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From 2008 to 2018 the annual top 50 philanthropists in the UK donated a combined total of:

£

The average UK salary is £28,677.
It would take 3,382 years to earn £19.1bn

From an average salary, a donation equivalent* to the top 20 philanthropists would be:
£24,465 a year
£2,039 a month
*At an average donation ratio of 69.9% of salary.

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

£19.1 bn could buy...

44.5 hospitals
*based on a cost of £429m.
100 libraries
*based on a cost of £189m.
1,316 schools
*based on a cost of £14.5m.

Or, you could buy...

An Apple Watch for every person in the UK (that's 66 million watches)

To get to the bottom would take 10 hours for you to scroll...

You get the idea...

The Top 20 Philanthropists in the UK

The index is generated from analysis of the top 50 philanthropists in the Sunday Times Giving List from 2008 to 2018.

The 11 years of data was collated into total donations over the period: annual mean average wealth, annual mean average donations and a mean average of their Giving Index ratio that represents the percentage of their annual wealth that was donated to charity.

#
Name
No. of years in top 50
Total donations 2008-18
Wealth average per year
Annual donation average
Giving index average
1
David Hockney
1
78.1
78.1
34
229.77
2
Anurag Dikshit
3
490
163.3
160
210.39
3
Margie and Jamie Moffat
1
54.8
54.8
50
109.64
4
Jamie Cooper
9
1,330.5
147.8
177.3
101.25
5
Albert Gubay
1
470
470
480
97.92
6
Sir Chris Hohn
11
1,722.8
156.6
383.4
92.96
7
Lord Ashcroft
1
885.3
885.3
1,100.0
80.48
8
Anthony D'Offay
1
97
97
130
74.62
9
David Kirch
2
102
51
109
50.85
10
Sir Tom Hunter
2
1037.8
518.9
789.5
50.54
11
Ros and Steve Edwards
1
30
30
70
42.86
12
Dame Vivien Duffield
2
28.2
14.1
40
35.2
13
Lord Sainsbury
11
2582.5
234.8
734.3
34.31
14
Arpad Busson
3
145
48.3
178.3
30.59
15
Steve Morgan
1
229.8
229.8
831
27.65
16
Lord Fink
1
33.1
33.1
120
27.55
17
Bart Becht
7
215.7
30.8
182.9
27.24
18
Dame Janet de Botton
5
264.4
52.9
200
26.45
19
Dr Leonard Polonsky
1
25.7
25.7
107
24.06
20
Diana Ballinger
2
27.8
13.9
57.5
23.97
#
Name
No. of years in top 50
Total donations 2008-18
Wealth average per year
Annual donation average
Giving index average
1
Lord Sainsbury
11
2582.5
234.8
734.3
34.31
2
Sir Chris Hohn
11
1,722.8
156.6
383.4
92.96
3
Jamie Cooper
9
1,330.5
147.8
177.3
101.25
4
Sir Tom Hunter
2
1,037.8
518.9
789.5
50.54
5
Alan Parker
7
1003.4
143.3
2,439.7
5.85
6
Lord Ashcroft
1
885.3
885.3
1,100.0
80.48
7
Sir Michael Moritz
5
495
99
1,827.4
5.53
8
Anurag Dikshit
3
490
163.3
160
210.39
9
Albert Gubay
1
470
470
480
97.92
10
Sir Richard Branson
1
358.3
358.3
3,410.0
10.51
11
Lord Rothschild
10
347.9
34.8
527.5
6.53
12
Lord Edmiston
8
338.4
42.3
595.5
7.5
13
Sir Elton John
11
301.1
27.4
240.9
11.89
14
Henry Engelhardt
8
272.8
34.1
635.3
5.34
15
Dame Janet de Botton
5
264.4
52.9
200
26.45
16
Jonathan Ruffer
8
251.4
31.4
348.6
8.84
17
Steve Morgan
1
229.8
229.8
831
27.65
18
Bart Becht
7
215.7
30.8
182.9
27.24
19
Johan Eliasch
6
211.2
35.2
490.8
9.41
20
Sir Ian Wood
5
190.8
38.2
1,162.4
3.36
#
Name
No. of years in top 50
Total donations 2008-18
Wealth average per year
Annual donation average
Giving index average
1
Lord Sainsbury
11
2582.5
234.8
734.3
34.31
2
Sir Chris Hohn
11
1,722.8
156.6
383.4
92.96
3
Sir Elton John
11
301.1
27.4
240.9
11.89
4
David and Heather Stevens
11
152.9
13.9
155.9
9.55
5
Sir Philip Hulme
11
85.4
7.8
156.5
5.38
6
Lord Rothschild
10
347.9
34.8
527.5
6.53
7
Sir Martin Laing
10
108.5
10.9
131.7
8.4
8
Sir Peter Harrison
10
82.2
8.2
195
4.3
9
Jamie Cooper
9
1,330.5
147.8
177.3
101.25
10
Lord Edmiston
8
338.4
42.3
595.5
7.5
11
Henry Engelhardt
8
272.8
34.1
635.3
5.34
12
Jonathan Ruffer
8
251.4
31.4
348.6
8.84
13
Tony and Maureen Wheeler
8
46.7
5.8
105.5
5.5
14
Alan Parker
7
1003.4
143.3
2,439.7
5.85
15
Bart Becht
7
215.7
30.8
182.9
27.24
16
Sir Mike Uren
7
165.4
23.6
170
14.11
17
Tony Travis
7
132.5
18.9
397.1
5.14
18
Leonard Polonsky
7
37.4
5.3
111
4.98
19
Lord Archer
7
22.3
3.2
121.4
2.7
20
Johan Eliasch
6
211.2
35.2
490.8
9.41

Have we become more generous?

From 2008 to 2018 the combined annual wealth of the top 50 philanthropists has increased by 47.2%

Donations from all data measured for the top 50 philanthropists has dropped by 19.8%

* 2014 data is incomplete see notes here

Which industries cultivate the most donors?

We created industry segments for the full data set of the top 50 philanthropists each year from 2008 to 2018. Financiers, hedge fund managers and investors was the leading industry sector for having the most philanthropists. Followed second by property and construction.

Men vs Women vs Couples

We segmented the list of the top 50 philanthropists from 2008 to 2018 into women, men and couples (excluding philanthropists listed as a family). We measured the mean average Giving Index for each segment to find who was the most generous with their wealth.

Which month gives birth to the most philanthropists?

We segmented the list of the top 50 philanthropists from 2008 to 2018 by which month they were born in. We also segmented the list by star sign to find which the most philanthropists were born under.