7 Indians feature in Forbes Asia’s new list of philanthropists

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015,19:01 IST By metro vaartha A A A

Houston | Seven Indians, including three Infosys co-founders and a Dubai-based education entrepreneur, feature in the latest Forbes Asia edition in a new group of philanthropists from 13 countries for their noteworthy contributions. Infosys co-founders Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekani and SD Shibulal feature in the Forbes Asia’s 9th list of philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region for their individual contributions to health and education sectors.
Rohan, son of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, also feature in the list. He donated a whopping USD 5.2 million to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics. He represents his father as a philanthropist. Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey also features in the list. In June 2015, Varkey was in the news for his pledge to donate half his fortune worth USD 2.25 billion as charity in response to the Giving Pledge Initiative, led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
Based in Dubai, Varkey is the founder of GEMS Education, a chain of 70 private schools in 14 countries. He has already been featured in Forbes’ list of top Indian philanthropists. The two others are India-born brothers Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan. Both are London-based entrepreneurs and are founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London’s Saville Row.
Their’s is an exemplary case of Indian philanthropy, which is a whopping donation of USD 3 million for training of more than 4,000 people in tailoring across India. The people who benefited from their benevolence are the victims of the 2004 tsunami and ill-fated women.

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