Who: Forbes Asia’s list of philanthropists
What: Featured seven Indians
Forbes on 27 August 2015 released 9th edition of the Forbes Asia’s list of philanthropists. The list includes 40 names of philanthropists from 13 countries of the Asia-Pacific region for their noteworthy contributions.
Forbes list of 40 peoples features philanthropists who made news with their donations in the past year, but it also recognizes people who have compiled a long record of supporting worthy causes.
Among the 40 names, the list of philanthropists in the year 2015 includes a name of a philanthropist from Nepal for the first time.
Further, the list also includes names of seven Indians and they are
• Infosys co-founders Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekaniand SD Shibulal were named for their individual contributions to health and education sectors.
• Rohan, son of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, also feature in the list. He donated 5.2 million US dollars to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics. He represents his father as a philanthropist.
• Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey featured in the list. He in July 2015 was in news for his pledge to donate half his fortune worth 2.25 billion US dollars as charity in response to the Giving Pledge Initiative, led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Based in Dubai, Varkey is the founder of GEMS Education, a chain of 70 private schools in 14 countries. He has already been featured in Forbes’ list of top Indian philanthropists.
• Two India-born brothers Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan were named in the list. Both are London-based entrepreneurs and are founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London’s Saville Row.