David Sainsbury

  • Joined the Giving Pledge: 02/19/2013 - Read the Letter
  • Estimated Net Worth: $1.08 billion
  • Forbes Rank: #1268
  • Industry: Retail sales
  • Born: 1940
  • Residence: London, UK

David Sainsbury (Baron Sainsbury of Turville) is a British businessman and politician. He formerly served as Chairman of Sainsbury's, his family's supermarket chain. He was made a life peer in 1997, and currently sits in the British House of Lords as a member of the Labour Party. He served in the government as the Minister for Science and Innovation from 1998 to 2006. He was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2011.

The approach of my wife, Susie, and I to philanthropy is very simple. We do not believe that spending any more money on ourselves or our family would add anything to our happiness. However, using it to support social progress we have found deeply fulfilling. We focus on a few areas which require investment and which we care about deeply, and seeing these projects develop and bring major benefits to people has been a life-enhancing experience.

David Sainsbury

Giving Interests

Africa; Arts; Business school education; Education; Engineering; Health Care; International Development; Mental health, crisis services; Science; United Kingdom; United States

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