Oprah Winfrey Is the Most Generous Celeb, Donating $41 Million to Charity

December 11, 2010 06:09:30 GMT

Returning to the top spot for the third time, Oprah Winfrey is followed by Nora Roberts and Meryl Streep at the second and third places respectively.

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Kind-hearted Oprah Winfrey tops the list of the most charitable celebrities. The media mogul is estimated to have donated more than $41 million through her initiative, Oprah Winfrey Foundation, which helps those in need for education access and programs for women and children.

This is not the first time Oprah leads the most generous celebrities list compiled by The Giving Back Fund. In fact, it's her third on the top spot. "There are many generous celebrities, but when you can top a list of celebrity philanthropists three out of four years, as Oprah has, that is saying something," Marc Pollick, president of The Giving Back Fund, said.

Coming at the second place is novelist Nora Roberts. She gave away around $4.45 million to her organization supporting literacy, children's programs and other humanitarian efforts. Meryl Streep and her hubby Donald J. Gummer follow at the third with a total of $4 million in donation to the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts.

"Combined these celebrities donated nearly $80 million of their personal wealth to charities. We hope that in recognizing the extraordinary generosity of these celebrities, we will encourage and promote greater and more authentic giving among those blessed with both wealth and fame," Marc added.

The national philanthropic group relies on media reports and tax forms to collect their data. The people from the organization also speak to publicists, agents and others close to the celebrity. But pledges or promises to donate or donations to public charities, which are not publicly disclosed, are not included.

  1. Oprah Winfrey - $41 million
  2. Nora Roberts - $4.45 million
  3. Meryl Streep and Donald J. Gummer - $4 million
  4. Jami Gertz and Tony Ressler - $2.9 million
  5. Lance Berkman and Cara Berkman - $2.1 million
  6. Charles Woodson - $2 million
  7. Madieu Williams - $2 million
  8. Alec Baldwin - $1.6 million
  9. Barbra Streisand - $1.4 million
  10. Oscar de la Hoya - $1.3 million


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posted by cyndy shannon on Sep 12, 2014
Hello Oprh i was wondering if you could make donation to people with epilepsy here in temecula or we will lose our home its sever epilepsy we get no goverment help please call within one week 951-587-7089
posted by Alan on Jan 27, 2014
azbernie, it's her money let her alone; she can do what ever she wants with it as long as it is legal
posted by potatum on Oct 03, 2013
ooblah ooblah
posted by meza on Sep 26, 2013
you go girlll
posted by a tibetan girl on Nov 07, 2012
dear oprah, i am personifying you in a debate in our institution. i have heard of your kind heart but when i read your biography, it really moved me. may you be blessed
posted by Ali Dumorris on Jul 19, 2012
Oprah thank you, you had been inspired and help many people. May God bless you, amen.<3
posted by Ali Dumorris on Jul 19, 2012
Oprah thank you, you had been inspired and changed many of people. May God bless you<3
posted by azbernie on Dec 13, 2010
i just hope her generousity is limited not only limited to afroamericans, other countried, or towns named after herself
posted by meza on Dec 11, 2010
Way to go Oprah!

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