Leaders in finance have some of the world's largest fortunes, but many are only now turning to large-scale giving and establishing major foundations. We are closely following emerging trends and key players in Wall Street philanthropy. Dig into the profiles below to see what we're learning. Also, an important note: while this landing page lists the wealth creators below, who are mainly male, their spouses are often the main leaders in family philanthropy, as the profiles explore.
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The Abelows support policy, arts and culture, the environment, Jewish causes, and education and youth.
Founder Abrams Capital. Funding interests include education and youth, arts and culture, Boston community, Jewish causes.
Ackman has stepped up his giving in recent years through his Pershing Square Foundation and gives for education, global development, human rights, and more.
Akre and family give through the Fagus Foundation, supporting human services, environment/animals, and global causes.
The Altman family has given millions to Tulane University. Other support has gone to health, human services, and Jewish causes.
Arnold left the hedge world behind at a young age and turned full-time to philanthropy with his wife, Laura, giving big to promote reform in a number of areas.
This longtime investment banker is passionate about art, and also supports education at all levels, health, the environment, global development and international causes.
Most giving has gone to alma maters and Jewish causes, but Aronson has also given to some environmental and health causes.
A major backer of International Rescue Committee, but has also supported education, health and the environment.
The Atchinson family supports education and youth, health, global health, and the Boston community.
Former Goldman Sachs partner and his wife Lezlie concentrate giving on prenatal and early childhood development in Los Angeles.
Mainly focused on environmental causes, and in particular, land trusts that prevent development in certain areas. He's also donated to educational and cultural institutions, and community organizations in New York City.
Founder Balyasny Asset Management. Funding areas: education and youth, policy, Jewish causes.
Baron saves his largest contributions for educational institutions and arts nonprofits, along with Jewish groups, but he gives out hundreds of small donations to a wide swath of nonprofits.
Becker's foundation funds educational, medical, and community organizations, many of them in the Jewish community, and largely in New York City and Boston.
The founder of Water Street Capital and his family fund programs in education and youth, arts and culture, the Florida community, and policy.
Berggruen's is modest so far, but he's is deeply involved in the arts and also committed to tackling governance challenges.
Founder Fairholme Fund, Fairholme Capital Management. Funding areas: education and medicine, arts and music, entrepreneurship and mentorship, Miami community.
Berylson philanthropy has mainly focused on education, with some health giving, while keeping his primary focus on outfits in the Northeast.
Giving has gone to education and youth, policy, arts and culture, health and human services, and Jewish causes. Strong support has gone to American Enterprise Institute, where Binder is a board member. Los Angeles and Massachusetts have been regions of focus.
This investor's charitable giving goes to universities and schools, community development, health research, and the NYC community.
A big backer of medical research, particularly focused on finding a cure for cancer, and also a supporter of major arts projects.
Has been stepping up giving since leaving office as Mayor of New York—for public health, the arts, climate change, and more.
The financier-husband of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has shown longterm loyalty to alma mater UC Berkeley, where his $15 million gift created the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies.
Alum of Goldman Sachs, Beacon Group and JPMorgan Chase. Funding areas include Catholic religious causes, education and youth, health and human services.
This mergers and acquisitions specialist keeps his philanthropy under the radar and concentrated in the Northeast, with grants going to education, the environment, arts and culture, and breast cancer research.
CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors gave $300 million to U. of Chicago, among other education support, as well as backing arts and culture causes, and conservation.
Grantmaking priorities are education, and scientific research. Within these focus areas, the foundation keys in on literacy, STEM, physical sciences, and medical research.
The Taconic Capital founder and his wife support education and youth, health and human services, global causes, and arts and culture.
Brown's foundation addresses needs in the areas of health, the arts, and K-12 education. The family's philanthropy is laser-focused on Maryland.
Chase and family are steady backers of right-of-center public policy work.
Brown has been a funder of higher education (his alma maters Harvard, Carnegie Mellon), STEM education, and health.
Buffett isn't a hands-on philanthropist, but his kids are, and the interesting story here is what that next generation is doing with the billions that Buffett isn't turning over to the Gates Foundation.
The Bunnings are major funders of food allergy research. Education is another interest, particularly in the Midwest.
Burbank's Passport Foundation has a particular focus on the environment, among other causes.
Founder of Yucaipa Companies investment firm. His funding interests include international relations, workers' rights, at-risk communities, arts and architecture, education and youth, science research.
Funding interests include education and youth, policy, arts and culture, health, human services. Cader is on the board of the Manhattan Institute, a policy and urban affairs think tank.
