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The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

CURRENT PLEDGERS

Bill and Karen
Ackman
Paul G.
Allen
Laura and John
Arnold
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC
Nicolas
Berggruen
Manoj
Bhargava
Steve
Bing
Sara
Blakely
Arthur M.
Blank
Michael R.
Bloomberg
Richard and Joan
Branson
Eli and Edythe
Broad
Charles R.
Bronfman
Edgar M.
Bronfman
(d. 2013)
Warren
Buffett
Jean and Steve
Case
John
Caudwell
Lee and Toby
Cooperman
Joe
Craft
Joyce and Bill
Cummings
Ray and Barbara
Dalio
John Paul
DeJoria
Barry Diller and
Diane von Furstenberg
Ann and John
Doerr
Glenn and Eva
Dubin
Larry
Ellison
Charles F.
Feeney
Andrew and Nicola
Forrest
Ted
Forstmann
(d. 2011)
Phillip and Patricia
Frost
Bill and Melinda
Gates
Monica and David
Gelbaum
Dan and Jennifer
Gilbert
David and Barbara
Green
Jeff and Mei Sze
Greene
Harold and
Sue Ann
Hamm
Reed Hastings and
Patty Quillin
Lyda
Hill
Barron
Hilton
Christopher
Hohn
Jon and Karen
Huntsman
Dr Mo
Ibrahim
Carl
Icahn
Joan and Irwin
Jacobs
George B.
Kaiser
Vinod and Neeru
Khosla
Sidney
Kimmel
Rich and Nancy
Kinder
Beth and Seth
Klarman
Elaine and Ken
Langone
Liz and Eric
Lefkofsky
Gerry and Marguerite
Lenfest
Peter B.
Lewis
(d. 2013)
Lorry I.
Lokey
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
Duncan and Nancy
MacMillan
Alfred E.
Mann
Joe and Rika
Mansueto
Bernie and Billi
Marcus
Richard Edwin and Nancy Peery Marriott
Craig and Susan
McCaw
Red and Charline
McCombs
Michael and Lori
Milken
Yuri
Milner
George P.
Mitchell
(d. 2013)
Thomas S.
Monaghan
Gordon and Betty
Moore
Tashia and John
Morgridge
Michael Moritz and
Harriet Heyman
Dustin Moskovitz and
Cari Tuna
Patrice and Precious
Motsepe
Elon
Musk
Arif
Naqvi
Jonathan M.
Nelson
Pierre and Pam
Omidyar
Bernard and Barbro
Osher
Bob and Renee
Parsons
Ronald O.
Perelman
Jorge M. and
Darlene Perez
Peter G.
Peterson
T. Boone
Pickens
Victor
Pinchuk
Hasso
Plattner
Vladimir Potanin
Azim
Premji
Julian H.
Robertson, Jr.
David
Rockefeller
Edward W. and
Deedie Potter Rose
Stephen M.
Ross
David M.
Rubenstein
David
Sainsbury
John and Ginger
Sall
Henry and Susan
Samueli
Herb and Marion
(d. 2012) Sandler
Denny
Sanford
Vicki and Roger
Sant
Lynn
Schusterman
Walter
Scott, Jr.
Tom and Cindy
Secunda
Annette and
Harold
(d. 2013)
Simmons
Jim and Marilyn
Simons
Paul E.
Singer
Jeff
Skoll
John A. and Susan Sobrato, John Michael Sobrato
Michele and Patrick
Soon-Shiong
Ted and Vada (d. 2013)
Stanley
Mark and Mary
Stevens
Tom Steyer and
Kat Taylor
Jim (d. 2014) and Virginia Stowers
Dato' Sri DR Tahir
Vincent Tan Chee Yioun
Tad
Taube
Claire and Leonard
Tow
Ted
Turner
Albert Lee
Ueltschi
(d. 2012)
Dr. Romesh and
Kathleen Wadhwani
Sanford and Joan
Weill
Shelby
White
Hansjörg Wyss
Samuel
Yin
Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow Zegar
Mark
Zuckerberg
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Bill and Karen Ackman

My earliest memories include my father's exhortations about how important it is to give back. These early teachings were ingrained in me, and a portion of the first dollars I earned, I gave away. Over the years, the emotional and psychological returns I have earned from charitable giving have been enormous. The more I do for others, the happier I am.”

