Born in Athens, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for founding budget airline easyJet in 1995, when he was just 28. Prior to this, he set up the Stelmar shipping company with financial help from his late father Loucas, himself a self-made shipping tycoon. Stelios received a knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for services to entrepreneurship, and since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco where he now lives. The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (registered in the UK and Monaco) was created by Stelios to organise his charitable giving in areas such as scholarships, the environment and promoting entrepreneurship in his “home countries” of Greece, Cyprus and the UK and also his latest project “food from the heart” in Greece and Cyprus since the economic crisis.
The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation provides support in the areas of poverty research, UK higher education, social justice and contemporary art. In 2005 the Foundation became the principal benefactor of the Brooks World Poverty Institute.
Rory Brooks CBE, co-founder of private equity group MML Capital Partners, is Chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board, sits on the Board of the Centre for Social Justice and is an adviser to the Board of the Quintessentially Foundation. Elizabeth Brooks has chaired the Patrons’ Committee of the Tate, and is trustee of P3 (People, Potential and Possibilities), the social inclusion charity.
Jack Petchey CBE is a self-made man whose successful businesses include car hire, property and tourism ventures, most notably bringing the ‘timeshare’ concept to the UK. After a lifetime of charitable work he established the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, which has since distributed over £100m.
Trevor Pears CMG is a director of the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies, run together with his brothers Mark and David. The business was founded in 1952 by their father and grandfather. Trevor is Executive Chair of the family’s charitable foundation, which is currently donating between £15-20m per annum.
Norman Stoller and his team built Seton Healthcare (SSL International PLC), inventors of the tubular bandage, into a worldwide brand and one of Oldham’s biggest employers. Through the Stoller Charitable Trust, he has dedicated over 30 years to philanthropy in the North West and beyond. In the period February 2014 to end of June 2015, The Stoller Charitable Trust pledged just over £47M of which just over £7M has been drawn down.
Stephen Heintz is president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a private family foundation. Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the non-profit and public sectors, including Dēmos and the EastWest Institute.
Created in 1940 by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John D. 3rd, Nelson, Winthrop, Laurance, and David), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. To date, three generations of the family have acted as trustees along with non-family leaders.
Jacki Zehner is President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organisation dedicated to mobilising unprecedented resources for women and girls to create a more gender-balanced world.
Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading an organization that is dedicated towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality primary education.
Dr Yusuf K Hamied is a leading Indian scientist and chairman of Cipla (Chemical, Industrial & Pharmaceutical Laboratories), a generic pharmaceuticals company founded by his father. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, by the Indian government in 2005.
David Fong is the Managing Director and a third-generation member of Hip Shing Hong (Holdings) Co. Ltd., a family-owned property developer in Hong Kong. The Group donates a tenth of its annual profits to support philanthropic work, mainly through two family foundations – the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and the Fong’s Family Foundation. By October 2015, the family had donated over HK$500m (US$64m) to causes including education, medical services and social welfare. In recognition of the family’s contribution to society, two asteroids were named after David’s parents, Dr Fong Yun-wah Star and Mrs Fong Tam Yuen-leung, in 1994 and 2006 respectively.
As Trustee for the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, Keith Chua has continued to support various initiatives in education and healthcare, emulating the way his great-grandmother actively supported the needs of her time. While areas of need have changed over the past 100 years, giving in relevant and strategic ways is one of the guiding principles that Keith has applied to all areas that the Trust supports.
Alberto Lidji has been Director of Development at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation since 2013. After a career in the private sector, focused on capital introduction into emerging and frontier markets, he ventured into the world of philanthropy and was the Head of Development and Alumni Relations at Trinity College, Cambridge, before taking up his current post.
Having established the Frederick Mulder Foundation (formerly the Frederick Mulder Charitable Trust) in 1986, his philanthropy now focuses on climate change, inequality and the persistence of global poverty, and social change. Frederick has played a key role in encouraging others to give through his work as founder of The Funding Network (TFN).
Paul Green is the President of Halcyon Gallery, which specialises in modern and contemporary art. Paul began his career in the art industry selling prints from a gallery above Birmingham New Street Station, and went on to set up Halcyon in 1982. Halcyon began in Birmingham and now has three London galleries and one in Shanghai.
Sarah Butler-Sloss is an internationally-recognised leader in the field of green energy and sustainable development. She and her husband established the Ashden Trust in 1989, which is one of the 18 charitable trusts and foundations established by members of the Sainsbury family. In 2001, she launched the Ashden Awards, which recognise and support those working on sustainable energy initiatives.
Harvey McGrath has had a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry and is the former chair of Prudential plc, the London Development Agency, London First and Man Group plc. His current roles include Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London's Enterprise Panel, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College and Chair of Big Society Capital. Harvey is an active philanthropist and social investor and his role as a leading City philanthropist has been recognised in a Beacon Award.
Sir John Hegarty, and partners John Bartle and Nigel Bogle, started Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in 1982. It became one of the most talked about and awarded advertising agencies ever, achieving success through creativity, but also by its integrity. For the past 20 years the agency has given 1% of UK profits to charity.
Comic Relief was founded in 1985 and is known for its fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. Find out how it engages with major donors to tackle poverty and social injustice in the UK, Africa and beyond.
Hassan Elmasry is co-founder of Independent Franchise Partners, LLP and co-chair of Human Rights Watch. Find out why he supports an organisation that works to hold abusive governments and organisations accountable.
Peter Cullum is the founder of Towergate Insurance, which funds the Towergate Charitable Foundation. Discover more about his involvement with corporate philanthropy and with his own foundation, The Cullum Family Trust.
HRH The Prince of Wales is President of The Prince’s Charities, of which the Prince’s Trust is the largest. Discover how the Trust works with donors to get young people into education, training or employment.