• September 2, 2014

The Philanthropy 50: Americans Who Gave the Most in 2005

Rank

Donor

Total amount committed

Years on list

1

Cordelia Scaife May
Family wealth

$404,000,000
Bequest

1

2

William H. (Bill) III and Melinda F. Gates
Technology

$320,000,000

4

3

Eli and Edythe L. Broad
Finance, real estate

$300,000,000

6

4

George Soros
Finance

$240,147,000

1

5

Boone Pickens
Investments, oil

$229,231,888

2

6

David Rockefeller
Family wealth, finance

$225,000,000

1

7

Lawrence J. Ellison
Technology

$153,000,000

5

8

Michael R. Bloomberg
Media and entertainment

$144,000,000

2

9

Pierre and Pam Omidyar
Technology

$133,741,905

4

10

Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton
Real estate

$122,000,000

2

11

Jan T. and Marica F. Vilcek
Health products

$109,000,000

1

12

David and Cheryl Duffield
Technology

$95,000,000

3

13

Josephine F. Ford
Family wealth, transportation

$90,873,500
Bequest

1

14

T. Denny Sanford
Finance

$70,625,000

1

15

Robert Edward (Ted) Turner
Media and entertainment

$70,600,000

6

16

Sydell L. Miller and family
Manufacturing

$70,000,000

1

17

Harold C. and Annette Simmons
Investments

$61,500,000

1

18

Peter B. Lewis
Insurance

$60,100,000

5

19

Bill and Louise Meiklejohn
Family wealth

$60,000,000

1

20

Theodore (Ted) and Vada Stanley
Marketing

$54,400,000

1

21

John B. Ellis
Family wealth, investments, manufacturing

$52,000,000
Bequest

1

22

Oprah Winfrey
Media and entertainment

$51,808,630

3

23

Helen Snell Cheel
Family wealth

$49,260,000
Bequest

1

24

Paul G. Allen
Technology

$49,000,000

4

25

Lorry I. Lokey
Media and entertainment

$46,159,250

5

26

Barbara Barrow Jacobs
Real estate

$40,600,000
Bequest

1

26

Donald and Barbara Jonas
Retail

$40,600,000

1

28

John W. Jordan II
Finance

$40,000,000

1

29

Bill Greehey
Energy, oil

$36,000,000

1

30

William H. Jr. and Alice T. Goodwin
Hotels, manufacturing, real estate

$32,500,000
Bequest

2

30

Madeleine T. Schneider
Family wealth

$32,500,000
Bequest

1

32

Robert E. Fischell
Health products, invention

$31,130,000

1

33

Leonie Faroll
Family wealth, investments

$31,100,000
Bequest

1

34

Robert H. Smith
Real estate

$30,172,000

1

35

Paul Merage
Manufacturing

$30,063,500

1

36

Robert M. and Anne T. Bass
Finance

$30,000,000

1

36

A. James Clark
Investments, real estate

$30,000,000

1

36

Richard T. and Joyce Farmer
Manufacturing

$30,000,000

1

36

James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin
Energy, oil

$30,000,000

1

40

K. Raymond Clark
Law, real estate

$29,300,000
Bequest

1

41

Oscar Boonshoft and family
Investments

$28,500,000

1

42

William S. Boyd
Hotels, law, media and entertainment

$28,000,000

1

42

Charles Simonyi
Technology

$28,000,000

2

44

Bradford Freeman
Finance

$26,010,000

1

45

Andrew S. Grove
Technology

$26,000,000

1

45

Edward M. Warner
Oil

$26,000,000

1

47

William J. Godfrey
Real estate

$25,000,000

1

47

Dorrance H. Hamilton
Family wealth

$25,000,000

1

47

Bruce Kovner
Finance, investments

$25,000,000

1

47

Marlin Jr. and Regina Miller
Manufacturing

$25,000,000

1

47

Ronald Spogli
Finance

$25,000,000

1

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