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Scotland’s most generous

This list is about 4 years old
 

With huge wealth comes huge responsibility. Here we reveal the wealthy Scots who give most to good causes

Marquess of Bute

Marquess of Bute

Inheritance

Worth: £147m

Donations: £9.1m

Causes: Mount Stuart and Bute Estates

JK Rowling

JK Rowling

Author

Worth: £700m

Donations £20.4m

Causes: women, children, medical research

Sir Brian Souter and Ann Gloag

Sir Brian Souter and Ann Gloag

Transport

Worth £825m

Donations: £19.5m

Causes: social, religious, humanitarian, drug addiction

Sir Ian Wood

Sir Ian Wood

Oil services

Worth: £1.7bn

Donations: £29.1m

Causes: community, education, regional, humanitarian

Sir Tom Hunter

Sir Tom Hunter

Venture capitalist

Worth: £580m

Donations: £7.2m

Causes: education, child poverty, social

Sir David Murray and Family

Sir David Murray and Family

Steel and property

Worth: £126m

Donations: £1.5m

Causes: health

Alastair Salvesen

Alastair Salvesen

Distribution and transport

Worth: £520m

Donations: £6m

Education, sport, health, arts, science, children

Sir Andy Murray

Sir Andy Murray

Tennis

Worth: £83m

Donations: £0.7m

Causes: children, community, social

Colin and Chris Weir

Colin and Chris Weir

Lottery winners

Worth: £151m

Donations: £0.5m

Causes: health, sport, culture, leisure, animal welfare

The Thomson Family

The Thomson Family

Media ​

Worth: £1.4bn

Donations: £3m

Causes: various

 

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Gordon Liddle
almost 4 years ago
You list the Marquess of Bute as one of Scotland's most generous and then tell us he donates only to his own house (trust?) and his own private estates (trust?) He is in my view giving to his own means of quite lawfully not paying tax. That is not wrong but it is not generous.
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James
almost 4 years ago
When you look at the giving as a % of their wealth they are far from Scotland's most generous. The Weir's for example gave £0.5M. This is a small fraction of the interest they will be receiving on their wealth. There are a lot more people who should classed as most generous as they give a lot more of a % of their wealth. People on this list could be doing so much more and should not be classed as the most generous. They maybe give the most money but that is a very different thing from being generous and giving a significant part of your wealth to help people in need. .
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Gordon Liddle
almost 4 years ago
You state that the Marquess of Bute is amongst Scotland's most generous and then tell us that recipients of his generosity are his own house and lands, which may be in trust for tax reasons but that is a technicality. It is, I am sure, perfectly legal as a process but his supporting it cannot be described as generosity.