The Giving Pledge

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The Giving Pledge
File:Giving pledge logo.jpg
Formation 2010
Type Charitable organization
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthy people of the world to contribute their wealth to philanthropic causes.


The organization's goal is to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give the majority of their net worth to philanthropy, either during their lifetime or upon their death. The Pledge is a moral commitment, not a legal contract.[1]


In June 2010 the Giving Pledge campaign was formally announced and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began recruiting members.[2] In 2011 Gates and Buffett met with wealthy individuals in India and China and invited them to join the campaign.[3][4][5] The aggregate wealth of the first 40 pledgers was $125 billion as of August 2010.[6] As of April 2011, 69 billionaires had joined the campaign and given a pledge.[7] In April 2012, The Huffington Post reported that a total of 81 billionaires committed via the campaign.[8] A few of the signatories of the pledge after 2012 include: Hasso Plattner,[9] David Rockefeller,[10] Azim Premji,[11] Richard Branson,[12] Elon Musk, Tim Cook,[13] Sara Blakely,[14] and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.[15] By March 2016, 142 individuals and/or couples were listed as pledgers on the official website.[16]


In April 2016 Insatiable Fox reported that $365 billion had been pledged by 139 individuals. Below is a list of all pledges:

Name Net Worth (2016)
Bill and Melinda Gates $77,300,000,000
Warren Buffett $66,700,000,000
Larry Ellison $49,300,000,000
Michael Bloomberg $37,200,000,000
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan $35,700,000,000
Carl Icahn $21,300,000,000
Azim Premji $17,500,000,000
Paul G. Allen $17,400,000,000
Ray Dalio and Barbara Dalio $15,600,000,000
Jim and Marilyn Simons $15,500,000,000
Ronald Perelman $14,500,000,000
Vladimir Potanin $13,500,000,000
Elon Musk $13,000,000,000
Patrick Soon-Shiong and Michele B. Chan $13,000,000,000
Harold Simmons and Annette Simmons $10,000,000,000
Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna $9,900,000,000
Harold Hamm $9,400,000,000
George Kaiser $9,300,000,000
Hasso Plattner $9,100,000,000
Pierre Omidyar and Pam Omidyar $7,900,000,000
Charles F. Feeney $7,500,000,000
Eli Broad and Edythe Broad $7,100,000,000
John A. Sobrato and Susan Sobrato, and their son John Michael Sobrato $6,700,000,000
Gordon Moore and Betty Moore $6,600,000,000
Stephen M. Ross $6,500,000,000
Richard Kinder and Nancy Kinder $6,200,000,000
Hansjörg Wyss $6,100,000,000
David Green and Barbara Green $5,600,000,000
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson $5,400,000,000
Richard Branson and Joan Branson $5,100,000,000
Phillip Frost and Patricia Frost $5,000,000,000
John Sall and Ginger Sall $4,500,000,000
Jeff Skoll $4,400,000,000
Samuel Yin $4,200,000,000
John Doerr and Ann Doerr $4,100,000,000
Leon G. Cooperman and Toby Cooperman $3,900,000,000
Dan Gilbert and Jennifer Gilbert $3,900,000,000
Bernie Marcus and Billi Marcus $3,800,000,000
Walter Scott, Jr. $3,800,000,000
Lynn Schusterman $3,500,000,000
Gordon Gund and Llura Gund $3,400,000,000
Julian Robertson $3,400,000,000
David Rockefeller $3,200,000,000
Yuri Milner $3,100,000,000
Jorge M. Parez and Darlene Perez $3,100,000,000
Ian Wood $3,080,000,000
John Paul DeJoria $3,000,000,000
Kenneth Langone and Elaine Langone $3,000,000,000
Jeff Greene and Mei Sze $3,000,000,000
Henry Samueli and Susan Samueli $2,900,000,000
