Evening Standard Announces London’s Top 20 Philanthropists and Charity Leaders as Part of London’s 1000 Most Influential

December 9, 2010

LONDON, December 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — London’s 1000 most influential
movers and shakers were recently announced by the Evening Standard. Amongst
the categories listed were London’s leading philanthropists, charity leaders
and fundraisers from the worlds of business, politics, performance arts which
are making a difference to the London scene as well as, in many cases, on a
global front.

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“Zest for life, competitive spirit and funkapolitan style are all part of
London’s formula to the greatest city in the world,” commented Geordie Greig,
editor of Evening Standard.

Eddie Izzard, Comedian

Fund-raising comic and actor has developed a penchant for running.
Completed 43 marathons in 51 days to raise money for Sport Relief and has
also been enlisted by the 2012 Games to help encourage Londoners to volunteer
for the Olympics.

Bob Geldof, Anti-poverty campaigner

When “Sir” Bob puts his name to a worthy cause, he guarantees front-page
headlines – such is his pedigree with Live Aid and Make Poverty History.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on several occasions, Geldof remains
active with U2 singer Bono in One, which campaigns to improve health and
hunger in developing countries.

Lady Getty, Philanthropist

Victoria Getty is continuing the legacy of her husband, Sir John Paul
Getty II
and is a trustee of their charitable trust, which has given GBP 38
to over 3,000 organisations. She is now speeding up the distribution
of cash as the trust is being wound down.

Cyrus Vandrevala & Priya Vandrevala, Philanthropists

Founders of the Vandrevala Foundation which focuses on mental health,
dyslexia and multiple sclerosis. He is a private equity investor, she is
chief executive of Indian property business Hirco. The power couple are
active philanthropists in both India and London.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company, founder

Charismatic, Iranian-born leader of charity who has won the ear of
politicians. Her pioneering “wraparound care model” takes traumatised,
inner-city children and effectively re-parents them. Founded Kids Company in
1996 and famously remortgaged her flat several times to keep it going in the
early days.

Martin Narey, Barnado’s, chief executive

Articulate former head of the prison service and ex-Whitehall mandarin
has raised the profile of the children’s charity on a raft of issues,
including children in care and asylum-seekers. He argued that George
case for abolishing child benefit for the better-off was “morally

Decima Francis, From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, co-founder

Runs specialist school in Southwark which tackles gang culture by
teaching troubled young boys to communicate, control their anger and get more
out of the education system. Francis is talking about launching satellite
FMBF centres in other London boroughs.

Sir Ronald Cohen, Philanthropist

Father of British venture capital at Apax, where he made a fortune, has
moved into “social investment”, using commercial practices to help the
socially deprived in Britain. A generous donor to both the Labour Party and
many Jewish causes, he has come under fire for his non-dom status.

Tony Blair, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, chairman

The former premier is a multi-tasking, globe-trotting ambassador for his
own charitable works and Middle East peace envoy, as well as advising JP
Morgan and a string of other international finance firms. Gave away proceeds
of his bestselling memoirs to Royal British Legion.

Neil Mendoza, Philanthropist

Co-founded contract publisher Forward, which he sold to advertising giant
WPP in a lucrative deal in 2001, and uses that business acumen to help the
arts. Among his many roles are trustee of the Shakespeare Schools Festival
and director of Soho Theatre.

Michael de Giorgio, Greenhouse, co-founder

Sports-mad ex-accountant who launched Greenhouse to give inner-city
children a chance to enjoy sport and the performing arts. The charity runs
after-school clubs in dozens of centres around London and has been credited
with reducing gun and knife crime. He says: “I see Greenhouse as an
alternative gang where children are inspired to do something positive.”

Lady Hamlyn, Philanthropist

The widow of one of Labour’s biggest donors has put her money into a host
of causes including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and her own charity, the Helen
Hamlyn Trust, which works in medicine and arts. A trained fashion designer,
she supports her alma mater, the Royal College of Art, and subsidised Royal
Opera House tickets for people who could not afford to go.

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Marie Curie Cancer Care, chief executive

Ex-City grandee, dubbed “Huge-Wallet”, who now devotes his financial nous
to cancer charity. During his time in charge, he has more than doubled annual
income to GBP 135 million. The Old Etonian says of life after the City: “The
big difference is there is more point to it and I’m working with nicer

Charles Fraser, St Mungo’s,chief executive

Having worked for the homeless charity for 30 years, Fraser knows more
than most the challenges facing London’s homeless. He is also a member of the
Mayor’s Delivery Board, which has been set a target of eradicating rough
sleeping in time for the Olympics.

Sigrid Rausing & Lisbet Rausing, Philanthropists

London-based sisters are heiresses to the Swedish Tetra Pak fortune.
Sigrid founded the Sigrid Rausing Foundation to protect human rights in 1995
and this year its budget runs to GBP 20 million. She also owns literary
magazine Granta. Lisbet has her own Arcadia Fund, which looks after culture
and nature and has handed out more than GBP 120 million since its 2001 launch.

Lord Sainsbury, Philanthropist

David, scion of the supermarket family, became the first Briton to donate
GBP 1 billion to charity. A former science minister in Tony Blair’s government and a major Labour donor, he wants to give away his fortune during
his lifetime and has worked closely with Microsoft philanthropist Bill Gates.

Dame Vivien Duffield, Philanthropist

Grande dame of the arts and patron of what she calls “Jewish social”
causes. Her Clore Duffield Foundation has made donations of well over GBP 100
. She warns Tory cuts to the arts are going to “yield a relatively
small amount and do much more damage”.

Nina Barough, Walk the Walk, founder

Barough, who launched the charity just as she suffered a cancer scare
herself, encourages women to walk in their bras in a fundraising effort to
tackle breast cancer. The idea caught the imagination – so far she has
managed to raise GBP 55 million in 14 years in a series of annual walks in
London and beyond.

John Caudwell, Philanthropist

No-nonsense ex-Phones4U entrepreneur who made more than GBP1 billion when
he sold up. Now devotes much of his time and money to good causes, including
his own Caudwell Children charity.

Mo Ibrahim, Philanthropist

Sudanese-born, he sold his pan-African phone network Celtel for GBP 2
in 2005 and launched his charitable foundation, based in London, to
“improve the economic and social prospects of the people of Africa“.

    London's One Thousand Most Influential People 2010, Evening Standard


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