Founder of Madison Dearborn Partners investment firm and family are committed to helping women in need and others living in poverty, as well as the arts.
Founder of Carlson Capital. Funds education and youth, arts and culture, human services and health.
This long-time philanthropist has given heavily to education, anti-poverty and health organizations, as well as to alma maters. He's also supported conservative policy groups.
President, Southeastern Asset Management, minority owner Memphis Grizzlies. Funding areas: education and youth, human services, Memphis community.
Funding has supported right-of-center policy outfits and causes. Chase sits on the board of the Reason Foundation and the Fraser Institute in Canada.
Chazen's giving has mainly gone to alma maters and museums, with some funding for health and Jewish causes.
The bulk of the Chilton family's giving is in the area of the arts and education, particularly leading universities and cultural institutions.
The founder of Atlanta-based GMT Capital and his wife support education, health and medical research, humanitarian relief, and immigration causes.
Cofounder, Promus Holdings and Promus Equity Partners. Funding areas: religious, youth, human services and health, education, global.
The Cohen family giving goes to education and youth, arts and culture, health, and Jewish causes.
Steve and his wife Alexandra are very active and wide ranging philanthropists, giving to NYC-area hospitals, schools, the Robin Hood Foundation, and other causes.
The couple's giving focuses on the New York City area. Education is one interest, and they also give to a select few local hospitals.
The cofounder of the Carlyle Group has pledged to give at $1 billion to improve life in Washsington, D.C., and has been giving for education, health, and human services.
Along with his wife Toby, Cooperman mainly supports Jewish charities, particularly in the areas of education and community development.
The Copses couple directs a good portion of their philanthropy to education and youth, and policy causes, in the Los Angeles area. Other giving has gone to alma maters including Stanford.
The Goldman Sachs and Cornell Capital alum, with his wife, has given widely to education, youth, health and the arts, often to programs in New York City.
Former president/CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Goldman Sachs partner. Funding areas include education, policy, human services and health, religious, environment and animals.
This private equity billionaire has focused his giving so far on education, entrepreneurship, and the San Francisco community.
A funder of conservative policy think tanks, but large sums have also gone toward education, particularly higher education.
Gives grants to hundreds of nonprofits every year, as well as huge grants to support education at all levels.
Prioritizes faith-based giving (food banks, housing and assisting aging priests and nuns), educational programs, free enterprise, the performing arts, and mental health research.
Via the Claws Foundation, earmarks funds for policy outfits, many of the libertarian variety. Other areas of grantmaking include Jewish causes, and children's health.
The Dattels' Kingfisher Foundation promotes healthy marine ecosystems, through sound management of fisheries, but the TPG Capital partner and wife Kristine also support higher ed and the arts.
This investor's foundation has assets over a billion dollars, with major gving going to international education, but also the environment and select other causes.
Cofounder of Avista Capital Partners. Funding areas include education, arts and culture, health and human services.
Dechman is a longtime supporter of LGBT causes, education and youth, arts, health and more through his foundation.
DiMenna has backed arts and culture, but much recent giving has focused on supporting the Harlem Children's Zone.
The founder of York Capital Management concentrates philanthropy on education, athletics (he's a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks), arts and culture, and NYC community causes.
The retired Goldman Sachs partner and wife Barbara are particularly interested in women's equity, Jewish issues, arts and social justice, among other causes.
Influential longtime fund manager supports causes in his native Chicago and beyond, in areas of arts and culture, historic preservation, economic opportunity, and investigative reporting.
Major supporter of medical research, but is interested in a widening array of other causes. A major donor to Harlem's Children Zone.
Has given big to universities and medical centers, but also makes smaller grants to nonprofits on the front line of poverty.
The Goldman Sachs alums--Duckworth and husband Thomas--have focused much of their philanthropy on social entrepreneurship, global development and gender equality, and founded an outfit to provide jobs to destitute women in Afghanistan.
Dunn and his wife Rebecca move their philanthropy through Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking, which funds free-market think tanks and advocacy groups.
Cofounder of Centerview Partners. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, policy, NYC community.
This family strongly supports arts and culture in New York City. Education and health are among their other interests.
A supporter of a number of Jewish organizations, health organizations, and -- most notably -- organizations that seek to develop empathy, civility, and compassion.
This part of the Einhorn clan primarily funds education, arts and culture, policy, and Milwaukee community causes.
Has given mainly for health and the hearing impaired, and funds have also gone to New York City groups and Jewish causes.
Former parter at Goldman Sachs. Funding interests include environment, Jewish causes, arts and culture, education.
