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Time 100 List Features 12 Philanthropists

By Brian Walsh on May 3, 200717 Comments

Featuring a diverse assortment of international philanthropists, Time Magazine has included 12 "Power Givers" in the 2007 version of the TIME 100, the magazine’s choice for the 100 "men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world."

Included in the list:

  • Angelina Jolie, actress and adopter who gives away 1/3 of her income
  • Rania al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan who supports microlending and advocates for children
  • Yu Panglin, rated China’s top philanthropist who focuses on rural health care
  • Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud, of Saudia Arabia, who is trying to foster understanding of Islam
  • Sir John Templeton, who funds research into science and religion
  • Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong billionaire who has pledged 1/3 of his wealth to his foundation
  • Pierre & Pam Omidyar, founders of the Omidyar network
  • David Rockefeller, major supporter of the arts and scientific research
  • Gordon Moore, major supporter of conservation projects
  • George Soros, billionaire founder of the Open Society Institute
  • Bill & Melinda Gates, world’s richest couple also oversee world’s largest foundation
  • Anil Agarwal, supporter of University education in India

Who do you think is missing?  Who do you think shouldn’t be included? 

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  • Michael Roberts says:

    To whomever this may concern,
    Iam a blackman who needs help from anyone so i can get myself back on track with my family.I lost everything i had to do my work with because of thives.My truck /my tools etc.I cannot get no one to help me, so i decided to write this to anyone who might lend me around $20,000. After my business gets back on track i will personally refund this amount back. I know this is a long shot,(but what the heck) i’ll try anyway. My address is 79 Astor pl. Jersey City New, Jersey (201)985-8599 And my name is Michael Roberts. Can anyone who is a millionare or who has any heart PLEASE help me and my family? GOD will richly BLESS you in your doing so. Thank You for your COoperation

  • Michael Roberts says:

    I need help , Can anyone with money lend me $20,000 because crooks stole my truck and my tools. I live @ 79 Astor place Jersey CVity New Jersey 07304 (201)985-8599 Please if a millionare who cares about a black man who is out to do good with his family,and to others please respond.
    Thank You And GOD bless you all

  • R. A. M. says:

    I need assistance in paying off my mortgage which is currently $271,000. I refinanced after losing my job of over 11 years, and am currently employed part-time. I’m not sure for how long I can continue to do this (pay the mortgage on my wages). It has not destroyed me, but it is rather difficult, financially. Everyone says to go back to school, but as a single parent, who has the time and energy to focus on school? I take certification courses if I need to learn something for my job. I’m really trying, keeping my mindset as positive as I can, and being a good parent to my child. It’s just scary, you know. I just want this mortgage paid. I’m willing to volunteer my services to any program, whatever it takes. I’m a 9/11 survivor, I’m a mother, doing the best I can to get through each given day. Can you help me? I set my goals on home ownership by my 30th birthday, when I was 25. I accomplished it 2 months shy of my 30th birthday, now I want to set my goal to be debt free. I was doing decently, until I lost my job. Please let me know, whether your decision is Yes or No. Either way, I appreciate it even if all you do is read this letter. Thank you.
    R. A. M.

  • Vicki says:

    I am a recently divorced mother of 3 children. I have had the worst run of terrible luck and am looking for anyone to help me out. After my divorce we sold the house we owned together and lost on it but I managed to buy a house for my children and myself. Well 3 months ago I lost my job due to downsizing and have gone over 2 months now trying to fight for unemployment. I have a new job but not making nearly as much and working much more. I have a new boy friend and when my ex husband found this out he started trying to ruin my life. His family has money and he used this money to find all he could and hired a high priced lawyer to take my 3 children away from me. I have no money to get a lawyer to try to win them back and in the process I am losing my house which only helps him keep my children away. I raised the children pretty much on my own as my ex husband never had anything to do with them but now suddenly takes them away. To top this all off my current boyfriend was working to help me but because of an auto accident he had 6 years ago he is facing some severe health complications and is unable to work right now. He was not expected to live after his accident and was an experiment the way they put him back together and used mesh to close his abdomin up. It is a miracle he is alive and he is the best person I ever met always looking at the bright side even though he is constantly in pain. Well we are struggling to get my bills paid and save my house so I can get my children back and at the same time facing some medical bills that his insurance will not cover. If there is anyone out there with a big heart that would help please contact me. I know this all sounds crazy but I can prove it all true and that I am not just trying to get some free money. I am just at the end of my rope and do not know what to do. I want to be able to tell my kids yes mom is going to get you back home but I am losing all hope and sliding further behind. Please help. I have faith in mankind. VickiS.

