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  • Knut Agathon Wallenberg (1853 - 1938)
    Knut Agathon Wallenberg Knut Agathon Wallenberg was a Swedish banker and politician, he was also a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim . Wallenberg was Minister for Foreign Affairs 1914-1917, and membe...
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  • Ambassador Leighton Goldie McCarthy (1869 - 1952)
    Ambassador Leighton Goldie McCarthy Ambassador McCarthy PC was a Canadian lawyer, politician, businessman and diplomat. Life and Career Born in Walkerton, Ontario, McCarthy was called t...
  • Professor Daniel Willard Fiske (1831 - 1904)
    Professor Daniel Willard Fiske Fiske was an American librarian and scholar, born on November 11, 1831, at Ellisburg, New York. Fiske studied at Cazenovia Seminary and started his colleg...


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  • Frank Lusk Babbott (1854-1933) was a multimillionaire jute merchant, art collector, patron, and philanthropist. A public park (Babbott Field) and a street (Babbott Avenue), both in Waterville, New York, were named in his honor.
  • Alphonzo Edward Bell, Sr. (1875-1947)
  • John Insley Blair (1802 – 1899) American entrepreneur, railroad magnate, philanthropist one of the 19th century's wealthiest men.
  • Rt Hon Charles Booth, PC, FRS (1840 - 1916) Founded and operated, with his brother Alfred,‎ the shipping company Alfred Booth and Company a British trading and shipping company that was founded in 1866 and traded for more than a century. English philanthropist and social researcher
  • Nicholas Frederic Brady (1878-1930) New York City businessman and philanthropist; Utilities and tobacco mogul; Chairman of the Board of Directors of New York Edison Co. and a director of Anaconda Copper Mining Co., Westinghouse Electric, National City Bank, Union Carbide, plus numerous other companies in the United States and Japan whose activities were primarily in utilities.
  • Charles Francis Brush (1849-1929) dynamo/electrical generator
  • Warren Edward Buffett (1930) (Private Profile) is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist.
  • Carter Burden (1941-1996) He was a major benefactor of the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library and the New York City Ballet, as well as the Burden Center for the Aging in Yorkville, which he established and helped finance.



  • Henry Pomeroy Davison, Sr. (1867-1922) USA American banker and philanthropist
  • William Earl Dodge, Jr. (1832 – 1903) USA businessperson and philanthropist.
  • Robert Dollar (1844—1932) was a Scots-American industrialist born in Bainsford, Falkirk, Scotland. He gave to many causes, mostly involving religion, but some involved social and community endeavours.



  • Henry Osborne Havemeyer Frelinghuysen (1916-1994) American philanthropist, civic leader and breeder of thoroughbred horses.
  • Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) American industrialist, financier, and art patron. Founded the H. C. Frick & Company coke manufacturer; Chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company and played a major role in the formation of U.S. Steel steel manufacturing concern.
  • Dr. Thomas Frist Jr. (c 1939) USA American heir, businessman and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the Hospital Corporation of America.


  • Melinda Ann French b 1964) USA philanthropist - co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joseph Peter Grace Sr. (1872-1950) Philanthropist (Grace Institute Charity); President of WR Grace & Co 1907; 1914 established Grace National Bank; Chairman of WR Grace & Co 1929 - established Grace Shipping Co. and established Pan American-Grace Airways.
  • William Russell Grace (1832 - 1904) USA philanthropist and humanitarian, the founder of W. R. Grace and Company.



  • Daniel Willis James (1832–1907) Born in Liverpool, England. Headed Phelps, Dodge & Co (American Mining Company) Served on the boards of other large U.S. corporations A secret philanthropist.
  • William Jarvis (1770 - 1859) financier and philanthropist best known for introducing the merino breed of sheep into the United States from Spain


  • John Kluge (1914-2010) American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in the United States. Kluge donated an unprecedented $60 million to create the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Had given over $510 million to Columbia University.
  • Anthony R. Kuser (1862-1939) American business man and philanthropist; served as a director in more than 50 corporations, among them South Jersey Gas, Electric, and Traction Company, the Peoples Brewing Company, the Trenton Hygeia Ice Company, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and the Fox Film Company.



  • George White Marston (1850 – 1946) USA
  • Charles Edward Merrill (1885 – 1956) American philanthropist, stockbroker and co-founder, with Edmund C. Lynch of Merrill Lynch & Company (previously called Charles E. Merrill & Co.).
  • Darius Ogden Mills (1825 - 1910) USA banker and philanthropist
  • Federico Morassutti (1876 - 1954) Italy Italian entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Peter Munk (born 1927) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of the mining company Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold-mining corporation.
  • David Howard Murdock (1923) 'American businessman and philanthropist. Owner of Dole Food and real-estate development company Castle & Cook; Hotelier, golf clubs owner, Arabian horse breeder. He took over the nearly bankrupt Hawaiian firm Castle & Cooke, which owned pineapple and banana producer Dole Food Company. He developed Castle & Cooke's real estate portfolio into residential and commercial properties and turned Dole into the world's largest producer of fruits and vegetables.


  • George Peabody (1795 – 1869) was an American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust in Britain and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and was responsible for many other charitable initiatives.
  • Henry Phipps, Jr. (1839 - 1930) USA entrepreneur and major philanthropist.
  • Pierre Samuel du Pont (1870 – 1954) USA E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Chemicals; Steel; General Motors. donated millions to Delaware's public schools, financing the replacement of Delaware's dilapidated negro schools.


  • David Rockefeller, Sr. (born 1915)
  • John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937) USA founded the Standard Oil Company
  • John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960) USA
  • Dame Anita Roddick, DBE (1942 – 2007) was a British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner and chrity worker, best known as the founder of The Body Shop, a cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products that shaped ethical consumerism. After her death she fulfilled her promise to leave her estate to charities, on moral grounds.
  • Humphrey Verdon Roe (1878 - 1949) UK philanthropist, aircraft manufacturer; co-founder of Britain's first birth control clinic with Marie Stopes, who became his wife.


  • Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012) Born in London, United Kingdom. He was a British hairdresser, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the wedge bob. Establishing himself in the US in 1965, he opened the first chain of worldwide hairstyling salons,...
  • Ellen Browning Scripps(1836 - 1932) Born in London, USA Started The Detroit News with her brother James. She wrote a widely-distributed daily newspaper column until the year of her death in 1932. She founded Scripps Hospital and Scripps Metabolic Clinic.
  • Louis Henry Severance (1838–1913), USA oilman and philanthropist - a founding member of the Standard Oil Trust,
  • Francis Marion "Borax" Smith (1846-1931) USA
  • John William Sterling (1844 – 1918) American corporate attorney and major benefactor to Yale University. He helped found the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in 1871 which represented Jay Gould, Henry Ford, the Rockefeller family, and Standard Oil.
  • Anson Phelps Stokes, Sr. (1838 - 1913) USA merchant, banker, publicist, philanthropist