Has passion for giving to Jewish groups, both in Israel and his native New York. But he has also given a lot of money to medical research facilities and to the arts.
The Fasseas couple founded PAWS Chicago and are supporters of animals, cancer research, and other causes, with a focus on the Chicago area.
The Feldsteins' funding interests include education and youth, public policy, and the NYC community.
This retired private equity guy focuses his giving and institutional involvements mainly on environmental issues.
A hedge funder with conservative politics who gives for reproductive health, education, religion and religious liberty, policy, and more.
The Fishers support arts and culture, education, and San Francisco area causes, but looks beyond the Bay Area, too.
Freidheim and his family supports education and youth, the New York City community, and global and policy causes.
Friedman and French support work involving animals, pediatric health in Washington, D.C., Jewish causes, and education in Washington, D.C.
The current head of merchant banking at Goldman Sachs has a strong New York City focus, and has given big to education, health, youth and other causes.
The philanthropy of this former Goldman Sachs chairman has largely focused on New York, with support of health, the arts, and human services.
The Friedmans back work in arts and culture, policy, and education and youth. The Bay Area is a region of priority.
Interests of this longtime Goldman Sachs exec include historic preservation, arts and youth athletics.
While less well known and less rich than many other hedge fund managers, Fournier is a very active education philanthropist and also gives to select other causes like animal welfare and veterans.
Funding areas have included education and youth, policy, health, environment, and global causes. Chicago is a focus, and a $10.25 million gift went to alma mater Northwestern University. Galvin sits on the board of American Enterprise Institute.
Focused on antipoverty efforts in New York City and globally, using entrepreneurial approaches.
Gabelli is concerned with education at all levels, from K12 through the university level, with other giving to health and youth causes.
Gelbaum has given away more than $1 billion, mainly to environmental causes and veterans organizations. But he appears to be taking a hiatus from big-time giving.
The Gerbers focus philanthropic giving on education and youth in the Memphis area.
The Gersons fund programs in education and youth, Jewish causes, arts and culture, policy, and NYC community.
Still new to giving, but Gerstenhaber and his wife are interested in medical research, youth and animals.
Gerstner and family are strong supporters of biomedical research and early-career investigators, education and youth, and human services.
Gilbert's main issue is neurofibromatosis, which affects his son, but he also cares about revitalizating Detroit and Cleveland, and supports Jewish causes.
Still going strong after decades of philanthropy, Gilder's giving has included Yale, history and historic preservation, and other causes.
The richest man in Alaska has mainly supported things in his home state, starting with education.
The venture capitalist has mainly focused his giving on anti-aging work, backing an institute that bears his name and also work at different universities.
Former partner at Goldman Sachs, later chairman of Baker, Fentress & Co. Funding areas include education and youth.
The Gottesman family are active philanthropists in Jewish causes in the U.S. and Israel, education, health, human services, and arts and culture.
Gray and his wife Mindy Gray have given huge sums to some key causes, particularly education and cancer research.
The foundation the couple set up doesn't appear to have yet kicked into gear, but areas to watch include health, art, Jewish causes, and Florida.
Greenberg and his wife, Marcy Gringlas, established the Seed the Dream Foundation, which is focused on educational access, awareness, and advocacy.
A big supporter of education and health care, making large donations to children's hospitals, as well as toward research into Alzheimer’s disease, blindness and cancer. Now in the midst of a divorce.
Interested in fighting poverty through social innovation, mainly in New York. Also gives to K-12 causes and select other causes.
Bulk of his giving so far has been toward capital campaigns for medical centers. Gross is selective in his choice of organizations to support, but then gives big.
Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, health, and the Boston community. Some giving heads to Wisconsin.
Partner at Highland Capital; management/co-owner Boston Celtics. Funding interests: education and youth, health and human services, arts and culture, Boston community.
Founder of Gruber & McBaine Capital Management. Funding areas include arts, education, human rights, progressive and investigative media, women's issues.
The Gusts support education and youth, health, and human services. Much of the family's giving is in the Chicago area.
The Gutman family's philanthropy focuses in on Chicago, and funding areas are health & science research, Jewish causes, education & youth, human services, and Chicago community.
Founder of H/2 Capital Partners concentrates on animals and the environment.
Director, Erie Indemnity. Funding areas: higher education, arts, youth services, human services, community and economic development.
The Hallorans support the environment, education and youth, human services, and global causes, with giving so far focused on Minnesota.
The Hamill family are longtime environmental philanthropists, both on the local level in Chicagoland, as well as in other parts of the country, and even globally.
Former Goldman Sachs managing director and family focus their philanthropy on education, Catholic organizations, policy and health.