  • Caren Rainey-Ward says:

    Got Lupus? Here’s how BBQ sauce can HELP..We just need other’s to believe in us, the way we do…
    Here’s my story… My sister Kim D. Young has been suffering with this autoimmune disorder since 1985. She has been told by doctor’s that there isn’t a cure and they actually know very little about this disease. Lupus can possibly run in our family. Kim & Keith have one daughter named Kimberlyn.
    Since 1985, my sister has had Diabetes 3 times, High/Low Blood Pressure, Heart Failure, 2 Strokes and 2 kidney Transplant. In 1993 Kim gave birth to her ONLY daughter Kimberlyn. Kimberlyn was born premature, weighing 3 pounds 3 ounces…
    In 1993, her doctor’s advised her to terminate her pregnancy, she was told that her baby wouldn’t make it and she was to continue with the pregnancy she would also die. Kim has always had respect for her doctor’s and took their advice very seriously.
    At this point of her life, she had GOD in her life and knew that if HE couldn’t do it know one else could. So she put her and the life of her daughters’ life in HIS hands. Kimberlyn was born on July 7,1993 her lungs were fully developed and the ONLY reason why Kimberlyn stay in the hospital for two additional weeks after she delivered was due to her weight. Kimberlyn is 15 years old, and she stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Kimberlyn has been tested for Lupus and the results have come back negative.
    Well, in 1995 Kim had Pneumonia and she was on a breathing machine and Dialysis at the same time. Once again the news wasn’t very good, her doctor told her husband to call our mother who was staying with Kimberlyn & Keith, to HELP while Kim was in the hosipatl. I remember the doctor had Keith call us and told us to come to the hospital if we wanted to see her alive for the last time. They wanted us to come right away because she didn’t have much time left. Our family and friends began to PRAY and PRAY and PRAY… The minutes felt like hours, the hours felt like days, the weeks felt like months, but through the grace of GOD, another miracle was preformed. She survived and came home from the hospital 3 months later…
    Our dad has created the best tasting BBQ sauce ever! And we’re outside every weekend grilling from a tent. Barbecuing chicken & ribs and links for our customer’s. We’ve been out there volunteering every weekend for almost a year. Kim’s dream is for our dad’s sauce to sold in every store’s, from the West Coast to the East Coast. We just want someone to financially back us or a Grocery store to market our sauce with the proceeds from the sell of his B.B.Q. sauce Kim would like to spear head an organization to HELP others’ who have or had loved ones like her that suffer from Lupus. Kim’s strong and she comes out to help at the tent when she can,but she’s motivated and she won’t quit until her “dreams” comes true…
    A sister that cares,

  • T.S. says:

    I’m just a hard working mom of two who is starting over, again. I only make minimum wage, and actually just recently was able to find employment. I have two children, one is disbabled. They are 14 and almost 10. We currently do not have a place of our own, but are staying with some friends. Times are tough I know for all. Just wondering if there is anyone who could give, or loan out enough money for us to get a home and furnishings. I gave everything we had to the Salvation Army when I had to leave the place we were in because I could not afford to move it. We are starting from scratch. If you think you could help, I promise I will do exactly what I say with the money…buy a home and furnishings. I can make a repayment plan with you too if that is what you would like. Consider me and my girls if you will. Thank you and God bless you.

  • gloria schaefer says:

    i cannot get a job… about to be homeless….i’m almost 60…don’t think i can make it….all i have left is my cat…i could be your mom or sister or aunt ..please think of that and help me…..

  • Grace says:

    I am senior citizen who desperately needs financial help before I lose my home of twenty eight years.
    You just never know how your like can change. In 1993 my husband was in a terrible truck accident. He was on the very top of his load when the fork lift driver was pushing his palets and on palet hit my husband and he was push to the pavement below. He crushed his back and one foot he also broke his arm. The doctors did the best they could. He has steel screws and metal pins holding every thing together. The doctors had to take bones from other parts of his body to replace the bones that were crushed. He will never be the same.
    I myself am very ill since 1986 I have a disease called Fibromyalgia this disease attacks all my muscles,tendons and nerves though out my whole body. I am in pain 24/7 all day and night and I am unable to work at all and I cannot get any benifits from the government. two years ago I have to cancel my health insurance. So if I were to have a flair up in my vital organs I am not able to go to the hospital or see any doctors.
    We own a 1993 van that needs so many repairs that we are unable to do at this time. My daughter has paid for many of the big repairs. Now she has a family of her own to worry about. She has done enough.
    We have worked hard all our lives and tried saving as much money as we could. We purchased two IRA’s that at this time are almost worthless. In order to pay our bills I have to take funds from our savings account which is almost depleted. I have no where and no one to turn to. I cannot believe at age 63 that I will become homeless. I need a God send. Everything I have stated is all the truth, I swear to God.

