It's probably safe to say that there are not many like Bob Edmiston in this list.
The 58-year-old Pentecostal Christian entrepreneur has announced he wants to give away £300 million to good causes.
In 2003 he gave £27 million to charity and more in 2004.
His total donations to charity have now topped £100 million but he says his aim is to treble that.
In January 2005 construction is scheduled to start on a city academy in Chelmsley Wood, part of Solihull borough.
Mr Edmiston is giving £2 million towards the total of £25 million required for the new school that is planned to replace the under-performing Whitesmore School.
He has also revealed ambitions to help build two more such schools after the Government announced plans to increase the number of private sector-sponsored city academies from the current 12 to 200 by 2010.
The funding comes from his car importing business IM Group and IM Properties and both are significant contributors to his own charity Christian Vision.
This year IM Group saw profits before charitable donations rise from £14.7 million to £20.3 million.
The distributor of Daihatsu, Isuzu and Subaru vehicles and Ssangyong parts which it imports into the UK enjoyed a record year.
As did IM Properties, based near Warwick.
Established in 1987, IM Properties now has one of the largest privately held portfolios of property in Britain, across the industrial, retail, commercial and residential sectors, with assets of £375 million and a further £200 million under management.
It made profits of £39 million before charitable donations, up from £20.8 million, a figure helped by a £27.9 million profit on selling properties, up from £11.4 million.
Highlights of the year included acquisitions in the south-east of landmark buildings in Berkshire and Surrey, and in Reading IM Properties invested £50.5 million and in Guildford, £38.75 million, in major offices schemes, both fully let to large companies with long unexpired leases.
Since acquiring these properties the office market has improved so the company is already showing a profit on these investments.
Also within the group's portfolio are two business parks totalling 600 acres alongside the M42 at Coleshill and Tamworth.
In 2004 the company purchased the Guildhall Shopping Centre, the prime retail scheme in Exeter, for £44.5 million on behalf of Christian Vision, and in its role as asset managers, IM Properties sold a 26,863 sq ft landmark office building in Colmore Row, Birmingham, for £10.5 million.
The Funding Corporation, an independent finance firm funded by Barclays and IM Group, is on target to lend a total of £1Êbillion in its first five years of business.
The Chester-based firm made operating profits of more than £1.5 million to December 2003, in its second year of trading, on sales of £48 million. Loans exceeded £135 million, up 210 per cent on 2002.
We can expect greater contributions from this source in the future.
Christian Vision, which almost seems to be the the sole raison d'etre for all this automotive and property activity, is based in West Bromwich and aims to touch one billion people through a mixture of radio stations broadcasting 24/7 religious programming to Zambia, Mozambique, East Timor and Australia. Similar studios operate out of Miami and in Chile.
The charity's latest projects include sending missionaries to Angola, East Timor and Mozambique.
Given the continuing success of both his principal companies, we estimate his fortune now at £500 million, given that any new owner would most probably not be making charitable donations of quite such a magnitude every year.