Do Ethical Billionaires Exist? with Swatee Deepak

Swatee Deepak is a consultant who works with private and public foundations in strategy development and design, with individuals and families of wealth on their redistribution strategies and oversees a portfolio of businesses and start-ups across philanthropy, socially minded businesses and the arts.

Together, without our friends Ruby and Devi we co-founded Remember Who Made Them, a campaign and podcast championing a new solidarity economy in fashion. Swatee is a guest lecturer for Columbia University, The London College of Fashion, is on the bench of Stanford University's Global Center for Gender Equality and is a Practitioner in Residence for LSE's Marshall Institute.


She is a founding member of several collectives working across philanthropy and social justice movements including Closer Than You Think, Healing Solidarity and Shake the Table and is a Board Director of the Global Fund for Children and EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation.

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Useful links:

On billionaires

Forbes 2022 Billionaires list

Hassan Minhaj: Why Billionaires won't save us

Oxfam: Inequality Kills, The unparalleled action needed to combat unprecedented inequality in the wake of COVID-19

On how philanthropy is involved in and can help counter the roll backs in human rights

Global Philanthropy Project's report into how $6.2bn was spent to roll back gender rights globally

The right hates feminists because we want freedom, here's how to fight back

Our campaign

Remember Who Made Them

On Patagonia

NextCity Webinar on understanding Patagonia and Perpetual Purpose Trusts

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This episode was hosted and produced by Venetia La Manna. It was edited by Nada Smiljanic. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth.

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