Commodities trader, owner Boston Red Sox. Funding areas: healthcare, arts and culture, education and youth, food.
Funding has gone mainly to Jewish causes, conservative policy issues and education (both higher education and school reform).
Higgins does most of his giving with his hedge fund partner, Fran Biondi. He has interests in education, health, supporting youth and more.
Hodgson and wife Laurie have focused giving on education, arts and culture, and the environment.
Hohn's philanthropy focuses on helping children around the world by addressing issues such as malnutrition, education, and climate change.
The Carlyle Group partner and wife Shelley Holt support STEM education, adoption causes and women's healthcare.
Founder of Centurion Credit Management. Funding areas include Jewish causes, education, health.
Former vice chairman at Goldman Sachs, now at Crestview Partners. Funding interests include arts and culture, education and youth, policy and global.
Cofounder of Silver Lake Partners private equity firm and his family move the bulk of their philanthropy into education, public policy, and health research and healthcare.
Icahn’s philanthropy has stayed close to home, building charter schools and homeless shelters in his native New York City, and offering support to major hospitals and medical schools.
Supports education and youth work, mainly in the Boston area, but also gives to Jewish causes and has supported efforts to boost the capacity of nonprofits.
Alum of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Blackstone Group. Funding interests include environment, education and youth, arts and culture, global, health and human services.
Jeffery's funding interests include policy (he has served in government), human services, and arts and culture.
While Johnson is the sixth-richest woman in the U.S., it’s a bit difficult to distinguish her philanthropy from that of her family—which gives mainly in arts and culture, and historical preservation in the Boston area.
His giant 2013 gift to Yale made headlines, but otherwise, Johnson's been a low-profile giver, mainly supporting education and a few health issues.
Johnson’s biggest giving is in arts and culture, and historical preservation in the Boston area, where he is on the board of several health and cultural institutions.
This former Goldman Sachs vice chairman has a long record of philanthropy in health and public policy, among other interests.
Founder of Robin Hood Foundation. Jones looks for places where the market is ready to turn, and applies his philanthropic dollars where he believes he will make the most impact.
Founder and chairman of Hellman Jordan Management Co. Funding areas: education and youth, health, arts and culture, Boston community.
Draws on his private equity fortune to support his alma mater, Nortre Dame, and also support youth sports.
This Goldman Sachs vet and husband, lawyer Robert Fippinger, focus most of their funding within New York City, where they've backed arts and culture, education and youth, and women's organizations.
The Kaplans support education and youth, Jewish causes, and health. A large portion of their giving goes to Los Angeles.
Co-chair of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a venture philanthropy group focused on early-stage organizations working on scalable solutions to pressing problems in the U.S. and abroad.
Gives major donations to educational institutions, nonprofits supporting research into a number of diseases, and Jewish charities.
Kaiser is very focused on Oklahoma, but gives nationally on his top issue, early childhood education, and is broadly interested in promoting equality of opportunity.
The family's philanthropy is centered on Los Angeles, and it includes fundinng for education & youth, arts & culture, health & human services, and Jewish causes.
The Kellehers focus grantmaking on New York City. Catholic and Irish causes are a top interest, with other support for education and youth, and the NYC community.
Ran brokerage house Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, later sold to Goldman Sachs for billions. Funding areas: education and youth, environment, historic preservation, arts and culture, health and human services.
Kempner and Patterson fund education and youth, and arts and culture. New York City is a focus.
Retired partner at Goldman Sachs. Funding areas include arts and culture, education, health, NYC community.
Funding interests have included education and youth, policy, health, and the environment. Kilts has strongly supported alma mater Knox College, and Weill Cornell Medical College, where he's on the board of overseers.
Kimmelman, a former Goldman Sachs partner and later founder of Energy Capital Partners, gives to health, athletics, education, and the environment. New Jersey is a top site of giving.
Kingdon and his wife Anla have backed anti-poverty work in New York City, as well as arts and culture. They've also given to support and celebrate the Chinese community.
Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, media, health, environment, and Jewish causes.
The Klabins have lately funded education and youth, health and human services, and Jewish causes.
Klarman’s three main areas of focus are medical research (particularly in the area of behavioral health), music education and Jewish causes. His biggest donation has been for cell research.
CEO of Blenheim Capital Management and wife Judith-Ann Corrente concentrate giving in arts and culture, education, health, and the NYC community.
Funding interests include health and human services, education and youth, Jewish causes, and policy. Dallas is a focus.
Kovner's most significant giving has been for arts and culture, though he is also a strong advocate for choice in schools, and other conservative policies. He tends to make large gifts.
