David and Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne give it up for charity – WWD
LONDON – The Sunday Times of London unmasked some of Britain’s greatest philanthropists, including the former owners of Selfridges, the Weston family; David and Victoria Beckham; Cara Delevingne, Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek.
The newspaper published The Giving List alongside its annual Rich List, ranking donors by what percentage of overall wealth they gave in the past year, and to what causes.
Many have donated to COVID-19-related charities in the wake of the pandemic, while the newspaper also noted that the 2022 list includes more climate change activists than ever before.
In addition to COVID-19, the fashion world has focused on various causes over the past 12 months, including health, education and Ukraine.
Lewis Hamilton, who has worked with Tommy Hilfiger in the past and is an investor in W Magazine, ranked number five on The Giving List, donating £20m of his £300m fortune to charities charities for youth, education and employment.
The Weston family, which sold Selfridges Group last year but still owns Fortnum & Mason, the parent company of Primark, Associated British Foods and Holt Renfrew in Canada, came in at number 24. The family donated 182 £.5 million to COVID-19 causes, education and the arts.
The family’s net worth has risen by £2.5billion to £13.5billion over the past year, making them the eighth richest entry on the 2022 rich list.
For the annual Rich List, The Sunday Times makes its own calculations of the minimum wealth of individuals and families based on public domain information.
It ranks the 250 richest people living and working in Britain (not necessarily British citizens) and also splits smaller lists including the richest musicians and charity donors.
Number 35 on The Giving List was Delevingne, who is worth an estimated £41million, and who donated £400,000 to environmental causes. Last year, she set up her local charity, Initiative Earth, which helps people regenerate their local ecosystems and communities.
Harry Styles, musician, fashion lover and founder of new beauty brand Pleasing, was listed at number 37. He has donated £800,000 of his £100million fortune to ‘various causes’, according to the log.
David and Victoria Beckham were ranked at 65 on The Giving List, with a £1million donation to Ukraine following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country earlier this year.
The Beckhams’ wealth has been estimated at £425million by The Sunday Times, thanks in part to David’s recent deal with Authentic Brands Group.
The Beckhams do not feature in the top 250 of the ranking, although their wealth exceeds that of other celebrities including Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, whose fortune is less than 400 million pounds.
Tied for number 92 on the gift list are Pinault and Hayek and father and son diamond jewelry moguls Laurence and Francois Graff.
The Kering Group owner and his actress wife sit on an estimated £7.13billion fortune and have donated £5.5million to COVID-19 and other humanitarian causes.
The Graffs, who ranked 56th on the 2022 rich list, have an estimated wealth of £3bn and have donated £2.6m to COVID-19, poverty relief and charities African health organizations over the past year.