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:
14) Philip and Donna Berber
Philip and Donna Berber have a long history of giving, not just within the UK. Barron’s placed the couple as the sixth highest world givers in 2009 and seventh in 2010, while BusinessWeek claimed that the Berbers were 40th in the 50 most generous global philanthropists in 2002.
The Sunday Times pitched the duo somewhere in the middle of these three scores, at 14th. With a net wealth of £166m, Philip and Donna Berber allegedly made recent donations of £12.5m – that’s a Giving Index of 7.55%.
Born in Ireland but based in Texas, Philip Berber sold his CyBerCorp online brokerage for a sum of $488m to The Charles Schwab Corporation at the beginning of the Millennium. Philip then teamed up with Donna to form their charity A Glimmer of Hope, pledging $100m in Schwab stocks as an endowment to establish the foundation.
A family foundation and international NGO, A Glimmer of Hope was founded with the goal of reducing poverty in rural Ethiopia. Since its launch, the organisation has completed over 10,000 projects, and claims it has improved the lives of five million people.