Oprah spent $50.2 million for education, health care, and women and children advocacy last year, topping The Giving Back Fund's list of celebrity donors.
Oprah has not one, but two foundations to help her share her estimated net worth of $1 billion — Oprah's Angel Network and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
She topped a few other lists this year, too. Oprah came in as the highest paid person on TV, and No. 1 on Forbes Most Powerful List. It's refreshing to see that the most powerful person is also the most generous star!
To see the top four runners-up,
- No. 2 Herb Alpert The trumpeter and A&M records co-founder gave $13 million to education.
- No. 3 Barbra Streisand: She gave $11 million to the environment, women's issues, civil rights, and AIDS research.
- No. 4 Paul Newman: He gave $10 million to the Scholarship for Kenyon College, his alma mater.
- No. 5 Mel Gibson: He gave $9.9 million to his church, the Holy Family Church.