Top Ten Philanthropists of India


Top Indian CEOs have been known to be extremely generous when it comes to giving to charitable causes. Here’s taking a look at 10 of the high profile philanthropists in India.

10.Ravi Pillai

Ravi Pillai is the Chairman and MD, RP Group of Companies.

Ravi Pillai migrated to the Middle East and got into construction. His RP Group derives more than three-fourths of its $4.3 billion (revenues) from construction firm Nasser S. Al-Hajri corp., named after his local Bahrain partner.


Pillai is ranked 10th in “Top 10 Contributors to Charity” list conducted by Hurun Report.

He donated an amount of Rs.145 Crore for the development of education, women welfare and health care.

9.Senapathy Gopalakrishnan

Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, is the executive vice chairman (former co-chairman) of Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company. He is also one of its seven founders.

Kris GopalakrishnanSourceWiki

Kris has contributed Rs. 255 Crore (40 Million USD) to the Pure Sciences to develop a Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It’s also one of the single-largest donations the 105-year-old institute has received from an individual.

8.Ronnie Screwvala

Ronnie Screwvala is an Indian entrepreneur. He was the founder and CEO of UTV Group which was founded in the year 1990. Screwvala was the Managing Director of Disney- UTV India, Managing Trustee of the Swades Foundation and Founder & Advisor: at Unilazer Ventures Ltd., (a privately held PE/VC & Business Company). He has also founded UEducation Pvt. Ltd., an online education company.Ronnie

He and his spouse Zarina Screwvala together contributed a total sum of Rs.350 Crore.

7.Kavitark R Shriram

K R Shriram is a former board member of Google and one of the first investors in Google. He earlier served as an officer of working for Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO.


He donated a sum of Rs.377 crore for the upliftment of poor and healthcare.

6.Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is an Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. He was the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). After a successful career at Infosys, he headed the Government of India’s technology committee,TAGUP.


He donated a sum of Rs.498 crore along with his wife Rohini Nilekani, for proper water and education.

5.Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s second most valuable company by market value.


Though he is ranked 5th in the list, Ambani actively participates in social activities along with his wife Neeta Ambani. They donated an amount of Rs.603 crore.

4.Ratan Tata

He was the chairman of Tata Group from 1991-2012.He stepped down as the chairman of Tata Group, but continues as the chairman of the Group’s charitable trusts.

Ratan TataSourceHindu

He donated an amount of Rs.620 crore for electricity, housing and healthcare.

3.Shiv Nadar

Shiv Nadar  is an Indian industrialist and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

Nadar takes active role in the college activities including gifting of Rs. 1 million worth of HCL shares to the college. In 2006, Nadar announced that the college will promote research apart from ensuring that students benefit from foreign university tie-ups.


He donated a share of Rs.1,136 crore only for the purpose of Education.

2.Anil Agarwal

Anil Agarwal is the founder and Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc., which he controls through Volcan Investments, a holding vehicle with a 61.7% stake in the business.

In the financial year 2013-14, the Vedanta group companies and the Vedanta foundation invested US$49.0 million in building hospitals, schools and infrastructure, conserving the environment and funding community programs that improve health, education and livelihood of over 4.1 million people.


Anil Agarwal was ranked second in Hurun India Philanthropy List 2014 for his personal donation of Rs.1,796 crore.

1.Azim Premji

Premji, who is chairman of Wipro and the third richest Indian, donated $2 billion from his estimated $18 billion net worth towards education in India. He donated the chunk to the Azim Pemji Foundation that works towards educating children in rural India. This is by far the biggest act of philanthropy by an Indian.

Azim PremjiSourceAmagazine

He donated a whooping sum of Rs.12,316 Crore  for education and health care.