During the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of top Asian philanthropists. Some of the most notable include Ashok Soota, Michelle Yeoh, Neelofa, and Li Ka-Shing.
Known as “Michelle Khan” and “Michelle Yeoh,” she is a Malaysian actress, model and dancer who has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry. Yeoh is also an active philanthropist. She has contributed to many charitable causes, including wildlife protection, AIDS research, road safety, and conservation.
Yeoh is married to Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes. They have two children. They have also invested in fashion and food and beverage companies. They have a home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yeoh’s net worth is estimated at $500 million. She has also been named on the Time magazine list of 100 Most Influential People of 2022.
Michelle Yeoh began her acting career in the Hong Kong action film industry in the 1980s. She is a talented dancer, and has starred in many films. She is credited with being the first major female action star in the Hong Kong film industry. She received critical acclaim for her performances in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Known as “Superman” in Hong Kong, Li Ka-Shing is a businessman and philanthropist. His business interests include real estate, ports, telecommunication, internet, and retail. He has also made millions of dollars in donations to various charities and medical institutions in the United States and East Asia. He is considered one of Asia’s richest people.
Li Ka-Shing is the boss of CK Hutchison Holdings, one of the largest health and beauty retailers in Asia and Europe. He is also the chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings, the largest conglomerate in Hong Kong. The company is responsible for many areas of the Hong Kong economy. The Li Ka-Shing company is the single largest shareholder of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the fifth-largest bank in Canada. The Li Ka-Shing company is also a significant shareholder in Husky Energy in Canada and Husky Energy in Alberta.
Among the top Asian philanthropists, the Malaysian actress Noor Neelofa is certainly a high-flyer. She is not only an actress, but she also runs an eco-friendly fruit milk company, a fashion brand, and even a mobile content app. As a commercial model and entrepreneur, Neelofa has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.
For starters, Neelofa is the founder of a mobile app called TheNoor. It is a mobile app that provides Islamic content. She is also the co-founder of the Nilofa brand of fruit milk and has a slew of other ventures, including the Naelofar Hijab clothing line and a fashion line, FashionValet. Currently, Neelofa is the non-executive independent director of AirAsia. She has also collaborated with Chatime to launch a new menu in 2020.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list features 300 young innovators in 10 categories. The list is a veritable Who’s Who of Asia. Some of the other big names include Indian entrepreneur Sunny Varkey and Chinese e-commerce giant Jack Ma.
SKAN, a scientific knowledge for aging and neurological ailments, was started by Ashok Soota. He invested a total of two billion rupees to make it a reality. He purchased land in Bangalore to build its headquarters. He also sponsored a professorship at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. In June 2021, SKAN awarded a grant of Rs 20 crore to IIT Roorkee for a joint research project.
Shiv Nadar is one of the leading donors in India. He has channeled close to USD 1 billion of wealth over the past decade to social causes. He is a founding member of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which aims to empower people through education. He has also helped to build schools and universities through the foundation. He is a self-made millionaire and philanthropist.
Among the many celebrities of the Malaysian entertainment industry, Deborah Priya Henry is a model, television host and philanthropist. She has also become an advocate for refugees. She has co-founded the Fugee School, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing basic education to refugee children in Malaysia.
She has also been named on Forbes’ list of the top Asian philanthropists. She is known for her involvement with charities such as World Vision and the United Nations Refugee Agency. She also created her own charity, Fugeelah, which provides employment opportunities to local communities. She has also spoken at several forums about the plight of refugees.
Henry has also been listed in the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. In 2016, she was awarded the Golden Heart Award: Tribute to Women in Malaysia.