The richest 1,000 people in the UK gave £2.66bn to charity over the past year, an increase of almost £80m on the previous year, according to The Sunday Times Giving List.
Almost a fifth of the 1,000 people on The Sunday Times Rich List, which will be published next weekend, have donated at least £1m to charity in the past 12 months, with the giving list, which is ordered according to the percentage of their overall wealth given away to charity, showing the top 200 donors to charity.
Lord Sainsbury topped this year’s giving list for the second year running, making donations worth £203.2m, equivalent to 40 per cent of his overall worth.
Numerous celebrities gave significant sums to charity, with the musician Sir Elton John and the author JK Rowling the most generous included on the list.
John gave away £26.8m in the past year, which mainly went to his Aids foundations in the UK and the US, and Rowling gave £10.3m to her two charities – the Lumos Foundation and the Volant Charitable Trust, the list shows.
Other prominent celebrities on the giving list include the musician Ringo Starr, who gave £6.4m, the footballer David Beckham, who donated £5m, and the golfer Colin Montgomerie, who gave £4.5m.
The overall top 10 includes in second place the former industrial magnate Mike Uren, who made donations worth £51.9m – equivalent to 31 per cent of his overall wealth.
In third and seventh respectively were Jamie Cooper-Hohn, who gave away £91.7m, or 27.2 per cent of her wealth, and her ex-husband Sir Chris Hohn, who donated the same amount, or 13.83 per cent of his wealth.
The rest of the top 10, in order, include the Wolfson Foundation chair Dame Janet de Botton, the property financier Richard Ross, the property and construction businessman Sir Martin Laing, the Conservative peer Lord Wolfson, the car dealership owner Sir Peter Vardy and the financier Jonathan Ruffer.
Overall, the giving list’s top 10 gave between 40.1 per cent and 11.4 per cent of their wealth to charity.
The list shows that there are 32 billionaires among the top 200 givers on the list.