Romesh Wadhwani and Kathleen Wadhwani $2,800,000,000
Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman $2,800,000,000
David M. Rubenstein $2,800,000,000
John Caudwell $2,700,000,000
Bill Ackman and Karen Ackman $2,600,000,000
Arthur Blank $2,600,000,000
Edgar M. Bronfman $2,600,000,000
John D. Arnold and Laura Arnold $2,600,000,000
Edgar Bronfman, Sr. $2,500,000,000
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg $2,500,000,000
Judith Faulkner $2,500,000,000
Barron Hilton $2,500,000,000
Michael Milken and Lori Milken $2,500,000,000
Joe Mansueto and Rika Mansueto $2,400,000,000
Sunny Varkey $2,300,000,000
Charles Bronfman $2,300,000,000
Thomas Secunda and Cindy Secunda $2,300,000,000
Bob Parsons $2,200,000,000
Ted Turner $2,200,000,000
Jonathan M. Nelson $2,100,000,000
Albert Lee Ueltschi $2,100,000,000
Nicolas Berggruen $2,000,000,000
Glenn Dubin and Eva Dubin $2,000,000,000
George P. Mitchell $2,000,000,000
Paul E. Singer $1,920,000,000
Mark Stevens and Mary Stevens $1,910,000,000
Elie and Susy Horn $1,900,000,000
Craig and Susan McCaw $1,840,000,000
Ted Forstmann $1,800,000,000
Peter George Peterson $1,770,000,000
Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow $1,760,000,000
Dato Sri Tahir $1,740,000,000
Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin $1,720,000,000
Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg $1,700,000,000
Vicki and Roger Sant $1,700,000,000
Vinod Khosla and Neeru Khosla $1,690,000,000
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor $1,610,000,000
Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter $1,600,000,000
Red McCombs and Charline McCombs $1,550,000,000
Victor Pinchuk $1,510,000,000
Manoj Bhargava $1,500,000,000
Eric Lefkofsky and Liz Lefkofsky $1,500,000,000
Alfred E. Mann $1,500,000,000
Ann Gloag $1,490,000,000
Michael Baron Ashcroft $1,480,000,000
Andrew Forrest and Nicola Forrest $1,460,000,000
Patrice Motsepe and Precious Motsepe $1,450,000,000
Strive Masiyiwa and Tsitsi Masiyiwa $1,400,000,000
Joe Craft $1,400,000,000
Hamdi Ulukaya $1,380,000,000
Seth Klarman and Beth Klarman $1,380,000,000
Ted and Vada Stanley $1,300,000,000
Sidney Kimmel $1,270,000,000
Peter B. Lewis $1,250,000,000
Steve Case and Jean Case $1,210,000,000
Joyce and Bill Cummings $1,200,000,000
H. F. Lenfest and Marguerite Lenfest $1,200,000,000
Herb and Marion Sandler $1,200,000,000
Richard Marriott and Nancy Marriott $1,200,000,000
Irwin M. Jacobs and Joan Jacobs $1,190,000,000
Vincent Tan $1,130,000,000
Christopher Hohn $1,100,000,000
Jon Huntsman, Sr. and Karen Huntsman $1,100,000,000
John Morgridge and Tashia Morgridge $1,090,000,000
David Sainsbury $1,080,000,000
Dr Mo Ibrahim $1,070,000,000
Sara Blakely $1,060,000,000
Sanford Weill and Joan Weill $1,060,000,000
Sue Ann Arnall $1,000,000,000
T. Boone Pickens $1,000,000,000
Craig Silverstein and Mary Obelnicki $1,000,000,000
Margaret and Sylvan Adams $1,000,000,000
Robert and Arlene Kogod $1,000,000,000
Denny Sanford $900,000,000
Tim Cook $785,000,000
Tad Taube $650,000,000
Brad Keywell and Kim Keywell $600,000,000
Steve Bing $600,000,000
Shelby White $600,000,000
Harold Grinspoon and Diane Troderman $500,000,000
Tom Monaghan $500,000,000
Arif Naqvi $500,000,000
Lorry I. Lokey $300,000,000
Duncan MacMillan and Nancy MacMillan $300,000,000
John W. Jay Jordan II $290,000,000
Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose $285,000,000
Paul Orfalea and Natalie Orfalea $250,000,000
Claire and Leonard Tow $250,000,000
James E. Stowers and Virginia Stowers $100,000,000
Total $731,860,000,000



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