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Paul G. Allen

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Laura and John Arnold

We view our wealth in this light - not as an end in itself, but as an instrument to effect positive and transformative change.”

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Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC

I take enormous pleasure from giving something back to society and to making a positive difference to other people’s lives. I feel honoured to put my name to the Giving Pledge and to sharing such a worthwhile commitment with like-minded people.”

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Nicolas Berggruen

Everyone is dealt a group of cards at birth. With them come possibilities and responsibilities. What one does with them is up to each one of us; and the sum of those choices, constitute our lives. I have been blessed with the chance to build the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust.”

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Manoj Bhargava

Service to others seems the only intelligent choice for the use of wealth. The other choices especially personal consumption, seem either useless or harmful.”

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Steve Bing

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Sara Blakely

I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office – essentially be given the chance to soar!”

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Arthur M. Blank

Now, as I approach my 70th birthday, I am more committed than ever to making a difference through philanthropy. The needs in our society are more profound than at any point in my lifetime. The gap between rich and poor in America is growing. Philanthropy alone cannot repair all of the social injustice in our country or the world. It can, however, inspire good will, spark innovation and provide thought leadership.”

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Michael R. Bloomberg

If you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing - by far - is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children. And by giving, we inspire others to give of themselves, whether their money or their time.”

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Richard and Joan Branson

‘Stuff’ really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters.

Happily our children, who will be our principal heirs, agree with me on this. As and when we take monies out of the Virgin Group of companies the majority of it will be invested in entrepreneurial approaches to help make a difference in the world. We want the value created by the Virgin Group to be used to invest in new collaborative approaches to addressing issues, where business, governments and not-for-profits join forces to create a healthy, equitable and peaceful world for future generations to enjoy.

We started by trying to give a voice to the young people of the 1960s and hope our ‘Giving pledge’ will help many generations to come. We look forward to working with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in expanding the number of people who are part of this pledge outside America.”

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Eli and Edythe Broad

Those who have been blessed with extraordinary wealth have an opportunity, some would say a responsibility - we consider it a privilege - to give back to their communities, be they local, national or global.”

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Charles R. Bronfman

Philanthropy is in the DNA of my family. My parents were both active participants in Jewish, local Montreal and Canadian charities. The dining table conversation was a place for discussing what was important to them in that world...it is no surprise then, that each of us has contributed to society.”

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Edgar M. Bronfman (d. 2013)

I have found philanthropy deeply satisfying work, and am proud to join the Giving Pledge. I encourage all people to engage in giving to others, be it through time or money. The point is to be involved. Helping is a joyful experience and enriches the giver as much as those who receive. By enabling people to do good work, I participate in a brighter future for the Jewish people and, I hope, all of humanity.”

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Warren Buffett

Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks (Berkshire Hathaway stock certificates) on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others.”

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Jean and Steve Case

We share the view that those to whom much is given, much is expected. We realize we have been given a unique platform and opportunity, and we are committed to doing the best we can with it...We also look forward to working with the dozens of others who have made the Giving Pledge commitment to share lessons, perspectives and best practices.”

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John Caudwell

At the moment, my main charitable cause in terms of passion is Caudwell Children. This charity helps children in dire medical need, whatever their illness. It helps children whose parents don't have the financial ability to help them themselves. Caudwell Children helps about 3,000 children each year, and in some cases completely transforms their lives; in others it makes their lives more bearable, while for some it can make their dying wishes come true.

My hope for Caudwell Children is that we will eventually help every eligible child in the UK and in other countries if I can find like-minded individuals to help me.”

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Christopher Hohn

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Lee and Toby Cooperman

[We] feel it is our moral imperative to give others the opportunity to pursue the American Dream by sharing our financial success...In the 1930s, Sir Winston Churchill observed that ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’...It is in this spirit that we enthusiastically agree to take the Giving Pledge.”