  • Grace Cruz says:

    I am in desperate financial need. I need a kind hearted person that can picture themselves in this same situation. I am trying to hang on. My health problems has even worsten because I worry all day and night. How am I going to survive without the help of a kind soul that has much more then myself. I need a God send. Grace

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  • sharon pochis says:

    I am a 53 year old woman. I have diabetes, bi-polar disorder and osteoarthritis. I am unable to work and have been trying to get disability to over 2 years. I am in an unhappy marriage of 10 years and want a divorce. I need glasses and dentures. Our home is a 1987 singlewide mobile home that is in need of repairs. I have no vehicle. I need money from any legal source so I can go my seperate way from my husband.
    I have worked all my life, have nothing to show for it because of bad choices and have no one to blame but myself.
    Just need a helping hand from someone with a big heart.
    Thanks in advance for any help or any advice.

  • Carlos says:

    I have just recently got separted from my marriage of 7 yrs. I have a 4 yrs son, moved out and I am playing for my house, which she and my son live in and as well as my rent on an apartment. The bills are adding up and I am requesting some financial help to pay off my personal debt. The debt was attributed from the adoption of my son and I cannot get ahead. I am hoping thee is a person who can please read my request and see in there heart to help my son and I. Thank you

  • Nellie says:

    To whom ever this may concern;
    Not sure if this is a waste of time as I do not even now who views it.
    Currently in these ruff economical times, it surely is a struggle for many, I am, along with my daughter, trying or I should say wanting to start a small construction business. Going through all of the steps to do this, we have found no way possible to start a business, although small without funds. When inquiring with the SBA no one ever said don’t try this until you have money to pay all the necessary insurance etc. Wow is all I have to say. It seemed like a great idea, with hopes of one day being able to employ some of the laid off worker in this country but how when you cannot even afford to start a business.
    What I am asking is, are funds/grants available through such charitable means or through Philanthropists. I am asking for help, rather it is financial or wisdom, as I see it, if those with great financial wealth could share some knowledge or money to a lady who would like to someday turn and help someone else.
    Much appreciated

  • Sara says:

    Great resource for people during times of financial hardship – People-helping-people website >>

  • Linda says:

    To whom it may concern:” I hope thre is someone with a deeply compassionate and caring heart out there that will help someone very dear to me. He’s been living with very serious health issues mainly his failing eye-sight for over 40yeears with severe pain thats almost unbearable,and he’s not able to work for quite some time. He has excellent,remarkably skilled talent in building homes,”incredible.” He’s gone through several surgeries but no one was able to help him. He needs help to save at least one eye. He found a doctor that will do the surgery, but financially he is drained and his resources are exausted from various circumstances, mainly medical. His wife is a sole supporter in the family but her health is failing due to an untreatable disease. She lives with a very painful,crippling and debilating health issue and don’t know how long she will be able to work. The children are all unemployed, the bills are pilling up. They can’t seem to get the help they desperately need. They are really destitude and can bearly afford to eat. I hope there’s someone out there with an honest,caring,generous and loving heart that will help him. He has the responsibilities of helping the family and can bearly see. The stress is not helping his condition, It’s really a hardship situation. We will be extremely grateful for your generosity. I appreciate your time in reading my letter and feel you will reply on his behalf. Thank You, A loving and caring Sister.

  • Linda says:

    To whom It May concern: This is a true life story. My brother has been suffering for over 40 years with unbareable excruciating pain, he had several surgery’s done and no one could help him. They have a need type of surgery that can save his eyesight. He located a doctor that will do the surgery, with success. However, he haas exhausted all resources with Medical insurance and financially he is drained from various circumstances. He hasn’t been able to work for quite sometime now. He has excellent,remarkably skilled talent in building homes,”Incredible.” His wife is a sole supporter in the family. Her health is failing due to very painful, crippling and debilating health issues. She really don’t know how long she will be able to work. The children are unemployed, the bills are piling up. They can’t seem to get the help they desperately need. They barely can afford to eat, a destitude situation. He has the responsibilities of helping the family in the condition he’s been in. All the stress is not helping him, it’s really a hardship and critical situation. I hope there’s someone out there with a caring, generous and loving heart that will help him. We will be extremly grateful for your generosity. I do appreciate you taking the tim to read my letter and feel You will reply on his behalf. Thank You, A loving and Caring Sister

  • Nancy Perry says:

    My house has extensive mold & mildew damage due to leaky roof. Have contacted every local and state organization for help, to no avail. Cannot afford to make repairs to roof and cannot expose my family to such dangerous conditions. Have 2 young kids and my husband suffers from Sarcoidosis. H/O insurance will only cover cost of paint and will only pay max $260. Forced to stay with relatives. Looking for contractor or any organization to help.

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