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What are the top 100 billionaires doing to help with the Coronavirus crisis?

Brek Throo
Mar 19 · 6 min read

List of top 100 billionaires and what they have publicly done to help the world dealing with the Coronavirus.

In a time of crisis, we are seeing heroism from the front lines. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff, grocery and delivery staff, cleaners, flight attendants, security guards, people keeping our infrastructure going — all of them taking extraordinary steps, risking their lives to keep our world going. Meanwhile, supplies are running low and bottlenecks are occurring.

The world’s billionaires have the opportunity to contribute and help the world in a time of crisis. But how many of them are actively participating and are being part of the solution?

Here’s a list of the top 100 billionaires from the Forbes 2019 list, and their publicly recorded actions related to helping the world deal with the 2020 Coronavirus Global Crisis.

Can you spot the Bruce Waynes and the Scrooge McDucks?

#1 Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com)

  • Bezos offered to hire 100,000 people
  • In regular contact with the White House offering help
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#2 Bill Gates (Microsoft)

  • Resigned from the Microsoft board to focus on charity work
  • Committed $100 million (personal funds) to aid in treatment and detection

# 3 Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway)

#4 Bernard Arnault (Louis Vuitton/Sephora/Others)

  • Offered its perfume factories to help make disinfectant gels to manufacture free hand sanitizers for France
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#5 Carlos Slim Helu (America Movil)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#6 Amancio Ortega (Inditex/Zara)

  • Inditex started to manufacture sanitary equipment for hospitals in Spain
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#7 Larry Ellison (Oracle/PeopleSoft/NetSuite/BEA/Sun)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#8 Mark Zuckeberg (Facebook/Instagram)

  • Funding assistance related to testing and diagnostics of Coronavirus, limited to the Bay area only (San Francisco)
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#9 Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

#10 Larry Page (Google/YouTube)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#11 Charles Koch (Koch Industries)

#12 David Koch (Koch Industries)

  • Deceased

#13 Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries)

  • Approved work from home for staff
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#14 Sergey Brin (Google/YouTube)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#15 Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (L’Oreal)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#16 Jim Walton (Walmart)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#17 Alice Walton (Walmart)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#18 Rob Walton (Walmart)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#19 Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#20 Ma Huateng (Tencent/WeChat)

  • Cancelled regular annual bonuses to staff
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

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#21 Jack Ma (Alibaba)

  • Donated Covid-19 test kits and masks around the world (including the US)
  • Pledged $14 million to the effort to develop a vaccine

#22 Hui Ka Yan (Evergrande Group)

  • $115 million 5-year funding in collaboration with Harvard Medical School committed to Covid-19 research

#23 Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. (Aldi)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#24 Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#25 Michael Dell (Dell Computers)

  • $284,000 donation to fund in-demand materials (surgical masks)
  • PR around ‘millions’ being donated, however the amounts and benefactors are not clear

#26 Phil Knight (Nike)

  • $15 million committed to Covid-19 response efforts

#27 David Thomson (Thomson Reuters)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#28 Li Ka-Shing (CK Hutchison Holdings)

#29 Lee Shau Kee (Henderson Land Development)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#30 François Pinault (Saint Laurent/Alexander McQueen/Gucci)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#31 Joseph Safra (Banco Safra)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#32 Leonid Mikhelson (Novatek)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#33 Jacqueline Mars (Mars Candy)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#34 John Mars (Mars Candy)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#35 Jorge Paulo Lemann (Anheuser-busch inbev/Budweiser/Corona/Many others)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#36 Azim Premji (Wipro)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#37 Dieter Schwarz (Kaufland/Lidl)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#38 Wang Jianlin (Dalian Wanda Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#39 Giovanni Ferrero (Nutella/Ferrero/Tic Tac/Kinder)

  • 10 million Euro commitment announced

#40 Elon Musk (Tesla/SpaceX)

  • Offered to make factories available to make ventilators for hospitals
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

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#41 Tadashi Yanai (Uniqlo)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#42 Yang Huiyan (Country Garden Holdings)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#43 Masayoshi Son (Softbank)

  • Offered a million free Coronavirus tests, which caused some issues
  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#44 Jim Simons (Renaissance Technologies)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#45 Vladimir Lisin (NLMK Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#46 Susanne Klatten (BMW Group/Altana/Nordex AG)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#47 Vagit Alekperov (Lukoil)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#48 Alexey Mordashov (Severstal/TUI Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#49 Gennady Timchenko (Novatek)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#50 Leonardo Del Vecchio (Luxottica: Sunglass Hut, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Bulgari, Chanel, others)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#51 He Xiangjian (Midea Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#52 Rupert Murdoch (Fox News, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, others)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#53 Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#54 R. Budi Hartono (Bank Central Asia)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#55 Laurene Powell Jobs (Apple/Disney)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#56 Michael “Bambang” Hartono (Bank Central Asia)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#57 Ray Dalio (Bridgewater Associates)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#58 Vladimir Potanin (Norilsk Nickel/Onexim Bank)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#59 Len Blavatnik (Warner Music)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#60 Stefan Quandt (BMW Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#61 Theo Albrecht Jr. (Aldi/Trader Joe’s)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#62 Carl Icahn (Icahn Enterprises)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#63 Lee Man Tat (Lee Kum Kee)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#64 Thomas Peterffy (Interactive Brokers)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#65 Hinduja brothers (Hinduja Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#66 Joseph Lau (Chinese Estates Holdings)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#67 Lee Kun-hee (Samsung Group)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#68 Donald Bren (Irvine Co.)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#69 Takemitsu Takizaki (Keyence)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#70 Zhang Yiming (Beijing ByteDance/TikTok)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#71 Abigail Johnson (Fidelity Investments)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#72 Stefan Persson (H&M)

#73 Petr Kellner (PFF Group)

#74 Iris Fontbona (Antofagasta Plc)

  • No financial or other commitment has been announced

#75 Dhanin Chearavanont (Charoen Pokphand Group)

  • Late Jan: Donated $6.8 million to the Chinese Government to assist with fighting the outbreak in China
  • $3m donated to hospital support
  • Early Feb: Started a construction of a factory in Thailand (5 week project) to deliver 3 million surgical masks to Thai hospitals

…stay tuned for the full list.

Donations by wealthy individuals not on the Forbes 100 list:

Italy

Giorgio Armani: $1.5 million to hospitals in Italy

Remo Ruffini: $10 million for construction of a new hospital in Lombardy

…more to come, not a complete list.

Disclaimer: I am not a well-funded news organisation and I am publishing this list in my spare time. The sources are Google News and Twitter. Remember, my Google News search results may be different to yours. If there is an inaccuracy, please don’t let your head explode over it. Be helpful, not angry.

I believe we need more solidarity in this world. The objective is to bring this issue to the attention so that the people that run the world are encouraged to do more.

There may be inaccuracies. If you notice any, I encourage you to contact me with the details of the correction and a link to a reputable source.

p.s. this is not an anti-billionaire or anti-capitalist article. I love my billionaires as much as the next person.

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