As a young boy in Zambia, Dr. Kiran Patel first witnessed the power of philanthropy and the difference one can make in the world from his father, who was always helping those in need. He understood that “a penny saved is a penny earned, and one should drop it where it makes the maximum impact.” A master negotiator and aggressive entrepreneur, Patel has evolved from being a distinguished cardiologist to a successful businessman, health insurance provider, hotelier, and community leader. In 2003, Dr. Patel turned his attention to the family’s many philanthropic interests under the Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and funds programs in health, education, arts, and culture on multiple continents. Through his personal donations, gifts from the Patel Foundation for Global Understanding and the Patel Family Foundation, Dr. Patel has become Tampa Bay’s most prominent and prolific philanthropist, and the impact of his extraordinary generosity is evident here in our community and across the globe.