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Joe Craft

I am excited to think about breaking barriers and providing opportunities. In my view, this is how America was designed and meant to be, and we need to continually work to preserve the liberty that allows anyone among us to succeed.”

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Joyce and Bill Cummings

Having already pledged privately years ago to donate 90 percent of our wealth to charity, we now publicly take the Giving Pledge in the hope that, with every new member, the Association will gain momentum and provide encouragement to others who have the capacity to give in very meaningful ways.”

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Ray and Barbara Dalio

At first we experienced the worry about not being able to take care of the basics. When we earned more money, we experienced the diminishing benefits of having more money. We learned that beyond having enough money to help secure the basics - quality relationships, health, stimulating ideas, etc. - having more money, while nice, wasn't all that important....So we found taking our excesses and providing it to others who have extreme shortages has been both a good investment and a great satisfaction.”

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John Paul DeJoria

Whether it's feeding thousands of orphans in third world countries, saving whales, helping the homeless find employment, protecting our waterways, rescuing young girls from prostitution, teaching and supplying families in Appalachia with equipment to grow their own vegetables, or any other worthwhile endeavor...giving back is a practice and joy I want my family to continue.”

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Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg

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Ann and John Doerr

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Glenn and Eva Dubin

Philanthropy is my way of giving thanks for the opportunities I have had and my personal attempt to perpetuate the American dream. I started my career with nothing but opportunity. Thirty years later, I'm in a position where I can give back to society to try to improve lives and ensure that others have the same opportunities that I did. Here, we have a cycle of giving that helps to position the less advantaged to earn their own success - and then hopefully give back as well.”

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Larry Ellison

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Charles F. Feeney

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Andrew and Nicola Forrest

... while giving responsibly is challenging to do well, you will find it even more satisfying than the exhilaration you experienced when creating your enterprises. It was your logic, intuition, focus, foresight, good fortune, relentless determination and work capacity that produced the wealth you now ponder the future of. Yet it is also these same powerful talents that cause you to ask yourself, could I became a major philanthropist and responsibly use my wealth to improve communities and the lives of those less fortunate, potentially touching millions of people?”

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Ted Forstmann (d. 2011)

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Phillip and Patricia Frost

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Bill and Melinda Gates

We have been blessed with good fortune beyond our wildest expectations, and we are profoundly grateful. But just as these gifts are great, so we feel a great responsibility to use them well. That is why we are so pleased to join in making an explicit commitment to the Giving Pledge.”

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Monica and David Gelbaum

Our philosophy of giving “now” was based on observing that other people have risked and given their lives to do what they think is right and if they could risk and give everything, then we could at least give away money that we didn’t think we’d ever need. We were particularly inspired by the Righteous Gentiles who risked everything to help Jews escape the Nazis and by people who have risked and who risk everything to fight for civil rights and human rights all over the world and by soldiers, about whom these words were written by John Maxwell Edmonds: “When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us and Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today” David's father, a WWII veteran, once said that he didn’t understand why people couldn’t just give to society. He said that’s what soldiers do.”

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Dan and Jennifer Gilbert

It has been exciting more than words can express living in this great country and being able to start, develop, and grow businesses. It will be even more exciting to deploy the wealth these businesses created to improve our world which I feel confident will be a much better place in the years and decades ahead.”

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David and Barbara Green

Like my parents and their parents before them, you don't have to be wealthy to give. You can give your time, your talents and your passion. We congratulate those who have taken on this wonderful pledge.”

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Jeff and Mei Sze Greene

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Harold and Sue Ann Hamm

We have always felt a strong obligation to lead by example. Through our giving pledge, we hope to encourage others to commit their time and resources to worthy causes that will enable other people with ambition and tenacity to achieve their goals”

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Dr Mo Ibrahim

In 2006 I launched the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to focus on the issues of Good Governance and Leadership in Africa. Good Governance is the basket of public goods governments must deliver to its people. It includes - but is not limited to - security, rule of law, economic opportunity, infrastructure, management of public finance, transparency, education, health and citizens rights. We need to move from narrative and rhetoric to facts and figures. Our Index of African Governance measures well over 100 parameters to evaluate government delivery in every African country. Effectively, we are producing an annual scorecard to measure performance. The objective is not to name or shame anybody but to understand where we are, what works and what doesn't and to facilitate an objective discussion between all governments, parliaments, academics, business, civil society and beyond.”

