From helping earthquake victims to sending poor kids to college, they’re boosting the region in many ways.
We pick 48 givers, 4 from each of 12 countries. Some are big tycoons, even billionaires, who have a large vision of how best to help society and have donated millions of dollars to back up that vision. Others are little-known citizens who are extremely generous with their limited funds … MORE
Written by several Forbes contributors, including me.
Washington SyCip attended Philippine public schools when they were among the best in Asia. Now nearly 90, he’s working to make them good again.
By Susan J. Cunningham
Milwida Guevara didn’t know Washington SyCip when he turned up at her foundation’s launch in Manila in 2002. She had started the Synergeia Foundation to help keep poor children in grade school. “Our dream, really, was to give every Filipino child a decent opportunity to have a grade six education,” she says. The statistics were grim … MORE
The global financial crisis is hammering fortunes all over Asia, but the past year was still a good one for philanthropy as tycoons and more modest donors tried to maintain their charity commitments …
I was a contributor to this annual list of philanthropists in Asia in the March 12 issue of Forbes Asia magazine. I didn’t compile the whole thing!
I researched the Philippine and Thai philanthropists for this 2008 Forbes Asia feature. Finding Filipinos is easy. Thais … not so much.
Great fortunes are being made in Asia, and those fortunes are increasingly earmarked for philanthropy. Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing has pledged to leave one-third of his $32 billion fortune to charity. Anil Agarwal has committed $1 billion toward creating a new university in India. Yang Huiyan, China’s richest person …