Bill Gates, Elton John Top List of Clinton Foundation Supporters

Since its creation in 2001, the William J. Clinton Foundation has received some of its biggest gifts from high-profile philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Elton John, reports.

Over the past ten years, the public foundation created by former U.S. president Bill Clinton has received donations ranging from $1 million to $25 million from the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates, Elton John AIDS, and Broad foundations as well as the Children's Investment Fund. While the Clinton Foundation isn't required to disclose the amount it receives from donors, a spokesman for the foundation said EJAF has given between $5 million and $10 million over the years, while the Broad Foundation and FundaciĆ³n Telmex, one of Mexican multibillionaire Carlos Slim's foundations, each have contributed between $1 million and $5 million.

In 2011, more than half the 20,400 donations the foundation received were of less than $250, with the median gift about $50. The gifts, combined with the seven- and eight-figure donations, helped the foundation recover some of the $17 million in support and commitments it lost after the collapse of one of its top donors, Lehman Brothers Holdings, in 2008.

"Each of [the donations has] helped improve lives and communities all over the world," said Clinton, "proving that gifts of any amount can make a significant impact."

Patrick Cole. "Gates, Elton John, Carlos Slim Boost Clinton Foundation in 2011." 01/04/2012.