Yesterday, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett announced that 40 wealthy people had pledged to give away 50% of their wealth before they die.
Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mayor Bloomberg among billionaires signing up for 'The Giving Pledge'
From the NY Daily News
Six weeks after Warren Buffett and Bill Gates kicked off a campaign to convince fat cats to join them in giving away most of their fortune, they've found 40 takers.
"I've been surprised how much progress we've actually made," Buffett said. "We're hoping that America, which is already the most generous society on Earth, becomes even more generous."
Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates personally called 80 people on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.
The Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge: The Full List of Donors
From the Wall Street Journal's "Wealth" section online
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett announced today that 40 signers, including billionaires and other rich families, had signed the Giving Pledge–a promise to give away more than half their fortunes. The following is the list of pledgers. (Click here to see the list, and you can click on each name at that website to see their pledge letters)
List of Pledgers:
Paul G. Allen
Laura and John Arnold
Michael R. Bloomberg
Eli and Edythe Broad
Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong
Ann and John Doerr
Bill and Melinda Gates
Barron Hilton . . .