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Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin

It's an honor to be able to try to help our community, our country and our planet through our philanthropy. We are thrilled to join with other fortunate people to pledge a majority of our assets to be invested in others. We hope through this community that we can learn as we go, and do our best to make a positive difference for many.”

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Lyda Hill

I wish to make the world a better place by advancing solutions to medical and environmental issues through investments in and donations to science.”

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Barron Hilton

It is my hope that others are inspired by my father's story, and by our family's steadfast adherence to his charitable philosophy.”

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Jon and Karen Huntsman

It has been clear to me since my earliest childhood memories that my reason for being was to help others.”

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Carl Icahn

Until Bill, Melinda and Warren started this project, I never considered going public with my intentions. However, I certainly see the value of a project that encourages wealthy individuals to step forward and commit to use their wealth for the common good. I hope that by adding my voice with those who are supporting this project, we will all encourage others to participate.”

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Joan and Irwin Jacobs

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George B. Kaiser

I had the advantage of both genetics (winning the ‘ovarian lottery’) and upbringing. As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help right that balance.”

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Beth and Seth Klarman

One key observation is that society’s problems seem to be compounding as fast or faster than wealth can compound, suggesting a greater urgency to current funding. And when we make charitable gifts, we almost always feel richer, not poorer, for having been given the opportunity to help.”

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Vinod and Neeru Khosla

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Sidney Kimmel

My thinking is rather simple: I learned as a young boy that sharing with others is the right thing to do, a lesson I observed from my father’s willingness to share even our meager means with those less fortunate. Ever since, it has never been difficult for me to continue to do the right thing.”

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Rich and Nancy Kinder

As longtime residents of [Houston], we have witnessed its extraordinary culture of entrepreneurship, which has enabled Houstonians of all backgrounds to improve their lives, use their talents and creativity, and pursue their dreams. In Houston, you are what you achieve. This stirs and motivates us to continue giving.”

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Elaine and Ken Langone

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Liz and Eric Lefkofsky

We recognize that perhaps our greatest accomplishment—with the exception of the kids we raise—will not come from businesses we've started, but from the help we provide to people and causes around the world. We believe, with the others who have signed this Pledge, that we are truly on the cusp of life-changing achievements that will improve our collective quality of life, and have an everlasting impact on generations to come.”

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Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest

The ultimate achievement is how you feel about yourself. And giving your wealth away to have an impact for good does help with that feeling.”

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Peter B. Lewis (d. 2013)

Taking the Giving Pledge comes naturally for me. I began giving with nickels to my Temple when my father explained to me that giving to help others is a Jewish tradition. Those nickels, contributed to nonprofits over the years, now total nearly $500 million. Having already given away nearly half my net worth, I plan to keep on going...The catch phrases that drive my life and philanthropy include: Enjoy every day; Think outside the lines; Risk, learn and grow; Ideas are easy, execution pays off; Constantly improve; Admit mistakes, fix them and move on; Problems are opportunities; Hard work makes winners.”

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Lorry I. Lokey

There's an old saying about farmers putting back in to the ground via fertilizer what they take out. So it is with money. The larger the estate, the more important it is to revitalize the soil.”

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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson

My pledge is to the process; as long as I have the resources at my disposal, I will seek to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages. I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.”

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Duncan and Nancy MacMillan

We very much believe that the accumulation of wealth gets us nowhere. Money has the most value when it's used for others and the greater good, for sustaining and enriching our world. In our minds, foundational areas like education and health are the most critical.”

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Alfred E. Mann

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Joe and Rika Mansueto

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Bernie and Billi Marcus

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Richard Edwin and Nancy Peery Marriott

Down through the years we have always supported the schools that have educated and trained us, the institutions that have helped us live healthy lives, and the communities that have supported us in our business endeavors. We will continue to do so during our lives and pledge that the bulk of our estate will go to a charitable foundation that will be run by our four very capable daughters who are already heavily involved in supporting their own communities. They are the greatest blessings of our lives and we are thrilled that they will be able to help bless the lives of future generations.”

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Craig and Susan McCaw

Many years ago we pledged to each other that a majority of our wealth would be given away to charity. We are pleased to make our commitment public and are excited to join Melinda, Bill, Warren, and all the others who have made the Giving Pledge. Through our foundation, we look forward to continuing our support for education, international economic development, and environmental conservation. We are strong believers in measuring the impact of our philanthropy. We are excited about the opportunities to exchange knowledge and learn from others in this group about how to be most effective in our giving.”

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Red and Charline McCombs

What we intend is for our gifts to make an obvious difference to the recipient in such a way that we can see and enjoy what our gifts have made possible. In this way we feel that in addition to making a gift, we are getting greater value for the gift....”

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Michael and Lori Milken

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Yuri Milner

The Giving Pledge encourages more than investing in problem solving. It brings something approaching the scientific method to philanthropy. This means not just giving, but trying to learn from real-world experience and experiment in order to give effectively. This is a sure sign of progress: we are finding more answers, and we are getting better at asking the right questions.”

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George P. Mitchell (d. 2013)

Throughout my life I've seen firsthand how even a little financial assistance could mean a chance for struggling students, dedicated scientists, and families to reach their goals.”

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Thomas S. Monaghan

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Gordon and Betty Moore

In 2001 we devoted half of our wealth to create a foundation that would take risks in order to innovate and achieve meaningful results. Nearly 12 years later we remain committed to creating positive outcomes for future generations, and we're focused on areas where we believe that we can make a difference: environmental conservation, patient care and science. We are pleased to be a part of the Giving Pledge not only because we are able to commit these funds, but because we believe they can lead to real learning and measurable change.”

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Tashia and John Morgridge

The more personally involved we have become with the causes we support the more effective we seem to be.”

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Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman

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Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna

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Patrice and Precious Motsepe

This selfless and compassionate characteristic is part of the age-old African culture of giving and caring for your neighbor and other members of your community. In South Africa it is embodied in the spirit and tradition of Ubuntu/Botho, in terms of which your well-being, happiness and success is dependent upon and influenced by the wellbeing, happiness and success of others...

[We] recognise the huge responsibility and duty that the Motsepe family has to poor, unemployed, disabled, women, youth, workers and marginalised South Africans. We also have an ongoing obligation of nation building, uniting black and white South Africans and contributing towards making Africa and the world a better place.”

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Elon Musk

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Arif Naqvi

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Jonathan M. Nelson

One of the admirable qualities of our great country is the history and culture of helping those less fortunate. In America giving is not unusual; it is mainstream. I always thought if I were lucky enough to be in a position to help others, I would. The vast majority of Americans are this way. This is who we are. And while separate acts of generosity are generally not remarkable, taken as a whole it defines us. I never imagined not doing my part.”

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Pierre and Pam Omidyar

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Bob and Renee Parsons

Renee and I have always believed every child has the right to good nutrition, the best medical care, a good education, a happy and stress free environment and the hope that they too will share in the American Dream. We’ve dedicated our foundation and our resources to helping make this happen. It makes sense we join The Giving Pledge.”

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Ronald O. Perelman

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Jorge M. and Darlene Perez

I came to this country in 1968 without a penny to my name but with the hope of becoming successful and leaving some type of meaningful legacy behind...while I worked hard to get where I am, it would have never happened without the assistance of many individuals and institutions along the way...it is so very important for us, the lucky few, to contribute our resources to make this a better and more fair world.”

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Peter G. Peterson

As I watched and learned from my father's example, I noticed how much pleasure his giving to others gave him. Indeed, today, I get much more pleasure giving money to what I consider worthwhile causes than making the money in the first place.”

