More than any other industry, the tech sector has the ability to create multimillionaires, and even billionaires, almost overnight. We saw this most recently when WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton sold their company to Facebook, netting them $6.8 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively. And while it may take some time before we get a good idea of what they plan to do with their newfound wealth, there are plenty of other tech philanthropists out there giving away millions, some who are well-established, and others who are just starting.
Every year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy produces a valuable list of the 50 largest donors, but these numbers don't necessarily help us understand an individual's overall giving, nor do they really measure generosity. So instead of looking strictly at the size of an individual's donations, we've come up with a more robust approach. We use relative generosity as our main criteria here, looking at what percentage of their wealth a person has given away.
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