If you spend any time exploring the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Huntington Library, or any of the famed installations along L.A.’s Miracle Mile, you’re enjoying the contributions of local philanthropists. More than just art and culture, though, philanthropy is central to the community’s healthcare services, housing, after-school programs, and other essential services. These services are made possible by thousands of generous benefactors, but there are three local philanthropists in particular whose generosity is proving invaluable in the 21st century.
Dr. Andy Khawaja
Dr. Andy Khawaja is the founder of Allied Wallet, a leading provider of merchant services and payment gateway solutions. Worth an estimated $18 billion, Khawaja isn’t afraid to contribute large sums of money to causes he believes in. He was raised in Beirut during the height of the Lebanese Civil War, and he understands firsthand the devastation of armed conflict. That’s why he contributes passionately to causes like Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross, and UNICEF. He also supports a number of child development charities and causes including the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) and After-School All Stars.
Best known to local sports fans as a minority owner of the Lakers, Patrick Soon-Shiong is a professor, surgeon, investor, and entrepreneur who has arguably made more strides in cancer research than any other medical professional in recent years. He’s the CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, National LambdaRail, and the Healthcare Transformation Institute. Through his own organizations and charitable contributions, he has pushed for increased healthcare accessibility, greater affordability for life-saving drugs, and increased funding for cancer research, all within the Los Angeles community.
L.A. native Joe Liebke has built a real estate empire in Los Angeles. As CEO of The Lux Group, Inc. and founder of the luxury villa marketplace Villaway, he understands the housing landscape better than most. His passion for real estate also extends to his charitable endeavors, which are focused on providing affordable housing for all who are in need of it. Liebke is the founder and executive director of Hollywood House, a nonprofit organization that aids Habitat for Humanity. Through his efforts, Liebke is taking an active role in addressing one of L.A.’s most pressing problems: the ever-increasing struggle for low-income Angelenos to find affordable housing.