The Most Generous Billionaires in America 2022

At the beginning of this year, Forbes published a list of the 25 most generous billionaires in America. These men and women have given away a total of $169 billion in their lifetimes, to fund various causes such as health care, education, and environmental conservation among others.

The majority of them have also signed the giving pledge, promising to give away more than half of their wealth in the course of their lifetimes. Warren Buffett leads the list with a lifetime giving of $46.1 billion. Some of the notable women on the list include MacKenzie Scott who has so far given away $8.61 billion.

I have compiled a list of the top 20 givers in America right now according to figures from Forbes. Keep reading to see the full list.

20. George Bruce Kaiser

Lifetime Giving: $1.56 Billion

Net Worth: $10.4 Billion

Source of Wealth: Banking, Oil, and gas

Age: 79

Donates Towards: Health, Education, and poverty eradication

He’s the 2nd wealthiest individual in the state of Oklahoma and one of the 20 most generous billionaires in America. George owns the George Kaiser Family Foundation which donates to several causes including childhood education and community health in his hometown of Tulsa.

Kaiser is one of the billionaires who have signed the Giving Pledge. He’s a part-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.

19. Donald Bren

Lifetime Giving: $1.63 Billion

Net Worth: $16.2 Billion

Source of Wealth: Real Estate

Age: 89

Donates Towards: Conservation and Education

Donald Bren is the country’s wealthiest billionaire in real estate. He has donated over $400 million to schools and universities in California.

Bren has also donated $100 million to Caltech’s space-based solar power project. Caltech is a science and engineering institute in California.

The billionaire has given away over 55,000 acres of land to be used as open space and protected parklands.

18. Pierre & Pam Omidyar

Lifetime Giving: $1.65 Billion

Net Worth: $17 Billion

Source of Wealth: PayPal, eBay

Age: 54

Donates Towards: Education, Poverty eradication, and Human rights causes

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Pierre is the founder of eBay. Together with his wife, Pam Omidyar, he founded the Omidyar Network through which the couple funds various philanthropic causes.

In October 2021, the network donated $10 million to organizations that hold companies accountable for their impact on society.

Pierre and Pam Omidyar have already signed the Giving Pledge.

17. Charles Koch

Lifetime Giving: $1.8 Billion

Net Worth: $54.6 Billion

Source of Wealth: Koch Industries

Age: 86

Donates Towards: Education, Poverty eradication, and Criminal justice

Charles Koch is the co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the country after Cargill. The billionaire donates to humanitarian courses through Stand Together, a group of non-profit organizations that focuses on education, poverty, criminal justice, and issues related to addiction.

Some of the non-profits in Stand Together include the Charles Koch Foundation and Café Momentum, a restaurant that provides a 12-month paid internship to teens leaving the juvenile justice system in Nashville, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Tennessee.

16. Jeff Bezos

Lifetime Giving: $2.1 Billion

Net Worth: $184.8 Billion

Source of Wealth: Amazon

Age: 58

Donates Towards: Education, Environment, homelessness

Jeff Bezos is best known as the founder of Amazon. He’s now the executive chairman of the giant tech company and is the world’s 2nd richest person. Bezos is also one of the most generous billionaires in America having given away a little over $2 billion.

In 2020, the billionaire founded the Bezos Academy . The academy is a group of tuition-free preschools for students from low-income families.

In 2021 Jeff Bezos announced a $1 billion donation to various causes including $400 million to environmental organizations and $100 million to nonprofits helping homeless families. The Obama Foundation also received $100 million.

In April 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the billionaire donated $100 million to food banks through Feeding America.

16. Steve and Connie Ballmer

Lifetime Giving: $2.1 Billion

Net Worth: $96.5 Billion

Source of Wealth: Microsoft

Age: 65

Donates Towards: Education, Economic Mobility

In 2014 The couple donated $50 million to the University of Oregon and $60 million to the department of computer science at Harvard University.

In 2021, the couple donated $400 million to nonprofits and pledged more than $200 million over the next 6 years through their Ballmer Group.