UK-based Kowitz, a veteran of Soros Fund Management and a founder of Indus Capital Partners, supports arts and culture, education and youth, the environment, gun violence prevention, and global issues.
Kraus and his wife Jill are serious art collectors and have shared their collection and their wealth with arts institutions. Other philanthropy goes to education, health and youth, mostly in New York.
Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee are very active philanthropists. They sit on numerous boards and have a broad range of interests. The bulk of their giving goes to cultural organizations, predominantly in the New York area.
The Kufliks focus giving on Jewish causes in New York City and beyond.
Laffont, his wife Ana, and brother Thomas give through a few charitable vehicles, supporting human services and global causes, education and youth, and the environment.
Lampert's philanthropy with his wife Kinga has so far focused on health, especially cancer research. But they've supported select other causes as well, including libertarian policy groups.
Funding has gone to youth development and academic enrichment, and global causes. The San Francisco Bay Area has been a region of interest. A good portion of their giving has gone through a donor advised fund and is hard to track.
A major involvement is City Year, but Lavine has also supported his alma maters. The couple funds investments that help level the playing field, create opportunity, and support fairness.
Lawrence and his wife's philanthropy has a New York City focus, with education, arts and culture, health, and other areas receiving funds. Jewish causes are also of interest.
Leichtman and her husband and business partner, Arthur, move their philanthropy through the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation. One interest is human services.
The Eugene & Janet Lerner Family Foundation is a charitable vehicle Lerner set up with his late wife Janet. A component of the foundation's grantmaking keys in on Chicago.
The Lighten family giving includes education, arts and culture, religious causes, and legal defense for urban youth.
The couple giving has gone to human services, arts and culture, and education and youth.
Former partner at Goldman Sachs, later with Kepos Capital. Funding areas include education, health, environment, human services, policy.
Loeb supports a variety of organizations with mainly smaller donations, mostly focusing on arts and culture in New York. But he also contributes to a wide range of health causes, and other select causes.
The founder of Select Equity Group funds advocacy and civil rights, arts and culture, education and youth, environmental causes, health, human services, and international development.
Cofounder of Kensico Capital Management funds education and youth, Jewish causes, arts and culture, and health and human services.
Former CEO of Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. Funding interests include health, education, human services, religious/local churches.
The Aristeia Capital cofounder and his wife support programs promoting the environment, global peace, arts, and education.
MacMillan mainly gives to health and higher education institutions, but he and his wife, Nancy, are also passionate about the arts.
Mandel is heavily involved in education and community support in Connecticut and New York, where he lives and works, though he is also involved in education nationally. In addition, he's become more active in supporting environmental causes.
The Morningstar founder gives mainly in the Chicago area, with a focus on education, higher education, and arts and culture.
Alum of Goldman Sachs and later Mark Asset Management. Funding areas include education and youth, Jewish causes, health and human services, arts and culture.
Has provided significant support to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and he and his wife sit on several nonprofit boards.
The founder of Lightyear Capital has focused giving on education, artsa and culture, health and human services, and the New York City community.
The Martins interests focus son education and spiritual causes, as well as arts/music and other topics.
McFarland and his wife Ellen are strong supporters of global environmental and animal protection causes, and of health and human service organizations.
McNulty and her late husband John have supported education, leadership and health, and founded the $100,000 John P. McNulty Prize for entrepreneurial solutions to social challenges.
The Goldman Sachs veteran mainly in New York City, with interests in arts and culture, health, education, and more.
Menschel and his wife Ronay move their philanthropy through several outfit, giving mainly for arts and culture, education, health, and human services in New York.
A leading supporter of conservative policy groups, but also strong funder of SUNY Stony Brook.
Mesdag and his wife Lisa focus primarily on the Los Angeles area, with most of their philanthropy going to education, the arts and a variety of social programs.
A major supporter of education, at both the secondary and post-secondary level. Big interest in improving teaching.
Keenly interested in medical research and accelerating the pace of breakthroughs. But also a big backer of education, along with his brother Lowell.
Most of Modzelewski's giving has gone through a donor advised fund, so is hard to track. He's involved with the Reason Foundation and policy seems to be an interest.
The couple's giving goes to health, education and youth, arts and culture, and Jewish causes.
The investment banker's biggest gifts have gone to his alma mater; other interests include healthcare.
The family's philanthropy mainly focuses on the Boston area, where the Mooneys have a special interest in supporting Catholic and Jesuit education.
This tax attorney funds education, health care, anti-poverty efforts, disaster relief, human rights and the arts.
