Billionaires Pledge at Least Half of Their Wealth

Reports of billionaires signing up to the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge continue to make their way into the newspapers; most recently Richard Branson and Russian metals magnate Vladimir Potanin. Wealthy people from around the world are pledging to give at least half of their wealth to charities and philanthropic projects, such as addressing hunger in Africa, developing an HIV vaccine, and housing the homeless in local communities.

The statements on the Giving Pledge website make for inspiring reading, such as this small clip from 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.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/russianow/business/9940682/vladimir-potanin-giving-pledge.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9880300/Richard-Branson-joins-Bill-Gates-in-giving-away-wealth.html

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