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:
13) Sir Tom Hunter
13th in the 2021 Giving List earned his fortune by selling trainers from the back of a van. His business became the largest independent retailer in Europe, and in 1998 was sold for £290m, earning Hunter himself £252m. The Sunday Times now values the Scottish-born businessman at £729m.
The publication places Hunter’s charitable donations, which hit £58m, to community, social, children, and education means.
More specifically, Hunter’s donations and projects throughout his lifetime make a long list to be looked at. Commencing with £6m towards the Band Aid appeal, Hunter has since provided £5m to establish the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde and £4m to a Children in Need telethon.
Some £1m has been gifted by Hunter to the Comic Relief appeal, while $10-25m has been given to the William J. Clinton Foundation in the US. More recently, Hunter distributed £1m between The Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia in November 2020.
As reported in The Guardian, Jack McConnel, Scotland’s former first minister, said of Hunter: “His philanthropic work and the creative way that he has thrown himself into that have been one of the most significant drivers for change in Scotland in the last decade.
“The work his foundation does is all about being a catalyst for change, not a substitute and not a general giveaway but a genuine approach to change the way things are done.”