The Mullers' Dancing Tides Foundation concentrates on health and human services, the environment, education, and music.
Has been a public skeptic of philanthropy, but is stepping up his giving. Has supported educational institutions that he has been affiliated with, usually for new buildings and improvements.
The Goldberg/Nash Family Foundation funds issues of arts and culture, education, health, and many Jewish causes. Grantmaking appears to be on the rise.
Neidich and his wife Brooke are active in their philanthropy, with interests spanning children's mental health, education and arts.
The Negrins haven't yet set up a formal charitable vehicle but have already started funding interests in global education, climate change, Jewish causes and health.
A major donor to Brown University, but has also given for cancer research, conservation and human services, often in Rhode Island.
This private equity veteran focuses giving on the Northeast, including alma mater Princeton, and is active in global development efforts using entrepreneurial approaches to problems of poverty.
Giving mainly in the Bay Area, Oberndorf is a big backer of education reform. He and his wife also have interests in health and policy, among other areas.
Has given mainly to the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Presbyterian Hospital, but has also supported select Jewish causes and educational institutions.
The Ohnell's giving concentrates on the Northeast. Interests include education and youth, policy, arts and culture, environment. Ohnell sits on the board of the Manhattan Institute.
The O'Neal Foundation has a particular focus on education and other causes that have personal connections to the family.
New Jersey-based O'Shea and his wife Michele have been strong supporters of health and education causes in their home state, as well as of their alma mater, Fordham University.
Gives heavily for STEM education, but has supported other education work, including research into early learning, often in the New York metro area.
Paulson mainly focuses on conservation issues, and has a big interest in birds. But he also cares about broader civic challenges.
Still pretty new to giving, but made a splash with a huge gift for Central Park. Has also given big for health and education.
The wife of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Wendy directs the family's philanthropy, with particular interest in wildlife and conservation causes.
Peltz is pretty quiet about his philanthropy, so it can be difficult to determine how much he’s contributed over the years. He is a board member of several nonprofits, and is probably most passionate about Jewish causes.
He's made major gifts for health—cancer research, in particular—and higher education; these activities are likely just a prelude to much larger-scale giving by Perelman.
Gives to educational causes, as well as to nonprofits that make children's lives better and endows some medical research work.
A well-known fiscal conservative, Peterson focuses his giving almost exclusively on economic policy research and advocacy—most notably creating and funding Washington, D.C., think tank that bears his name.
Funding has gone to education and youth, arts and culture, and the military. The Phelans are major collectors of contemporary art.
Andy and Mary Pilara are involved in the arts, and run a well-known photography gallery in San Francisco.
The Polaks support Jewish causes, policy, education and youth, and the Los Angeles community.
Funding areas include arts and culture, education and youth, and the NYC community.
The Goldman Sachs vet/Empyrean Capital cofounder and his wife support education and youth, Jewish causes, and health.
This hedge funder backs education, children and youth, health and science research, and NYC community causes.
Rainwater had long supported education and local causes in Texas. A few years ago, he also started focusing in on neurodegenerative disease, after discovering he had a rare disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), which recently took his life.
Former partner at Goldman Sachs. Funding areas include education and youth, health, environment, media.
Governor of Illinois, partner at Golder Thoma, Cressey Rauner. Funding areas: education and youth, environment, health and human services, Jewish causes, policy.
Reeder's grantmaking focuses on education and youth, and on the Boston community.
Gives mostly in the field of education, health, and Jewish charities and causes.
Gives mainly in Los Angeles, with a primary focus on the arts and education, including charter schools.
Has mainly focused support on alma maters, but with some funds also going to health and community causes, mostly on the East Coast.
Riley and family fund education and youth, religious causes, health, and human services.
Education and poverty are the top causes for this hedge fund billionaire, with most giving focused in the New York area.
The private equity billionaire has been a pioneering backer of social enterprises and mainly focuses his giving in the Bay Area.
Focused on education, the environment, and medical research. Also interested in reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rockefeller has given away a fortune in his lifetime and has pledged the bulk of his remaining fortune to various organizations.
The founder of Ariel Investments has given much to his home city of Chicago, especially for education and youth. He's only in his 50s and may ramp up philanthropy in coming years.
Romney has been a high-level giver to the Mormon church, but he and wife Ann are also passionate about health causes.
This veteran philanthropist focuses on public policy research, higher education, and the arts. Founder of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates.
The cofounder of Apollo Management has focused his giving on education, Jewish causes, health, and the New York City community.
CEO of Royce & Associates. Funding interests include arts and culture, conservation and preservation, religious, human services and health, education, Connecticut community.
