Anil Agarwal

Executive chairman

The 60-year-old metals magnate has pledged three-quarters of his wealth to educate and provide nutrition to India’s underprivileged children. He plans to model his efforts after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to support initiatives in education, health and population control. Last year, 3.7 million people in 2,200 villages benefitted from his company’s community programmes, which also helps empower rural women.

Company:

Vedanta Resources

Net worth:

US$3.6 billion