June 15, 2020, 11:20 a.m. EDT

Business Executives Offer Large Donations to Fight Covid-19

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Note: This story has been updated on June 15 to reflect new donors .

Some of the biggest names in the world of business have donated to fund research, pay for personal protective equipment for hospitals, and help victims suffering during the Covid-19 crisis. Here is a list of who’s donated.

Keep an eye on this page for updates as the crisis continues.

  • Fast-fashion pioneer Amancio Ortega has spent nearly €63 million ( US$68 million) on medical equipment for the Spanish Health System, including 1,450 ventilators, 3 million filter masks and 1 million testing kits.

  • Iron and steel billionaire Alisher Usmanov has donated a total of $168.2 million toward the fight against coronavirus both in his native Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation.

  • U2 drummer  Larry Mullen Jr  has donated  $100,000 to the Navajo Nation's coronavirus relief fund.

  • Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim donated $1 million worth of meals for frontline healthcare workers. The donation was made under the initiative Food for Frontline

  • Zhang Yiming , founder of social media app TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, has pledged $10 million to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a project founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Equity Group  CEO J ames Mwangi is donating Sh300 million (US$2.82 million) to aid in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, making the payout the largest philanthropic personal gift by a Kenyan.

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has donated 60 tons of personal protective equipment to the U.K.'s National Health Service.

  • Author JK Rowling is donating £1 million (US$1.25 million) to help homeless people and those affected by domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dhanin Chearavanont, a Thai billionaire businessman and senior chairman of CP Group, Thailand's largest private company, has donated over THB700 million baht (US$21.6 million) to fund the company's projects to fight the spread of Covid-19.

  • Bidzina Ivanishvili , billionaire and the ex-prime minister of Georgia, has donated GEL100 million (US $32 million) to the StopCoV Fund. The StopCov Fund was created by the Georgian government to accumulate funds to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin owns just over a third of nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel, which has pledged about $142 million on relief efforts. The funds will be used to purchase medical equipment, medicine, and PPE for healthcare institutions, and for Norilsk Nickel’s employees and businesses.

  • Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is donating 1 million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across the United States.

  • Mary Oppenheimer, the daughter of the late mining magnate Harry Oppenheimer, and her daughters will be donating ZAR1 billion (US$52 million) to a solidarity fund aimed at fighting the coronavirus.

  • Nicky Oppenheimer, a South African billionaire businessman and philanthropist, donated ZAR1 billion to prop up the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Johann Rupert, a South African-born entrepreneur, and CEO of Compagnie Financiere Richemont,  is donating ZAR1 billion to help South African small businesses and their workers cope with the economic carnage brought on by the pandemic.

  • Los Angeles billionaire Jeff Skoll, who focuses his philanthropic work on pandemics, will put $100 million into his foundation to fight the spread of Covid-19.

  • Beyonce ’s BeyGood teams up with Jack Dorsey ’s #startsmall to donate $6 million to local community-based organizations and the National Alliance in Mental Health to improve mental health.

  • Steel tycoon Viktor Rashnikov is providing approximately $6.8 million to healthcare and relief efforts in Magnitogorsk, Russia. The fund has been used to purchase ventilators, give tablets and laptops for students and teachers. and provide seniors who live on their own with food and PPE.

  • David Tepper , owner of the Carolina Panthers and founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami Beach, Fla. has given $22 million to relief efforts.

  • Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, is donating $12.5 million to his country's coronavirus relief efforts—and that's on top of the $3.1 million he gave in March.

  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin have donated $30 million to Gavi Alliance, a nonprofit immunization organization started by Bill and Melinda Gates.

  • Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, a Russian industralist, and the founder of Basic Element, one of Russia’s largest industrial groups and Volnoe Delo, Russia’s largest charitable foundation, has spent around US$19 million to help with coronavirus relief efforts in Russia.  He is financing the construction of seven hospitals for Covid-19 patients in Russia, donated 14 ventilators, as well as fully-equipped ambulances and personal protection equipment (including over 1 million masks) to 12 Russian regions including his hometown Ust-Labinsk in the South of Russia. He is also sourcing 250,000 COVID-19 tests from China to Russia.

  • Len Blavatnik, a British-American businessman, investor, and philanthropist, has donated $6.5 million through The Blavatnik Family Foundation to hospitals and numerous charitable organizations to provide support and assistance in connection with the coronavirus crisis.

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