At a Glance: Biggest tech donors in 2013

May 30, 2014 by The Associated Press

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, topped the list of the most generous American philanthropists in 2013 with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock that are now worth more than $1 billion. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, it was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013. On Friday, they announced a $120 million gift to the San Francisco Bay Area public school system.

Some of the nation's biggest givers, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, did not appear on the 2013 list, not because they stopped being generous, but because their donations in 2013 were counted as pledges in previous years.

With that, here are the five biggest donors from the technology sector last year, as compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

1. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, with more than $1 billion, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

2. EBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, with $225 million to HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network, and the Ulupono Initiative.

3. Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan, with $221 million to The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech, a technology-focused graduate school in New York City, and other entities such as the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

4. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki (now separated) with $219 million to the Brin Wojcicki Foundation and to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

5. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, with $206 million to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and to the EMP Museum in Seattle.

Explore further: Google co-founder, wife donate $500,000 to Wikimedia

Related Stories

Zuckerberg donates $500 mn to charity

December 19, 2012

With Christmas just days away, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a donation of about a half-billion dollars worth of his company's stock to charity in Silicon Valley.

Zuckerberg tops US donations with $1 bn

February 10, 2014

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was America's most generous donor in 2013, giving nearly $1 billion of his fortune to charity, according to a magazine report on Monday.

Recommended for you

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 30, 2015

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors

July 30, 2015

Accurately forecasting future electricity needs is tricky, with sudden weather changes and other variables impacting projections minute by minute. Errors can have grave repercussions, from blackouts to high market costs. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.