The founder chairman of software exporting firm Wipro, Azim Premji has donated Rs 27 crore each day in FY21. He persistently retains the top philanthropist rank. He increased his donation by nearly a fourth during the pandemic as per the EdelgiveHurun India Philanthropy List 2021,
Azim Premji donated Rs 9,713 crore or Rs 27 crore a day which made him retain his top rank position among Indian philanthropists in FY21.
According to the EdelgiveHurun India Philanthropy List 2021, HCL’s Shiv Nadar is in the second position with a donation of Rs 1,263 crore towards social upliftment causes.
Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries, country’s richest is at the third on the list with Rs 577 crore of donation and he is followed by Kumar Mangalam Birla with Rs 377 crore of donation.
Gautam Adani, country’s second richest is at the eighth position on the donor list with a donation of Rs 130 crore towards disaster relief. Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani’s came at fifth position with a Rs 183 crore of donation with “societal thinking” being identified as the primary cause, most of the money is of this is going to fundamental aspects like education and healthcare because of the requirements on the ground. Nilekani has indeed made interesting contributions, and in 10 years, we will have broader civil society issues feature as primary causes,”
There are a few new entrants into the list, including Rakesh Jhunjunwala, the largest stocks investor, who donated a fourth of his overall earnings or Rs 50 crore in FY21 with efforts on education.
Former chairman of engineering major Larsen & Toubro, A M Naik, is at 11th position on the list with a donation of Rs 112 crore, it said, adding that he has pledged to give away 75 percent of his income for charitable purposes.
Others in the top ten donors include the Hinduja Family, Bajaj Family, Anil Agarwal, and the Burman family.
Nine women find their place in the list led by a Rs 69 crore donation by Rohini Nilekani of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies which is followed by Leena Gandhi Tewari of USV who donated Rs 24 crore, and Anu Aga of Thermax donated Rs 20 crore.
Based on the place of residence, Mumbai led with 31 percent of the list and was followed by New Delhi 17 percent and Bengaluru 10 percent.
The pharma industry has the largest number of philanthropists followed by automobile and auto components and software and services.
Source: Deccan Herald, The Indian Express