When it comes to giving back, nobody does it quite like Oprah Winfrey.
The 56-year-old has once again risen to the top of The Giving Back Fund’s annual list of charitable celebrities; having donated a staggering $40 million in 2009. Following Oprah at number two is romance novelist Nora Roberts ($4.45m), and Meryl Streep ($4m) at number three.
Last year, it was Paul Newman in the top spot, knocking out Oprah for the first time with a $20M bequeathment at the time of his death to a variety of charities focused on education, the environment, health, human services, and more. Brad and Angelina came in second with gifts of over $13M — while Oprah was somewhere around $2.4M. Quite the jump from 2008 to 2009!
According to its web site, The Giving Back Fund is a national charitable organization that supports philanthropic causes and philanthropists, including those in the entertainment industries. It uses tax and media information along with conversations with celeb representatives for its list.
It said that more than $79 million dollars were donated by celebrities for various causes in the nation.