premji

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Donations: $2.1 billion (12% of wealth)
Net worth: $15.3 billion

11. Jewish: Michael Bloomberg

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Donations: $2.4 billion (7% of wealth)
Net worth: $33 billion

12. James Stowers ($2 billion)
13. Li Ka-shing ($1.6 billion)

14. Jewish: Herbert Sandler

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Donations: $1.5 billion (65% of wealth)
Net worth: $800 million

15. Ted Turner ($1.5 billion)
16. Paul Allen ($1.4 billion)
17. Dietmar Hopp ($1.25 billion)
18. Jon Huntsman ($1.25 billion)

19a. Jewish: Michael Dell

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Donations: $1.2 billion (6% of wealth)
Net worth: $17.5 billion

19b. Muslim: Pierre Omidyar

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Donations: $1.2 billion (11% of wealth)
Net worth: $8.2 billion

20. Muslim: Iskander Makhmudov

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Donations: Over $1 billion (14% of wealth)
Net worth: $6.1 billion

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