Supports education, health care research, and national museums and monuments.
Longtime chairman of Frank Russell Company. Funding areas include environment, community development, Puget Sound community.
Founder of Schooner Capital, director of Iron Mountain. Funding interests: human rights, progressive media and policy, environment, education, health.
Funding interests have included education and youth, policy, human services, religious causes. Saliba sits on the board of Heritage Foundation.
The Samberg foundation supports grantmaking in education, health, and Jewish life. There's also the Rebecca and Arthur Samberg Foundation, which focuses locally on suburban New York.
Sandler has bankrolled progressive organizations, as well as the reporting nonprofit ProPublica. Has also given heavily for medical research and basic science.
Founder of Eminence Capital. Funds arts and culture, education and youth, Jewish causes, human services and health.
Richard Sandor has long worked at the intersection of finance and the environment. Philanthropy includes the environment and science, arts and culture, education and youth, and Jewish causes.
The vast majority of his giving has gone to help children, funding children’s health initiatives in particular.
This former Goldman Sachs partner and his wife Kristen Hertel primarily support education, youth, global causes, arts, health, and human services, with special interests in the Chicago community.
Saunders and family mainly supports education and youth causes, with some giving to health organizations.
Known for high-profile gifts with strings attached, but he also spreads money around more quietly to nonprofits.
Schrier and wife Cameron give toward education equity and youth leadership development in the U.S. and in South Africa.
Secunda, a Bloomberg LP billionaire, gives for the environment, arts, education, health, and local and Jewish causes.
The Segal's giving has a Northeast focus. Interests include health and human services, arts and culture, Jewish causes, and education and youth.
The former CEO of Verizon and his family have given to universities, health research, and arts and culture organizations.
With wife Lisa, Selz makes grants at a fast pace--more than 120 in a recent year--supporting causes in higher ed, arts, historic preservation, archeology and policy.
Chairman and co-CIO of Institutional Capital. Funding areas include Jewish causes, health and human services, Chicago community.
The family's philanthropy focuses on the east coast. They've funded writing programming at their mutual alma mater, UJA Federation of New York, and youth causes.
Shaw and his wife Beth support education, science research, arts, and more. New York City is an important region of giving.
Cofounder of Vista Equity Partners. Funds children's causes, conservation.
Cofounder of Seminole Capital. Funding areas include education and youth, health (cancer.)
The family's philanthropy focuses in on the Boston area, where multigenerational forces play a role. The Sidmans tend to support local hospitals and Jewish causes.
Sillcox drove technology innovation at Goldman Sachs for years. Her Tortora Sillcox Foundation focuses on STEM and other education causes in New York City.
Founder of CHS Capital. Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services, environment.
A lifelong scientist, Jim Simons focuses his large-scale and growing philanthropy in research in several scientific fields. Also a strong supporter of STEM education.
A libertarian who backs both conservative policy groups and more traditional charities; he also focuses on education and culture.
Sinquefield has focused heavily on shifting education policy in Missouri, and conservative giving, but has also backed more traditional causes like the arts and health.
Smet, a portfolio manager at Capital Group, and his wife Cynthia concentrate on K-12 education in Los Angeles, but give to other interests in LA and beyond.
Smith, an avid mountain climber, supports the environment, education and youth, and arts and culture.
Mainly focused on backing libertarian and conservative policy work, but has also supported criminal justice reform and local nonprofits in New York City.
Engineer-turned-investor Smith has given millions for education, entrepreneurship, human rights, black causes, and diversity in STEM, including a $50 million gift to alma mater Cornell.
Former partner at Goldman Sachs, now principal of Ford Financial Fund. Funding interests: arts and culture, education and youth, health/human services, Jewish causes.
The Sobels support education and youth, Jewish causes, and health. New York City is an important site of giving.
No matter how much money he gives away, Soros keeps getting richer, so even bigger giving—on top of $10 billion so far—lies ahead to advance his "open society" ideals.
A hedge funder with ties in both New York and Los Angeles, who gives to a wide array of causes in both cities.
The founder of investment advisory Atalanta Sosnoff Capital concentrates his giving in the northeast, with particular focus on arts at Bard College, as well as other arts, health and animal-related causes.
The investment manager runs a foundation with his wife, with interests that include education, health and other causes. Funds mostly go to New York City organizations.
The Stamps' philanthropy is led by their active support for higher education, including a high-profile scholarship program.
Former Goldman Sachs honcho is heavily involved in policy and with wife Gillian supports education and youth causes.