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T. Boone Pickens

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Victor Pinchuk

My goal in my social investments is to empower the next generation to change their country and the world. To enable them to build a new country based on openness and an understanding of the world of today and tomorrow. My focus is on using innovative approaches to provide access to education, healthcare, and the inspirational power of contemporary art. Combined with modern and innovative business projects, I believe this constitutes a powerful formula for change. I have taken my first steps, with large scale scholarships programs, opening a museum of contemporary art with free admission, and establishing a network of neonatal clinics - but this is just the beginning.

I have a particular focus on my own country, Ukraine, and its integration with the world. As a post-Soviet society, Ukraine needs the support of ‘social investors’ in order to implement reforms and to promote ideas like the rule of law. We face a long road ahead compared to Western countries, and we who have already benefitted from change must help more.”

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Hasso Plattner

More than 20 years ago I set up a foundation focusing on education and global health challenges. It is extremely rewarding to see the impact money well spent can have. I had the great privilege to study at one of the best German technical universities, University of Karlsruhe, and the education was nearly free. Without question this became the foundation for my personal success.

On one hand I feel obliged to support the company I once co-founded and on the other hand I want to give back to the society which enabled my education. The foundation is a way to do both.”

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Vladimir Potanin

Several years ago I announced my decision to donate a major part of my wealth to philanthropy. I genuinely believe that wealth should work for public good and, therefore, I am trying to make my own contribution toward a better world, especially toward a better future for my own country, Russia. I am confident that one cannot solve social problems by simply writing a check. Personal involvement is of great importance and that is why in 1999 I established my own foundation to support programs in the area of education, culture and philanthropy development.”

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Azim Premji

I strongly believe that those of us, who are privileged to have wealth, should contribute significantly to try and create a better world for the millions who are far less privileged. I will continue to act on this belief.”

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Julian H. Robertson, Jr.

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David Rockefeller

Our family continues to be united in the belief that those who have benefitted the most from our nation's economic system have a special responsibility to give back to our society in meaningful ways.”

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Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose

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Stephen M. Ross

As a very young boy my uncle taught me a valuable lesson, the importance of giving back and using your impact and influence to make the world a better place. Although I have generally conducted my philanthropic efforts privately, I hope through publicly committing to the Giving Pledge that I will inspire others to commit to significant philanthropy the way my uncle inspired me. I am delighted, grateful and honored to join this important effort in the hope that collectively we can leave the world a little better place than we found it.”

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David M. Rubenstein

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David Sainsbury

The approach of my wife, Susie, and I to philanthropy is very simple. We do not believe that spending any more money on ourselves or our family would add anything to our happiness. However, using it to support social progress we have found deeply fulfilling. We focus on a few areas which require investment and which we care about deeply, and seeing these projects develop and bring major benefits to people has been a life-enhancing experience.”

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John and Ginger Sall

We are happy to confirm our longtime plans and pledge the majority of our wealth to philanthropy. Our family currently enjoys a modest philanthropic practice through private giving and our family foundation. We continue to learn and build on those experiences.”

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Henry and Susan Samueli

Our philanthropy has always been in our hearts and it was easy for us to look for ways to give back. Our philanthropy represents the bridge from our family to our community, from the past to the future, and from our passions to our convictions. It is also important to our family that perhaps our gifts will encourage others to give as well. The Giving Pledge certainly fulfills that goal.”

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Herb and Marion (d. 2012) Sandler

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Denny Sanford

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Vicki and Roger Sant

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Lynn Schusterman

We believe in the importance of investing in young people by providing them with educational experiences of high quality and by nurturing their creativity. I also pledge to continue working to encourage others, including emerging philanthropists of all ages and all capacities, to join us in seeking to repair the world; the further we broaden our reach, the more we will benefit from a diversity of people, perspectives and approaches as we strive to tackle problems of common concern.”

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Walter Scott, Jr.

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Tom and Cindy Secunda

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Annette and Harold (d. 2013) Simmons

This country has been wonderful to me and Annette, and we have long planned to return a substantial majority of our wealth to society.”

