Singapore, June 23 : Indian business tycoons Shiv Nadar and Azim Premji have made into Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy list for providing poor children access to education, which has been a top priority for other philanthropists from the country as well.
Billionaire Shiv Nadar of HCL Technologies takes the brightest children from the poorest villages of rural India and sends them to boarding school.
India’s biggest philanthropist Azim Premji of Wipro, transferred nearly two billion dollars of his wealth last December to an irrevocable trust that focuses on education and children’s health and nutrition.
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi leverages on his star power to give back through his foundation. The 34-year old has donated three million dollars to date and helped raise 25 million dollars to support education, health and disaster relief.
Forbes Asia today announced its Heroes of Philanthropy list for the fourth year running. The list shines the spotlight on some of Asia Pacific’s high-profile and interesting givers to society.
Four philanthropists were picked from each of the 12 markets in the region, making it a total of 48 being celebrated this year.
“Some are big tycoons, even billionaires, who have a large vision of how best to help society and have donated millions of dollars to back up that vision. Others are little known citizens who are extremely generous with their limited funds.
“Our goal is not to rank the biggest givers by dollar amounts or percentage of assets, those figures would be impossible to collect. Instead, the aim is to call attention to a mix of notable people and causes throughout the region, and to encourage more giving,” explained John Koppisch, Senior Editor, Forbes Asia.
Among the other prominent givers on the list is Hong Kong celebrity, Jackie Chan.
The 57-year old action star used his fame to transform himself into one of Asia’s premier philanthropists.
The Heroes of Philanthropy list selects four philanthropists each from Australia,hina, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Southorea, Taiwan and Thailand. (ANI)