Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Bollywood mogul Ronnie Screwvala are among the most generous people in the Asia Pacific, according to a Forbes Asia list of the region’s philanthropic heroes.

The annual list, compiled by the magazine for a seventh year, features 48 of the region’s most prominent altruists and will appear in its June 10 issue.

Four each were chosen from 12 markets in the region – Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

“We feature biotech entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, who’s working to improve cancer care in India,” Forbes Asia’s John Koppisch said in a statement on its website.

Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman of Biocon, was honoured for her work in trying to provide good-quality cancer treatment and affordable care as well as pledging to give away three-fourths of her wealth, estimated at $625 million by Forbes last year.