Top 7 World Biggest Givers

It is good to see (and is now becoming very popular), that some of the richest people in the World are also the biggest givers as philanthropists. It seems that once your reach the top of your career and amassed a large amount of money, this is the normal (and very nice next move). According to Forbes, there are 19 people that donated at least $1 billion each to charities or foundations (some of them already gave away more money than what they are worth today). From that list, these are the Top 7  Biggest Givers in the World. We hope that many other people find causes inspiring enough to keep this list growing, not only in money but also in number of members:

1. Bill Gates

Country: U.S.

Donations: $28 billion

Net worth: $56 billion

Early on Gates dabbled in different areas, giving money to Harvard’s computer science department, libraries, pilot high schools and local Seattle charities. His giving really took off in 1999, when he funded his family foundation with $16 billion in Microsoft stock. Since then, with further contributions from Gates and pal Warren Buffett, the foundation has become the preeminent philanthropic institution in the world. Among its main initiatives: It will spend $10 billion over the next 10 years on vaccines. In the U.S., education–teacher training in particular–is its main project.

2. Warren Buffett

Country: U.S.

Donations: $8.3 billion

Net worth: $50 billion

For many years Buffett insisted he would give all his money away at his death, but not before. He had a change of heart, and in 2006 made a pledge to give more than $30 billion over 20 years to the Gates Foundation. In 2010 he turned over $1.9 billion. Perhaps even more notably, he teamed with Gates last year to create the Giving Pledge, which has signed up 69 wealthy individuals and families to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

3. George Soros

Country: U.S.

Donations: $8 billion

Net worth: $14.5 billion

An eclectic giver has doled out $8 billion since 1979, backing causes as diverse as clean-needle clinics in California and scientific research in Russia to helping the Roma, or Gypsies, in Eastern Europe. Through his Open Society, he has given $1.7 billion to human rights causes and to help promote democracy. Another $1.6 billion has gone to education.

4. Gordon Moore

Country: U.S.

Donations: $6.8 billion

Net worth: $4 billion

The Intel cofounder and former CEO handed over $6 billion in stock to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000. The foundation focuses on science, environmental conservation and nursing education. The last category was the brainchild of Moore’s wife’s Betty, who once received the wrong injection from a nurse in the hospital. Moore is also partially funding the construction of the world’s biggest telescope; it’s in Hawaii, where he lives part-time.

5. Carlos Slim Helú

Country: Mexico

Donations: $4 billion

Net worth: $74 billion

World’s richest man has publicly stated that he feels more good can be done from creating jobs than from band-aid charitable giving. Yet it turns out he gave $2 billion, mostly from dividends, to his Carlos Slim Foundation in 2006, and $2 billion in 2010. Most of its programs are focused on digital education and health. A $100 million gift to the Clinton Initiative project is helping pay for 50 000 cataract surgeries in Peru. With the Gates Foundation and the government of Spain, it’s spending $150 million on nutrition and disease prevention in Central America.

6. George Kaiser

Country: U.S.

Donations: $4 billion

Net worth: $9.8 billion

“It is the government’s responsibility to ensure at birth that every child has the same opportunity. But that is a hoax at this point,” says Kaiser. “With what we know, it is morally offensive not to act.” Tulsa’s wealthiest man has acted by funding his George Kaiser Family Foundation with $4 billion over the past decade. It spends millions a year on medical clinics across Tulsa, helping women get off drugs, improving Tulsa’s public schools, and developing early childhood education centers. His National Energy Policy Institute investigates ways to wean the U.S. off foreign oil.

7. Eli Broad

Country: U.S.

Donations: $2.6 billion

Net worth: $5.8 billion

Broad, who made two fortunes, first as a homebuilder and later in the insurance-annuities industry, has lately been focused on philanthropy. He has tried to reform public education by giving awards to individual educators. Last year he got approval to build a museum in Los Angeles. His foundation also helps fund medical research; it has given more than half a billion dollars for a stem cell research institute at Harvard and M.I.T.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Best Beaches in the World

Looking for a place to do your next beach vacations? Here you can find some places you can visit!

Similar to what happened to the post regarding the Top 7 Best Golf Courses in the World, there are so many information about this topic that we decided in gather all the information and made our own ranking. We believe we came out we a reliable list, but you can always check some of the sources we used.

1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando De Noronha is one of the Unesco World Heritage Site as “the most beautiful marine park in the World”. Fernando De Noronha, is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, around 220 miles offshore from the Brazilian coast. It features some of the most magnificent beaches and the calm emerald waters are ideal for diving lovers. In fact, you can encounter some aquatic species such as dolphins, sea turtles and various types of fish. Fernando de Noronha is a thoroughly protected spot for its pristine environment which makes it a dream come true for nature enthusiasts.

2. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles (tie)

This eternal paradise has been voted as the ‘best beach in the world’ by numerous travel shows around the world. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world thanks to its completely stunning beauty. This charming beach offers a natural wonder not often seen, so if you are looking for the ultimate beach experience, head to the Seychelles and prepare to be amazed.

2. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia (tie)

There are dozens of candidates for the mantle of Australia’s best beach, but for picture-postcard, sheer drop-dead gorgeousness Whitehaven is pretty special. Imagine super-fine, white silica sand surrounded by warm, clear, azure waters sandwiched between tropical forest with various islands dotted around in the distance. Just make sure you come for longer than a day (the preferred option) as once the day cruisers have left you can walk around here or curl up under the shade of the forest and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. It´s quite a trek getting to Whitehaven, the surf isn´t up to much and for half the year you have to wear a stinger suit to swim in the sea – but these are small prices to pay for such beauty. Sunglasses are a essential at this beach because the sand is really white.

Where to stay: The only way to stay near the beach is to camp: a permit is needed from Airlie Beach town on the mainland.

4. Boracay, Philippines (tie)

It’s no wonder why the Philippines is considered by so many one of the best places to travel to. The proof is in its picture-perfect beaches. Boracay is an island in the Philippines that located about 200 miles south of Manila and 2 kms from the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Visayas Region in Philippines. Boracay has become a favourite tourist destination because of its fine powdery white sand, clear warm water and lovely weather. Boracay is a vacationer’s haven! It’s the perfect place to forget your worries, relax and enjoy the natural, splendid scenery. In 1990, it was elected by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by the British publication TV Quick as the world’s number one tropical beach.

4. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii (tie)

Lanikai, which means “heavenly sea”, is located in the Southeast part of Hawaii. This secluded but inviting beach has a mile long stretch of soft, powdered sand and crystal clear waters. Ideal for snorkeling and kayaking fans but laid-back visitors who just want to feel the sun shine on and bathe in warm water won’t ever be disappointed. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect vacationing spot in Hawaii, don’t miss out on Lanikai

6. Maldives

The best calm beach in the world. Beautiful, quiet, modern and secluded. The very rare combination found on the beaches in the world.

7. Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain

Mention Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.

Locals call this their “Caribbean beach”, and the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe the comparison … until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood.

Where to stay: Camping Islas Cíes is open Easter week and June-September.

Source: The Guardian, Flightsite.co.za, Travelbeach.com, Thatstopten.com, mostinterestingfacts.com,
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Top 7 Largest Countries

I’m sure for anyone who is interested in the “Top 7” list, would like to have some information about geography like which are the largest and/or the most populated countries. Taking this into consideration, starting today and from time to time we we will start publishing some post about these topics. For me, the first one will have to be the Top 7 Largest Countries in the World:

7. India

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Area (sqm): 3 287 263

% of total: 2.3%

Population: 1,195 740 000 people

Rank: 2

% of total: 17.3%

6. Australia

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Area (sqm): 7 692 024

% of total: 5.2%

Population: 22 601 000 people

Rank: 49

% of total: 0.32%

5. Brazil

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Area (sqm): 8 514 877

% of total: 5.7%

Population: 190 732 694 people

Rank: 5

% of total: 2.76%

4. China

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Area (sqm): 9 596 961

% of total: 6.4%

Population: 1,341 000 000 people

Rank: 1

% of total: 19.41%

3. United States of America

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Area (sqm): 9 629 091

% of total: 6.5%

Population: 311 047 000 people

Rank: 3

% of total: 4.5%

2. Canada

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Area (sqm): 9 984 670

% of total: 6.7%

Population: 34 397 000 people

Rank: 36

% of total: 0.5%

1. Russia

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Area (sqm): 17 098 242

% of total: 11.5%

Population: 141 914 509 people

Rank: 9

% of total: 2.05%

Source: Wikipedia, Aneki.com, nationsonline.org, mapsoftheworld.com

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