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:
9) David Gilmour
The much-known figure in British musical history, David Gilmour is a singer, songwriter, and musician, must well known for his leading role in Pink Floyd.
Gilmour placed ninth in the Sunday Times’ Giving List, despite donating a smaller total sum than Law, who placed tenth. This is due to Gilmour’s wealth totalling £136m, and his recent donations reaching £16.6m. In turn, the Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist scored a Giving Index of 12.22%.
Aside from his musical generosity, it was Gilmour who not only gifted the world with albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall but also discovered a 16-year-old Kate Bush, Gilmour is known for his philanthropist nature.
2019 saw Gilmour auction 120 of his guitars for the environmentalist charity ClientEarth. The items, which included his famous Black Strat, #0001 and 1954 Stratocasters, and 1955 Les Paul, fetched an eye watering $21.5m at auction, all of which was donated to the environmental charity.
Previously, Gilmour has also been known to support numerous charities, such as Oxfam, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Teenage Cancer Trust and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Aged 75, Gilmour’s musical career is yet to see its sunset, and here’s hoping that his philanthropist efforts are also due to continue in the coming years.