Giving away 50%

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

Warren Buffett

Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong

Ann and John Doerr

Bill and Melinda Gates

Barron Hilton . . .

Comments (2)

This is a very good beginning from these very fine people. It appears that they have a good feel for what the people really need and what they need to see.

People who work hard for their fortune and who have a lot to give, and do, are great for the world.

I give you all my most sincere tip of the hat and thank you.

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