The most generous millionaires and billionaires in the world include Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, Michael Bloomberg, and Paul Allen. Combined, these individuals donated $2.68 billion in 2014, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Bill Gates, the founder and CEO of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda operate the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation gives grants aimed to eliminate extreme poverty and provide health care to people in developing countries, and seeks to expand educational opportunities in the United States through minority scholarships.
In 2014, Michael Bloomberg, founder of the Bloomberg financial-data and news-service company and former New York City mayor, donated $462 million dollars to various groups focused on the arts, education, the environment, public health and government innovation.
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, donated $298 million in 2014, including a $100 million donation to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.