The fifth Infosys co-founder, NR Narayana Murthy, is represented on the list by his son Rohan for donating $5.2 million to Harvard University Press for the promotion of ancient Indian literary classics.
The other Indians on the list are London-based brothers Suresh and Mahesh Ramakrishnan, founders of Whitcomb & Shaftesbury tailors on London's Saville Row. The brothers have spent nearly $3 million to train more than 4,000 people in tailoring over the past decade in India.
Beneficiaries include fishermen hurt by the 2004 tsunami as well as destitute and abused women. For the first time, the list features a philanthropist from Nepal. Billionaire Binod K. Chaudhary has been supporting rebuilding efforts in the country ever since the April earthquake. He has pledged $2.5 million for the rebuilding of homes and schools in the Himalayan nation.