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September 2, 2019

With more billionaires now than any other region, Asia has the potential to become a world leader in philanthropic giving, but is it really that easy? Susan Lingeswaran explores the intricacies of giving among the world’s fastest-growing economies

When legendary Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat—of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End fame—announced plans in late 2018 to give away his entire $715 million fortune to charity after his death, the country’s media went into overdrive.

One Hong Kong newspaper called the announcement one of the biggest events in philanthropy to date. Another declared Chow, 63, the most selfless actor in the world and demanded other ultra-high net worth individuals in the region follow suit.

April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

April 8, 2019

Dame Stephanie Shirley brought the same trailblazing zeal to philanthropy over the past quarter century as she did as an IT industry pioneer. She tells James Beech what she learned from starting and finishing charitable giving

How a philanthropist ends their legacy is just as important as how they start it. Just ask Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley CH, who at 85 and after decades of venture philanthropy is spending out her charitable Shirley Foundation while ensuring the good work continues.

November 19, 2018

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. 

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. In 2014, Hong Kong real estate moguls Ronnie and Gerald Chan hit western headlines when they pledged a $350 million gift to Harvard University through their charitable foundation—the largest in the institution’s history. In its 2016 study on philanthropy, BNP Paribas said that 27% of high net worth Asians planned to leave at least a third of their fortune to charity.

October 5, 2018

An Indonesian family conglomerate is putting its logistical muscle to getting relief supplies into disaster-struck Palu as the country reels from its fourth natural disaster in less than two months.

An Indonesian family conglomerate is putting its logistical muscle into getting relief supplies into disaster-struck Palu as the country reels from its fourth natural disaster in less than two months.

The death toll in Indonesia's twin quake-tsunami disaster, centred on the island of Sulawesi, has climbed to 1,424 with time running out to rescue survivors a week after disaster struck.

August 13, 2018

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June 19, 2018

Third-generation Mohammed “Mo” Dewji transformed his father’s modest trading company into MeTL Group, a conglomerate aiming to become a $5 billion cornerstone of the African economy. The Wall Street rookie turned Giving Pledge philanthropist tells Mfonobong Nsehe what powers his ambition, why China can’t compete, and how his close family balances work and life

Third-generation Mohammed “Mo” Dewji transformed his father’s modest trading company into MeTL Group, a conglomerate aiming to become a $5 billion cornerstone of the African economy.  The Wall Street rookie turned Giving Pledge philanthropist tells Mfonobong Nsehe what powers his ambition, why China can’t compete, and how his close family balances work and life

June 12, 2018

The decimation of the environment is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. But why is so little charitable giving directed towards it? Alexandra Newlove spoke to some of the powerhouses in environmental philanthropy about why donating to other causes may be a waste of time.

The decimation of the environment is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. But why is so little charitable giving directed towards it? Alexandra Newlove spoke to some of the powerhouses in environmental philanthropy about why donating to other causes may be a waste of time.

April 12, 2018

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

Alexandre Mars’ outlook on life is buoyed by the belief that people want to help others—though, he concedes they do not always act on this impulse.

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