Rich List

The Church of England - - Comment -

Read­ers of the Sun­day Times rich list may have been sur­prised to see that the tenth big­gest giver to char­i­ta­ble causes is Lord Edmiston, just be­low Sir El­ton John and ahead of Jonathan Ruf­fer, the man who saved the Zur­bu­ran paint­ings at Durham Cas­tle. Lord Edmiston is re­ported as giv­ing away 8.12 per cent of his wealth to re­li­gious causes. Chris­tian Vi­sion, which sup­ports a num­ber of web­sites and TV chan­nels around the world, is a ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary. Through its ‘Touch a Bil­lion’ cam­paign it aims to use me­dia for­mats from good old-fash­ioned steam ra­dio to so­cial me­dia and mo­bile phones to spread the gospel around the world. Through the ‘Im­pact a Na­tion’ pro­gramme Chris­tian Vi­sion seeks to train lo­cal lead­ers in the UK to make an im­pact in their com­mu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion, church de­vel­op­ment, hu­man­i­tar­ian projects and in other ways. Edmiston is a con­vinced evan­gel­i­cal who has ap­peared on the Sun­day Times rich list for a num­ber of years. He made his for­tune through IM group, a car im­porter, and IM Prop­er­ties. He sits in the House of Lords as a Con­ser­va­tive peer and op­posed gay mar­riage. Hu­man­ists have at­tacked acad­e­mies he has spon­sored for fol­low­ing po­lices sim­i­lar to those laid down in the re­pealed Sec­tion 28 leg­is­la­tion which banned the pro­mo­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

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