With a total donation of ₹9713 crore during the year, which amounts to ₹27 crore per day, Wipro's founder Azim Premji has emerged as the country's most generous philanthropist billionaire in 2021.
He retained his position for the second year as he topped the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021.
The Azim Premji Foundation significantly increased its allocation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount increased from ₹1,125 crore to ₹2,125 crore to expand work on vaccination across ten states, reported Moneycontrol.
Meanwhile, the second spot on the list was bagged by HCL's Shiv Nadar with contributions totalling ₹1263 crore. Reliance Industries's Mukesh Ambani secured third place with a contribution of ₹577 crore.
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Donations made by each of these individuals were calculated by the value of their cash or cash equivalent from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
Online trading platform Zerodha's founders, Nithin Kamath and Nikhil Kamath, also debuted in the list with a donation of ₹25 crores. 35-year-old Nikhil Kamath is the youngest person in the list.
As many as nine women philanthropists have made it to the list with Rohini Nilekani (donations worth ₹69 crore) leading the top spot. She is followed by Leena Gandhi Tewari of USV who donated ₹24 crore, and Anu Aga of Thermax who donated ₹20 crore.