For the third consecutive year, Berkshire Hathaway chair tops the Forbes list of U.S. philanthropists who gave the most in the previous calendar year.
In partnership with SHOOK Research, Forbes examined contributions paid out by living philanthropists and their foundations in 2017 and found that Buffett gave shares of Berkshire Hathaway valued at $2.8 billion, with more than $2 billion of the total going to the and the rest to four family charities — the , the , the , and the .
Ranked second through tenth for 2017 are Gates Foundation co-founders ($2.5 billion); founder ($702 million); the Walton family (whose disbursed a total of $536 million); founder George Soros ($531 million); Chan Zuckerberg Initiative co-founders ($400 million); (whose disbursed a total of $338 million in 2017); co-founders ($118 million); founder ($315 million); and co-founders ($298 million).
According to Forbes, the philanthropists on this year's Top 50 Givers list donated a total of $12.6 billion in 2017, up from $12.2 billion in 2016, while their collective lifetime giving exceeded $158 billion. Nine of the top ten and forty of the top fifty givers also appeared on the 2018 Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans.