Wipro founder Azim Premji donated Rs 27 crore a day or Rs 9,713 crore annually to retain his top rank among Indian philanthropists in FY21. He increased his donation by nearly a fourth during the pandemic year, as per the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021.
HCL’s Shiv Nadar has ranked second on the list with contributions of Rs 1,263 crore towards upliftment causes. Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries, India’s richest man by a distance, came third on the list with a Rs 577 crore contribution and was succeeded by Kumar Mangalam Birla with Rs 377 crore.
The second richest Indian Gautam Adani is eighth on the givers’ list with a donation of Rs 130 crore towards disaster relief. Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani’s ranking improved to fifth with a Rs 183 crore donation with “societal thinking” being identified as the primary cause.
Donations were measured by the value of their cash or cash equivalents from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. This is the eighth year of the list and it follows on from the Hurun India Rich List, a ranking of 1,007 richest individuals in India, released in September 2021 for the tenth year.
Nine women philanthropists include Rohini Nilekani on the top spot followed by Leena Gandhi Tiwari and Anu Aga and family.