Steve Ballmer served as the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014.

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14. Lynn and Stacy Schusterman

Lifetime Giving: $2.15 Billion

Net Worth: $3.5 Billion

Source of Wealth: Investments, Oil & gas

Age: 83 (Lynn), 59 (Stacy)

Donates Towards: Education, gender equality

Lynn and Stacy Schusterman run the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. In 2021 the foundation donated $310 million directed towards gender, racial and economic equity initiatives.

Lynn is the wife of the late billionaire Charles Schusterman who made his fortune in the oil and gas industry. Stacy is Lynn’s daughter. Last year, the two donated $10 million to the Equality Can’t-Wait Challenge by Mackenzie Scott and Melinda Gates.

Lynn Schusterman is a member of the Giving Pledge.

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13. Denny Sanford

Lifetime Giving: $2.25 Billion

Net Worth: $3.4 Billion

Source of Wealth: Credit Cards, Banking

Age: 86

Donates Towards: Education, Healthcare

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Denny Sanford is a member of the Giving Pledge and has given over $2.25 billion in the course of his life which makes him one of the 20 most generous billionaires in America.

The billionaire’s donations are mainly focused on healthcare and education. He has donated $500 million to the Sanford College of Education at National University and $1.5 billion to the 46-hospital Sanford Health System.

Denny is the founder of First Premier Bank and the chairman and CEO of its holding firm, United National Corporation.

13. Michael & Susan Dell

Lifetime Giving: $2.25 Billion

Net Worth: $60.3 Billion

Source of Wealth: Dell Computers

Age: 56

Donates Towards: Education and Poverty alleviation

The couple runs the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation which they founded in 1999 to help children living in poor urban neighborhoods in the United States, South Africa, India among other countries.

The couple has so far donated $2.25 billion through their foundation. Last year it promised to give $38 million to build micro houses as well as over 1000 RVs for the homeless in Austin.

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11. Edythe Broad & Family

Lifetime Giving: $2.8 Billion

Net Worth: $6.9 Billion

Source of Wealth: Investments

Age: 86

Donates Towards: Education, science, arts

Part of the family’s $2.8 billion lifetime’s giving is a $600 million gift to the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center as well as a $136 million donation to facilitate Covid-19 testing for college students in the country and voter education.

The family signed the Giving Pledge, promising to give away 75% of their wealth. Edythe and her late husband Eli Broad created the Broad Foundations which includes The Broad Art Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

In 2018, Broad and her husband were named Distinguished Philanthropists at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

10. Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

Lifetime Giving: $3 Billion

Net Worth: $112.8 Billion

Source of Wealth: Facebook

Age: Mark (37), Chan (36)

Donates Towards: Education, health, science, criminal justice

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Mark and Chan run the Chan and Zuckerberg Initiative which they founded in 2015. The couple, which has signed the giving pledge has donated $3 billion through their foundation.

The two have pledged to transfer 99% of their Facebook shares in the course of their lifetimes to the Chan and Zuckerberg Initiative.

In 2021 the couple through their foundation pledged to donate $3.4 billion in a period of 10 years towards an initiative focused on measuring and analyzing biological processes in the human body.

9. Phil Knight

Lifetime Giving: $3.1 Billion

Net Worth: $54.8 Billion

Source of Wealth: Nike

Age: 83

Donates Towards: Education

Phil Knight’s giving has mainly been focusing on education with Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon Health & Science University benefiting the most.

In 2016, Phil donated $500 million to construct a new laboratory and science complex at the University of Oregon. In 2021 he pledged another $500 million for the expansion of the same.

He has given away an estimated $3.1 billion in the course of his life making him one of the most generous billionaires in America.

8. Jim & Marilyn Simons

Lifetime Giving: $3.3 Billion

Net Worth: $24.4 Billion

Source of Wealth: Hedge funds

Age: 83

Donates Towards: Education, STEM research

The former math professor Jim and his wife Marilyn run the Simons Foundation which they founded in 1994.