Through several different charitable vehicles, Steinhardt and his wife support Jewish causes, education, health, arts & culture, and NYC community.
The couple focuses on interests close to them in the Northeast. One area of interest is education. Another is health, where diabetes has hit the family personally.
Stern's giving concentrates on the Northeast, particularly the New York area. Interests include policy and global, Jewish causes, education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services.
After stepping away from investing, Steyer has been ramping up his giving. He and his wife Kat Taylor direct funding to those projects and institutions that promote environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Mainly gives to nonprofits focused on Jewish heritage, particularly those engaged in education.
The Sykes' philanthropy has a strong Los Angeles focus, including education, policy, and environment. Gene Sykes is CEO of LA 2024, to bring the Olympic games to LA.
The Tananbaums don't appear to have a charitable vehicle, but support includes Jewish causes and education. Dorothy serves on several boards and is active in the Jewish community in New York.
Founder, GoldenTree Asset Management. Funding areas include arts and culture, education, Jewish causes, health.
Tandon and wife Chandrika Krishnamurthy made a $100 million gift to NYU engineering, among other big support for education, wellness and spirituality, global development and the Indian community.
This progressive bank CEO has given big to environmental and sustainable energy causes, poverty and community efforts, and food and sustainable agriculture.
Believes in giving large sums of his money to the "have nots," especially when it comes to advancing educational opportunity.
Toner (Aresteia Capital cofounder) and Thonden (Isdell Foundation Executive Director) support environmental programs, global development in Tibet, and the arts.
John and Marree Townsend support work for education and youth, arts and culture, religious, environmental and historical, and health and human services.
Alum of Goldman Sachs, founder of BDT Capital Partners. Funding areas include education and youth, health, arts and culture, Chicago community.
Founder, Graham Capital Management. Funding areas: human services and antipoverty, youth, education, health, environment.
With wife Diane, this former Goldman Sachs and Lazard exec is particularly focused on the arts, with other support going to health, youth and education.
Founder of Lincoln Capital Management. Funding interests include education and youth, arts/media, San Francisco community.
Goldman Sachs alum Vance, and his wife, Cynthia, who has extensive professional background in education, focus on a variety of education and community causes in the NYC area.
Most of his giving has gone to colleges, but youth, health, arts/culture and the New York City area are also on his radar.
Vinik and his wife Penny have given widely in health, education and other causes, but is lately focusing a bit more on Florida-based causes and organizations.
The Crestview Partners founder and his wife Teri are strong supporters of education, youth and Jewish causes, with more modest grants to the arts.
Founder of Ellington Management Group. Funding interests include education and youth, health, human services, global.
Alum of Baupost Group, founder of Finepoint Capital. Funding areas: education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services, global, Boston community.
The retired Goldman Sachs partner has pursued interests in architecture, design, and photography, and funds arts organizations in the U.S. and Germany.
Medical research and medical education has been a huge focus, but he and his wife Joan are also big patrons of classical music.
The Weinbergs fund work for education and youth, health, the environment, and arts and culture.
The head of an independent advisory and asset management firm, and former Goldman Sachs partner, and wife Deborah puts most of their philanthropy toward education and youth, and health research.
Former partner at Goldman Sachs. Funding areas include education, environment, human services and humanitarian, health.
Public service education and professional programs are a major interest of this Goldman Sachs alum.
Founder of predecessor firms to Third Avenue Funds and J.J. Whitman. Funding areas include education and youth, policy and global, Jewish causes, health.
Jon and Abby Winkelried fund education and youth, Jewish causes, health, human services, and arts and culture.
Before he passed away, he was focused on education, poverty, the environment, and wildlife protection.
The LA-based investor concentrates much of his support on Los Angeles programs and institutions, with interests in education and literacy, health research, arts and culture, animal welfare and Jewish causes.
Bloomberg billionaire gives to a wide range of causes, including education, the arts, Jewish life, poverty, and more.
The Zides are major supporters of Boston University. Other funding has gone to education and youth. Theater is an interest.
Ziff and his wife have given a lot to the performing arts, particularly dance, but also back conservation groups and different institutions in New York City.
Ziff has made substantial contributions to New York-based organizations, environmental causes, and substance abuse organizations. Martha's Vineyard is another keen interest.
Ziff has donated to his alma maters, but also to New York-based organizations and environment groups.
The Zimmers' giving focuses on the Northeast, with a focus on Jewish organizations.
Former Goldman Sachs partner directs philanthropy with wife Barbara and children, supporting health research, Jewish causes, arts, education and more.
Former Goldman Sachs partner. Funding areas include Education, Jewish causes, health.