Actor Vivek Oberoi was recognized for his charity work towards health, education and disaster relief with a mention in the prestigious Forbes Asian Heroes of Philanthropy list. Vivek, 34, is the youngest individual and the only Bollywood actor acknowledged in the listing.
The list shines the spotlight on some of the Asia-Pacific’s high-profile and interesting givers to society. Four philanthropists were picked from each of the 12 markets in the region, making it a total of 48 being celebrated this year. Other Indians joining Vivek in this illustrious list are Shiv Nadar of HCL Technologies, Azim Premji of Wipro and Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao of GMR Group. Other Notable global names on the list are of celebrity Jackie Chan and Chinese entrepreneur Cho Tak Wong of automotive glass maker Fuyao Group.
Vivek Oberoi leverages his star power to give back to society through his various foundations and causes like the Yashodhara Oberoi Foundation started in 2002, Project Hope for the tsunami victims, Project Devi, Cancer Patients Aid Association and Banyan which looks into the rehabilitation of homeless women with mental illness. The actor has donated $ 3 million to date and helped raise $ 25 million to support numerous charities dealing with civic and social issues.