(Adds background on Winfrey charity para 10, clarifies ranking)
LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters Life!) - She's been named as
the highest-paid TV celebrity and one of the world's most
powerful women, but American talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is
also a big giver, topping a list of the 30 most generous
celebrities for the second year running.
The second annual list, compiled by The Giving Back Fund, a
group that seeks to encourage philanthropy, put Oprah in the
top slot with The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah's Angel
Network spending $50.2 million in 2007 on education, health
care, and advocacy for women and children worldwide.
Second place on the list, published in the latest edition
of Parade magazine, went to trumpeter and A&M records
co-founder Herb Alpert with The Herb Alpert Foundation spending
$13 million on education, including the UCLA Herb Alpert School
Singer-actress Barbra Streisand came third in the list that
was based on public records of donations made in 2007, with $11
million donated by The Streisand Foundation to the environment,
women's issues, civil rights, AIDS research, and advocacy.
Fourth place went to Paul Newman who gave $10 million to
the Scholarship for Kenyon College, his alma mater in Gambier,
Ohio, while Mel Gibson was in the fifth slot, giving $9.9
million to the Holy Family Church in Malibu, California.
Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who run The
Jolie-Pitt Foundation that has been actively involved in
rebuilding New Orleans and refugee aid, were at number six.
There was a three-way tie at number seven between cyclist
Lance Armstrong, whose foundation raises money for cancer
research, former basketball player Michael Jordan giving $5
million to an African-American all-boys school in Chicago, and
Canada's ex-ice hockey player Eric Lindros who donated $5
million to a Canadian hospital where he was treated.
Rounding out the top 10 was talk radio host Rush Limbaugh
who gave $4.2 million to children of marines and
law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Marc Pollick, president of the Los Angeles-based fund, said
The Giving Back 30 list was set up to encourage by example, as
people could not help but be influenced by the generosity of
Winfrey is a former Bob Hope Humanitarian Award winner, but
her girls' academy in South Africa made headlines last year
after a former dormitory matron was charged with abusing
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)
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