May saw the Sunday Times release its annual Giving List for 2021, where those in the UK are ranked depending on their ‘Giving Index’. This index is calculated by dividing the total sum of an individual or group of individuals by their total wealth, giving a percentage figure.
But who exactly are these generous givers who come from all aspects of society? How did they earn their riches? And what forms of charity are they most interested in? Below, Silver Linings News devotes a separate article to take a look at each of those who made it into the top 20 of the list:
12) Alan Parker
Alan Parker is the richest entry on The Sunday Times 2021 Giving List with a net wealth of almost £2.85bn. His total recent donations of £232m, at a Giving Index of 8.15%, mean that he sits second in the top 20 in terms of total charitable giving.
A trained accountant, Parker worked at Hong Kong’s duty-free shopping company DFS Group before becoming its third largest shareholder. In turn, he gained some £464m when the firm was taken over by LVMH in 1997.
As for his philanthropic aspect, The Sunday Times split his charitable donations between the key areas of environment, children, homelessness, and human rights.
Based in Geneva, Parker established the Oak Foundation, which he continues to sit on the Board of Trustees together with his wife Jette. The Oak Foundation’s website categorises its key programmes to environment, housing and homelessness, international human rights, issues affecting women, and learning differences, preventing child sexual abuse, and special interest projects. Moreover, the organisation highlights a specific interest in Brazil, Denmark, India, and Zimbabwe.
Elsewhere, Jette Parker currently sponsors The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.