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Celebrity AIDS Fundraisers, From Liz Taylor to Bill Gates

The Daily Beast looks into the top nine celebrity HIV/AIDS fundraisers.

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Clockwise from top left: Getty Images; Win McNamee / Getty Images; Theo Wargo / Getty Images for iHeartRadio; Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

The Nine Top Celebrity AIDS fundraisers

To highlight the global impact of World AIDS Day, The Daily Beast runs down nine of the top celebrity HIV/AIDS fundraisers. When possible, we looked at the most recent tax forms available for the foundations founded by or closely linked to each celebrity. For our final ranking we added the total grant dollars doled out from 2007 to 2010, and the total direct program dollars from 2008 to 2010. For the celebrities and their foundations for which tax returns were not available, or not solely linked to HIV/AIDS causes, we used media reports to make an estimate for the total dollars put toward fighting HIV/AIDS since 2007. Not all the celebrities on this list are alive, but their fame and longstanding commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS still raises awareness for their foundations.

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Annie Lennox

Organization: SING Campaign

Involvement: Founder

Grant dollars ’07–’10: N/A

Program dollars ’08’10: N/A

Total: at least $1.6 million

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Magic Johnson

Organization: Magic Johnson Foundation

Involvement: Founder

Grant dollars ’07’10: $1.7 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $2.7 million

Total: $4.3 million

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Alicia Keys

Organization: Keep a Child Alive

Involvement: Co-founder

Grant dollars ’07’10: $8.9 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $4.3 million

Total: $13.2 million

 

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Elton John

Organization: Elton John AIDS Foundation

Involvement: Founder

Grant dollars ’07’10: $25.2 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $2.8 million

Total: $28 million

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Lady Gaga

Organization: MAC AIDS Fund

Involvement: Product spokesperson

Grant dollars ’07’10: N/A

Program dollars ’08’10: N/A

Total: approximately $50 million

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Elizabeth Taylor

Organizations:  The Foundation for AIDS research and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Involvement: Founder

Grant dollars ’07’10: $25.1 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $39.3 million

Total: $64.3 million

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Elizabeth Glaser

Organization: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Involvement: Founder

Grant dollars ’07’10: $198 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $192 million

Total: $390 million

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Bill and Melinda Gates

Organization:     Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Involvement: Co-founders

Grant dollars ’07’10: N/A

Program dollars ’08’10: N/A

Total: at least $762 million

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Ashley Judd

Organization: PSI

Involvement: Board member since 2004

Grant dollars ’07’10: $90.6 million

Program dollars ’08’10: $743 million

Total: $834 million