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Houston: Seven Indians, including three Infosys co-founders and a Dubai-based education entrepreneur, feature in the latest Forbes Asia edition in a new group of philanthropists from 13 countries for their noteworthy contributions.

Infosys co-founders Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekani and SD Shibulal feature in the Forbes Asia’s 9th list of philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region for their individual contributions to health and education sectors.

Rohan, son of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, also feature in the list. He donated a whopping $5.2 million to Harvard University Press for promoting ancient Indian literary classics. He represents his father as a philanthropist.

Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey also features in the list. In June 2015, Varkey was in the news for his pledge to donate half his fortune worth $2.25 billion as charity in response to the Giving Pledge Initiative, led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Based in Dubai, Varkey is the founder of GEMS Education, a chain of 70 private schools in 14 countries. He has already been featured in Forbes’ list of top Indian philanthropists.

The two others are India-born brothers Suresh Ramakrishnan and Mahesh Ramakrishnan. Both are London-based entrepreneurs and are founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury Tailors on London’s Saville Row. Their’s is an exemplary case of Indian philanthropy, which is a whopping donation of $3 million for training of more than 4,000 people in tailoring across India. The people who benefited from their benevolence are the victims of the 2004 tsunami and “ill-fated" women.

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