The foundation has donated to charitable organizations such as Math for America, The Autism Research Initiative, and The New York Genome Center.

One of the couple’s most notable donations towards education was the $150 million gift to Stony Brook University where Jim Simon got his first job.

7. Gordon & Betty Moore

Lifetime Giving: $5.5 Billion

Net Worth: $11.1 Billion

Source of Wealth: Intel

Age: 93

Donates Towards: Environment, Science

Gordon is the cofounder of Intel who served as the CEO of the company from 1979 to 1987 before becoming chairman.

In 2000 Gordon together with his wife founded the Moore foundation through which the couple has donated to various causes.

In 2021 the Moore foundation gave away more than $300 in grants and pledged to donate $5 billion in the next 10 years to support biodiversity.

6. Charles Feeney

Lifetime Giving: $8 Billion

Net Worth: $1.9 million

Source of Wealth: Duty Free Shoppers 

Age: 90

Donates Towards: Youth, science, human rights

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Charles is a former billionaire who’s only worth under $2 million now. The co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers wants to die broke and has given away most of his wealth.

Feeney has donated over $3.5 billion to support education including $1 billion to Cornell University where he studied.

Charles Feeney is a member of the Giving Pledge.

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5. MacKenzie Scott

Lifetime Giving: $8.61 Billion

Net Worth: $53.5 Billion

Source of Wealth: Amazon         

Age: 51

Donates Towards: Racial, economic, and gender equalities

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She’s one of the most generous women billionaires in America as of 2022. The former wife to Jeff Bezos owns a 4% stake in Amazon and is the 3rd richest woman in the U.S.

In 2020 MacKenzie donated a total of $5.8 billion to more than 700 charities, the highest donation by an individual in a year.

In June last year, the billionaire pledged $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. She signed the Giving Pledge in May 2019.

4. Michael Bloomberg

Lifetime Giving: $12.7 Billion

Net Worth: $70 Billion

Source of Wealth: Bloomberg LP

Age: 80

Donates Towards: Health, Climate change, Education, gender equality

Bloomberg became a member of the Giving Pledge in August 2010. In 2019 he gave away $3.3 billion, the highest amount of money donated by any philanthropist that year.

Last year, the former mayor of New York City donated $1.6 billion. He also pledged $750 million over the next 5 years to support charter schools.

In 2018 he pledged $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University and has spent over $1 billion in the last couple of years to control the use of tobacco.

3. George Soros

Lifetime Giving: $18.1 Billion

Net Worth: $8.6 Billion

Source of Wealth: Hedge funds

Age: 91

Donates Towards: Education, Democracy, Healthcare

He has donated slightly over $18 billion and is one of the most generous billionaires in America. Soros has been named by Forbes as “the most generous giver” having given away over 60% of his original net worth.

The billionaire runs the Open Society Foundations which has operations in more than 120 nations and supports education, public health, justice, and independent media causes around the globe.

In 2021, George Soros pledged $500 million to Bard College.

2. Bill Gates & Melinda French Gates

Lifetime Giving: $33.4 Billion

Net Worth: $133.3 Billion, $6.1 Billion (Melinda)

Source of Wealth: Microsoft

Age: 66 (Gates), Melinda (57)

Donates Towards: Poverty eradication, Health

Bill and Melinda Gates ended their 27-year marriage in 2021 although they still remain the co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which they founded in 2000.

The two alongside Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge in 2010. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $5.8 billion in 2020 some of which went to research and vaccines for Covid-19.

Also Read: Bill Gates Net Worth

1. Warren Buffett

Lifetime Giving: $46.1 Billion

Net Worth: $115.6 Billion

Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Age: 91

Donates Towards: Poverty eradication, health

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Warren Buffett is the most generous giver of all time. Being a member of the Giving Pledge, Buffett wants to give away 99% of his wealth.

A huge chunk of the $46 billion donated by the billionaire has gone to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 4 other charities run by members of his family.

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