Aliko Dangote is not just Africa’s richest man, he is also popular for giving a substantial part of his money away to the needy.

The philanthropic gesture of the President of the Dangote Group has earned him a spot as the sixth most charitable man in the world.

The recognition came from Richtopia, a United Kingdom-based digital periodical that covers business, economic and financial news.

Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and J.K Rowlings occupied the first three positions, while Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk were in the fourth and fifth positions.

Aside from Dangote, the Chairman, United Bank for Africa Plc, Tony Elumelu, was 11th on the list, making him the second Nigerian in the top 15.

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Dangote recently endowed his Aliko Dangote Foundation to the tune of $1.25 billion.

The foundation was started in 1981 with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities.

It was, however, incorporated in 1994 as a charity in Lagos. Twenty years later, it has become the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor.

The primary focus of the Aliko Dangote Foundation is health and nutrition, supported by wrap-around interventions in education, empowerment and humanitarian relief, a statement said.

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