* 48 Heroes of Philanthropy


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!

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* 48 Heroes of Philanthropy

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 …