73-Year-Old Indian Businessman Donated $7.5 Billion To Charity

73-Year-Old Indian Businessman Donated $7.5 Billion To Charity

73-year-old Azim Premji, chairman of the Wipro Ltd., India's fourth-largest IT service company, recently made history donating $7.5 billion to charity. Reportedly, it is the single largest donation to charity in Indian history.


GoodNewsNetwork reports that Wipro Ltd. was started by Azim’s father in 1945. It had humble beginnings but is now worth billions. Premji himself is ranked as the second-richest man in India, according to Bloomberg. However, it's his philanthropic legacy that he is most concerned with.


Premji announced that he would be giving $7.5 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation mid-March. The education-based charity was launched in 2001. To date, Premji has donated a staggering $21 billion to the organization.


As CNN reports, Premji’s donation is particularly newsworthy due to recent reports that India’s wealthiest citizens (anyone with a net worth over $55 million) are donating less to charity than they did five years ago. In contrast, Premji was responsible for 80% of the nation’s “largest” private donations (more than $1.4 million) in 2018.


The chairman of Wipro Ltd. was also the first Indian citizen to sign The Giving Pledge. The campaign was launched by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. Their goal was (and is) to convince the world’s wealthiest people to donate at least half of their wealth to charity.


The Premji Foundation will use the large donation to build a new university in northern India. Funds will also be used to triple certain branches of their education workforce.


Reference: Truth Theory


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