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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Giving Pledge

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in America to make a commitment to give most of their money to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically targets billionaires and was made public in 2010 by American billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

i was really shocked and surprised also happy of this thing, billionaires are giving away a LOT of money and i mean it when i say a lot to help people.

and as i quote from Wikipedia:

"The official website states that it "is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy." As of December 2010, 57 billionaires in the US have joined this campaign and pledged to give 50% or more of their wealth to charity.[1][2][3] A minimum total of at least $125 billion has been promised from the first 40 donors based on their aggregate wealth as of August 2010.[4]"


1. Paul G. Allen (Co-founder of Microsoft, worth approx. $12.7b)
2. Laura and John Arnold (Former Enron trader, $4b)
3. Nicolas Berggruen (Founder of Berggruen Holdings, 2.2b)*
4. Michael R. Bloomberg (Financial services, $18b)
5. Eli and Edythe Broad (Founders of The Broad Foundations, $5.2b)
6. Warren Buffett (Investment, $45b)
7. Steve and Jean Case (Former CEO of AOL, $1.1b)*
8. Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong (CEO of Abraxis, $5.6b)
9. Lee and Toby Cooperman (Hedge funds, $1.5b)*
10. Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg (IAC/InterActiveCorp, $1.2b)
11. Ann and John Doerr (Venture capitalist, $1.55b)
12. Larry Ellison (Venture capitalist, $27b)
13. Ted Forstmann (CEO Oracle, $1.6b)*
14. Bill and Melinda Gates (Co-founder of Microsoft, $54b)
15. David and Barbara Green (Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, $2.6b)*
16. Lyda Hill (Lyda Hill Foundation, unknown)*
17. Barron Hilton (Hilton hotels, $2.4b)
18. Jon and Karen Huntsman (Founder of Huntsman Corporation, $1.6b)
19. Carl Icahn (Leveraged buyouts, $11b)*
20. Joan and Irwin Jacobs (Founder Qualcomm, $1.1b)
21. George B. Kaiser (Oil, gas and banking, $9.4)
22. Sidney Kimmel (Founder Jones Apparel, $1.1b)*
23. Elaine and Ken Lagone (Investments, $1.1b)
24. Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest (Media entrepreneur, $800m)
25. Lorry I. Lokey (Founded Business Wire, unknown)
26. George Lucas (Film producer, $3.25b)
27. Duncan and Nancy MacMillan (Endowed Chair in Genetics, unknown)*
28. Alfred E. Mann (Medical devices, $1.2b)
29. Joe and Rika Mansueto (Joe and Rika Mansueto, $1.2b)*
30. Bernie and Billi Marcus (Co-founder Home Depot, $1.5b)
31. Michael and Lori Milken (Investments, $2.1b)*
32. George P. Mitchell (Founder Mitchell Energy, $2b)*
33. Thomas S. Monaghan (Founder Domino's Pizza, unknown)
34. Tashia and John Morgridge (Cisco, $1.3b)
35. Dustin Moskovitz (Co-founder Facebook, $1.6b)*
36. Pierre and Pam Omidyar (Founder eBay, $5.5b)
37. Bernard and Barbro Osher (Bernard Osher Foundation, unknown)
38. Ronald O. Perelman (Leveraged buyouts, $11b)
39. Peter G. Peterson (Blackstone Group, $2b)
40. T. Bonne Pickens (Oil and gas investments, $1.4b)
41. Julian H. Robertson Jnr. (Hedge funds, $2.2b)
42. David Rockefeller (Standard oil, banking, $2.4b)
43. David M. Rubenstein (Leveraged buyouts, $2b)
44. Herb and Marion Sandler (Golden West Financial Corporation, unknown)
45. Denny Sandford (CEO of United National Corp, $1b)*
46. Vicki amd Roger Sant (TV news presenter, unknown)
47. Walter Scott Jnr. (Construction and telecom, $1.9b)
48. Tom and Cindy Secunda (Bloomberg, $1b)*
49. Jim and Marilyn Simons (Hedge funds, $8.7b)
50. Jeff Skoll (First president of EBay, $4.2b)
51. Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor (Founder Farallon Capital Management, LLC, $1.2b)
52. Jim and Virginia Stowers (Founder of American Century Investments, unknown)
53. Ted Turner (Media mogul, $1.2b)
54. Sanford and Joan Weill (Former CEO of Citigroup, unknown)
55. Shelby White (Wife Leon Levy, £1b)
56. Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow Zegar (Co-founder of Bloomberg, unknown)*
57. Mark Zuckerberg (Co-founder Facebook, $6.9b)*

this is the official website www.givingpledge.org

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