Seven Indians feature in Forbes Asia’s ninth Heroes of Philanthropy list, highlighting most noteworthy contributions to philanthropy from 13 countries across Asia Pacific.
Of them, four are co-founders of Infosys, one of India’s largest information technology (IT) services companies.
Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey, who in June pledged about half of his USD 2.25 billion dollar fortune to charity as part of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet-led Giving Pledge initiative, tops the list of philanthropists in the region. Dubai-based Sunny is the founder of GEMS Education, a chain of 70 private schools in 14 counties.
Infosys co-founders Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekani and S.D Shibulal feature on the list for their individual contributions to the health and education sectors.
Another Infosys co-founder N.R Narayana Murthy’s son Rohan is on the list for donating a whopping USD 5.2 million to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics. He represents his father N.R Narayana Murthy as a philanthropist.
The other two Indian philanthropists are brothers Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan, both London-based entrepreneurs and founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London’s Saville Row. The brothers donated USD 3 million for training of more than 4,000 people in tailoring across India. Beneficiaries include the 2004 tsunami victims and “ill-fated” women.