The Giving Pledge

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The Giving Pledge
Giving pledge logo.jpg
Formation2010
TypeCharitable organization
Membership
191
Founders
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett
Websitegivingpledge.org

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. As of May 2019, the pledge has 191 signatories, either individuals or couples, from 22 countries.[1] Most of the signatories of the pledge are billionaires, and their pledges total over $500 billion. It does not actually dictate that the money will be spent in any certain way or towards any particular charity or cause, and there is no legal obligation to actually donate any money.

Description[edit]

The organization's stated goal is to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give at least half of their net worth to philanthropy, either during their lifetime or upon their death. The pledge claims to be a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract.[2] On The Giving Pledge's website, each individual or couple writes a letter explaining why they chose to give.

History[edit]

In June 2010, the Giving Pledge campaign was formally announced and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began recruiting members.[3] As of August 2010, the aggregate wealth of the first 40 pledgers was $125 billion.[4] As of April 2011, 69 billionaires had joined the campaign and given a pledge,[5] and by the following year, The Huffington Post reported that a total of 81 billionaires had committed.[6] By May 2017, 158 individuals and/or couples were listed as pledgers.[7][8] By May 2019, 191 individuals and/or couples were listed as pledgers.[9]

Signers[edit]

At least $500 billion of giving has been pledged by 191 individuals, with a combined 2017 net worth of $1 trillion. Below is a list of all net worth amounts (pledges are not shown)[10]:

Name Net worth (2017 or at date of death if earlier)
$ billions
Bill and Melinda Gates 101[11]
Warren Buffett 87.4[12]
Larry Ellison 62.5[13]
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan 62.3[14]
Michael R. Bloomberg 55.5[15]
Azim Premji 22.6[16]
Elon Musk 22.3[17]
Jim and Marilyn Simons 21.5[18]
Paul G. Allen 20.3[19]
HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud 18.7[20]
Carl Icahn 18.5[21]
Ray and Barbara Dalio 18.4[22]
Vladimir Potanin 18.1[23]
Hasso Plattner 13.5[24]
Harold Hamm 12.7[25]
Pierre and Pam Omidyar 12.6[26]
Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna 11.1[27]
Charles Butt 10.7[28]
Candy and Charlie Ergen 10.1[29]
Annette and Harold Simmons 10[30]
Gordon and Betty Moore 9.7[31]
Ronald O. Perelman 9.1[32]
Charles F. Feeney 8[33]
George B. Kaiser 7.6[34]
Stephen M. Ross 7.6[35]
David and Barbara Green 7.4[36]
Dan and Jennifer Gilbert 7.3[37]
Michele B. Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong 7[38]
Andrew and Nicola Forrest 6.9[39]
Ann and John Doerr 6.9[40]
Eli and Edythe Broad 6.7[41]
Rich and Nancy Kinder 6.6[42]
John A. and Susan Sobrato 6.5[43]
Lynne and Marc Benioff 6.5[44]
Hansjörg Wyss 5.9[45]
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson 5.4[46]
Bernie and Billi Marcus 5.4[47]
Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones 5.1[48]
Robert Frederick Smith 5[49]
Arthur M. Blank 4.8[50]
Jeff Skoll 4.7[51]
Jack and Laura Dangermond 4.5[52]
Walter Scott, Jr. 4.5[53]
Henry and Susan Samueli 4.5[54]
John and Ginger Sall 4.4[55]
Julian H. Robertson, Jr. 4.3[56]
Richard and Joan Branson 4.1[57]
Dagmar Dolby 4.1[58]
Harry H. Stine 4[59]
Anne Grete Eidsvig and Kjell Inge Røkke 3.8[60]
Nathan and Elizabeth Blecharczyk 3.7[61]
Brian Chesky 3.7[62]
Scott Cook and Signe Ostby 3.7[63]
Joe Gebbia 3.7[64]
Barry Diller and Diane von Fürstenberg 3.7[65]
Yuri and Julia Milner 3.6[66]
Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman 3.6[67]
Garrett Camp 3.5[68]
Elaine and Ken Langone 3.5[69]
Judy Faulkner 3.5[70]
Gordon and Llura Gund 3.4[71]
Jeff and Mei Sze Greene 3.4[72]
David Rockefeller 3.3[73]
Dr. Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani 3.3[74]
Laura and John Arnold 3.3[75]
Lynn Schusterman 3.2[76]
Lee and Toby Cooperman 3[77]
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 2.9[78]
David M. Rubenstein 2.9[79]
Dr. B.R. Shetty and Dr. C.R. Shetty 2.8[80]
Samuel Yin 2.6[81]
Jorge M. and Darlene Perez 2.6[82]
John Paul DeJoria 2.6[83]
Edgar M. Bronfman 2.6[84]
Dean and Marianne Metropoulos 2.5[85]
Terry and Susan Ragon 2.5[86]
Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim 2.5[87]
Barron Hilton 2.5
Michael and Lori Milken 3.6[88]
Joe and Rika Mansueto 3.3[89]
Aneel and Allison Bhusri 2.4[90]
John Caudwell 2.3[91]
Sunny and Sherly Varkey 2.4[92]
Charles R. Bronfman 2.3[93]
Tom and Cindy Secunda 2.8[94]
Bob and Renee Parsons 2.5[95]
Ted Turner 2.2[96]
Jonathan M. Nelson 1.8[97]
Albert Lee Ueltschi 2.1
Rohini and Nandan Nilekani 2.1[98]
Ernest and Evelyn Rady 2.1[99]
Phillip and Patricia Frost 2[100]
Nicolas Berggruen 2.0
Glenn and Eva Dubin 2.0
George P. Mitchell 2.0
Paul E. Singer 1.92
Mark and Mary Stevens 1.91
Elie and Susy Horn 1.90
Mohammed Dewji 1.9[101]
David G. Booth 1.9[102]
Craig and Susan McCaw 1.84
Ted Forstmann 1.80
Reid Hoffman and Michelle Yee 1.8[103]
Alya and Gary K. Michelson, M.D. 1.8[104]
Peter G. Peterson 1.77
Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow Zegar 1.76
Dato' Sri DR Tahir 1.74
Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin 1.72
Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg 1.70
Vicki and Roger Sant 1.70
Jian Wang 1.7[105]
Vinod and Neeru Khosla 1.69
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor 1.61
Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter 1.60
Mario and Regina Gabelli 1.6[106]
Red and Charline McCombs 1.55
Victor Pinchuk 1.51
Sir Ian Wood 1.5[107]
Manoj Bhargava 1.50
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky 1.50
Alfred E. Mann 1.50
Orion and Jackie Hindawi 1.5[108]
Ann Gloag OBE 1.49
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC 1.48
Patrice and Precious Motsepe 1.45
Ben Delo 1.41[109]
Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa 1.40
Joe and Kelly Craft 1.40[110]
Shamsheer and Shabeena Vayalil 1.4[111]
Hamdi Ulukaya 1.38
Beth and Seth Klarman 1.38
Ted and Vada Stanley 1.30
Brian Armstrong 1.3[112]
Sidney Kimmel 1.27
Peter B. Lewis 1.25
Steve and Jean Case 1.21
Joyce and Bill Cummings 1.20
Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest 1.20
Herb and Marion Sandler 1.20
Richard Edwin and Nancy Peery Marriott 1.20
Henry Engelhardt and Diane Briere de l'Isle-Engelhardt 1.2[113]
Joan and Irwin Jacobs 1.19
Vincent Tan Chee Yioun 1.13
Christopher Hohn 1.10
Jon and Karen Huntsman 1.10
PNC and Sobha Menon 1.1[114]
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou 1.1[115]
Bill Ackman 1.1[116]
Tashia and John Morgridge 1.09
David Sainsbury 1.08
Dr Mo Ibrahim 1.07
Sara Blakely 1.06
Sanford and Joan Weill 1.06
Sue Ann Arnall 1.0
T. Boone Pickens 1.0
Craig Silverstein and Mary Obelnicki 1.0
Margaret and Sylvan Adams 1.0
Robert and Arlene Kogod 1.0
Lyda Hill 1.0[117]
Bernard and Barbro Osher 1.0[118]
Denny Sanford 0.9
Leonard H. Ainsworth 0.9[119]
Tad and Dianne Taube 0.65
Brad and Kim Keywell 0.6
Gensheng Niu 0.6[120]
Steve Bing 0.6
Shelby White 0.6
Iza and Samo Login 0.6[121]
Harold Grinspoon and Diane Troderman 0.5
Thomas S. Monaghan 0.5
Nick and Leslie Hanauer 0.350[122]
Lorry I. Lokey 0.3
Duncan and Nancy MacMillan 0.3
John W. Jordan II "Jay" 0.29
Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose 0.28
Natalie and Paul Orfalea 0.25
Claire and Leonard Tow 0.25
Arif Naqvi 0.1
Jim and Virginia Stowers 0.1
Ruth and Bill Scott ?[123]
Liz Simons and Mark Heising ?[124]
Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons ?[125]
John and Timi Sobrato ?[126]
Dong Fangjun ?[127]
Badr Jafar and Razan Al Mubarak ?[128]
You Zhonghui ?[129]
Karen Herskovitz ?[130]
Richard and Melanie Lundquist ?[131]
Stewart and Sandy Bainum ?[132]
Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville ?[133]
Francine A. LeFrak and Rick Friedberg ?[134]
Total $1,009.19 billion

See also[edit]

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