Jewish philanthropist gives £6,000 to each Chilean miner

Leonardo Farkas

Leonardo Farkas

A Chilean Jewish businessman has announced that he is donating more than £6,000 to each of the 33 miners trapped underneath the Atacama Desert.

Leonardo Farkas, a philanthropist with stakes in the mining industry, has written cheques in each of the trapped miners’ names. The 53-year-old, who is of Hungarian descent, has also launched a fund for others to donate to.

In 2008 Mr Farkas gave nearly £100,000 to a children’s charity.

Nineteen men have been pulled out of the San Jose gold and copper mine so far, which lies 7000m below the ground. The ordeal has lasted 69 days.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has given each miner an iPod, while Real Madrid footballer David Villa has sent them signed football shirts.

Last updated: 9:38am, October 14 2010