Skip to comments.34 billionaires pledge to give away 50 percent of wealth (Gates, Buffett Lead Dontation Campaign)
Posted on 08/04/2010 8:12:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Thirty-four U.S. billionaires pledged Wednesday to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Among the billionaires joining the campaign are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller and investor Ronald Perelman.
Gates and Buffett launched "The Giving Pledge" in June to convince hundreds of U.S. billionaires to give away most of their fortune during their lifetime or after their death
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Awesome, sign me up for some of that. I’ll be happy with even .01%. Thank you in advance. :)
To view the list of Billionaires, click on this link :
Since I just joined the ranks of the unemployed.. Sign me up to. But I’d rather one of them just give me a job to replace the one I lost.
Shouldn’t they just give it to the gubmnt, since the gubmnt knows better what to do with their money.
How wonderful that our bettors are giving away their wealth.
Where is the line?
I wish they would put it towards the government debt. That would help future generations more than anything.
Wealth that is not already inside irrevocable trusts?
This is a grand gesture without details.
March of Dimes is one of my favorite charities.
WHAT a SCAM.....they HAVE to do this or they will be taxed at 50-70%....AND....they give to LIBERAL causes usually...
jmho.......I don't see Gates or Buffet suffering for what they give....their wealth seems to mulitply.....
Yep, color me very cynical on this one.
Very often these guy give their money to each other’s charities.
I can’t think of a billionaire who understands freedom.
Can I leave my address here?
Who in the hell SUGGESTS billionares don’t leave their money to their family?
Spread the wealth... hog wash. They will donate to tree huggers and ACORN and Obama. Nothing new here to see move along.
If a conservative billionaire is reading this write me privately for my address I will run and dismantle the U.N. IMMEDIATELY and give the people back their country.
>I wish they would put it towards the government debt. That would help future generations more than anything.
Unfortunately it wouldn’t; our Government would only see it as license to increase spending.
Here are the names :
The Giving Pledge is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death.
Each person who chooses to pledge will make this statement publicly, along with a letter explaining their decision to pledge. At an annual event, those who take the pledge will come together to share ideas and learn from each other.
The Pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract. It does not involve pooling money or supporting a particular set of causes or organizations.
While the Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires, the idea takes its inspiration from efforts in the past and at present that encourage and recognize givers of all financial means and backgrounds. We are inspired by the example set by millions of Americans who give generously (and often at great personal sacrifice) to make the world a better place.
Paul G. Allen
Laura and John Arnold
Michael R. Bloomberg
Eli and Edythe Broad
Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
Ann and John Doerr
Bill and Melinda Gates
Jon and Karen Huntsman
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
George B. Kaiser
Elaine and Ken Langone
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
Lorry I. Lokey
Alfred E. Mann
Bernie and Billi Marcus
Thomas S. Monaghan
Tashia and John Morgridge
Pierre and Pam Omidyar
Bernard and Barbro Osher
Ronald O. Perelman
Peter G. Peterson
T. Boone Pickens
Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
David M. Rubenstein
Herb and Marion Sandler
Vicki and Roger Sant
Walter Scott, Jr.
Jim and Marilyn Simons
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor
Jim and Virginia Stowers
Sanford and Joan Weill