PHOTOS: 7 Indians Who Feature In Forbes Asia's Heroes Of Philanthropy List This Year

08/09/2015 3:40 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Nandan Nilekani, left, Chairperson Unique Identification Authority of India, a new government office that plans to issue national identity cards to all 1.2 billion Indian citizens, looks on during an event in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

This year, seven Indians feature in Forbes Asia's ninth Heroes of Philanthropy list. Of them, four are co-founders of Infosys, one of India's largest information technology (IT) services companies.

The philanthropy list highlights the most noteworthy contributions from 13 countries across Asia Pacific.

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    Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey, who in June pledged about half of his USD 2.25 billion dollar fortune to charity as part of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet-led Giving Pledge initiative, tops the list of philanthropists in India. Dubai-based Varkey is founder of GEMS Education, a chain of 70 private schools in 14 counties.
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    Infosys co-founders Senapathy Gopalakrishnan also features in the list.
    Nandan Nilekani, one of the co-founders of Infosys, features in the list for his individual contributions to the health and education sectors. After a successful career at Infosys, Nilekani had become the director of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
    Former Infosys Technologies Chief Executive Officer S.D. Shibulal also features in the list. After leaving the IT company, Shibulal and his wife are now working for social causes like education, child cardiac surgeries, old age pension schemes and organic farming.
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    Another Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy's son Rohan is on the list for donating a whopping USD 5.2 million to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics. He represents his father N R Narayana Murthy as a philanthropist.
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    The other two Indian philanthropists are brothers Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan, both London-based entrepreneurs and founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London's Saville Row. The brothers donated USD 3 million for training of more than 4,000 people in tailoring across India. Beneficiaries include the 2004 tsunami victims and "ill-fated" women.

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