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Jim and Marilyn Simons

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Paul E. Singer

The Giving Pledge uniquely combines the direct provision of resources with the power of an idea – the idea that fostering discussions about the purpose of philanthropy may improve our philosophies of giving and lead to better results for those in need. I am happy and grateful to sign up for such a worthy endeavor.”

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Jeff Skoll

The world is a vast and complicated place and it needs each of us doing all we can to ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations.”

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John A. and Susan Sobrato, John Michael Sobrato

...our entire family is now in a position to engage in philanthropy at a relatively young age. Thus John Michael has decided to join Susan and me in making this commitment. Each of us has provided that 100% of our wealth will be given away during our lifetimes or left to the Sobrato Family Foundation....We would hope that this legacy of giving would encourage others to commit their financial resources to worthy non-profit institutions.”

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Michele and Patrick Soon-Shiong

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Ted and Vada (d. 2013) Stanley

People like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller led the way - as have Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Ted Turner today. Those who fail to follow the example set by these fine people will never know what they have missed. In our case it has been at least as satisfying to give the money away as it was to earn it.”

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Mark and Mary Stevens

We are proud to join Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and the others who have committed to the Giving Pledge. My wife, Mary, and I feel very fortunate and blessed that we find ourselves, at a relatively young age, to be able to give our time, treasure and talent to a variety of philanthropic organizations in a substantial manner.”

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Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor

Surely the pleasure we derive from St. Francis' active verbs of consoling, understanding, loving, giving and pardoning far outweigh any selfish and passive pleasures of owning, having, or possessing.”

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Jim (d. 2014) and Virginia Stowers

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Dato' Sri DR Tahir

I don’t for a minute take for granted the many blessings I have received, and in the Christian spirit of it being more blessed to give than to receive, feel compelled to give back as generously as I have received.”

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Vincent Tan Chee Yioun

I am also keenly aware that there is only so much money that a person needs for himself and his family and this brings home the sense that when one is blessed with great wealth beyond what is needed, there is a corresponding moral and social responsibility to put the money to good use. For this reason, I have for many years done my part to help the less fortunate and under-privileged through monetary donations and other means of material support. I have also established a foundation known as Better Malaysia Foundation to organize and focus these efforts with the aim of giving back to the community and generally making Malaysia a better place. This, in part, is also to return to society what I have benefited through the support my fellow Malaysians have given to the various businesses of both the publicly listed Berjaya group of companies of which I am the major shareholder and my other privately held concerns.”

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Tad Taube

There has existed in the minds of refugees, who have been embraced by this great country, a level of gratitude for the opportunities make available to us that is somewhat analogous to a debt that we feel needs to be repaid. Some of us refer to that feeling as wanting to ‘give back’ – I personally prefer to call it wanting to ‘share opportunity.’”

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Claire and Leonard Tow

Claire and I never believed that the wealth we accumulated was truly ours. From the beginning we believed that we were only lifetime stewards of our good fortune and were charged with redeploying it for useful societal purpose.”

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Ted Turner

I'm particularly thankful for my father's advice to set goals so high that they can't possibly be achieved during a lifetime and to give help where help is needed most. That inspiration keeps me energized and eager to keep working hard every day on giving back and making the world a better place for generations to come.”

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Albert Lee Ueltschi (d. 2012)

...because I have been so fortunate in my professional life, I am now in a position to make certain the good fortune that was mine is given back to society in a meaningful way. So, I'm happy to sign on to the Giving Pledge, because every one of us has the opportunity – and the obligation – to make a difference by helping other people.”

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Dr. Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani

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Sanford and Joan Weill

Our Pledge is this: We will continue to give away all of the wealth we have been so fortunate to make except for a very small percentage allocated to our children and grandchildren between now and the time we pass because we are firm believers that shrouds don't have pockets.”

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Shelby White

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Hansjörg Wyss

President Thomas Jefferson reminds us: ‘There is a debt of service due from every man to his country proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.’ I have been fortunate to benefit from the opportunities endowed by this nation, its land, and our world. I am determined to fill my duty to others so we may always expand the reach of human possibility and compassion.”

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Samuel Yin

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Charles Zegar and Merryl Snow Zegar

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Mark Zuckerberg

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