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Why millionaires are giving away their wealth

Ecosystem Building | Nov 17, 2017

This story was selected by TOI Guest Editor Bill Gates.
BENGALURU: “I didn’t know I was going to become this rich,” says philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, when asked what moves her to give, “but when it became clear that I would come into money, I
wanted to do good.” The first chunk of Rs 100 crore that she got from the sale of Infosys shares in 2013 went entirely into Arghyam Foundation that works on water and sanitation, which she set up in 2001.

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