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Warren Buffett, Bill Gates "Giving Pledge" now has 40 signed up

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, oil man T. Boone PIckens and George Lucas of "Star Wars" fame are among a list of wealthy Americans who have signed on to Warren Buffett and Bill Gates' "Giving Pledge."

Buffett and Gates have publicly asked America's wealthiest families to consider giving away at least half of their wealth to charity either during their lifetime or after their death, much as the two men themselves have done.

This week The Giving Pledge's organizers announced that they've recruited 40 families to the cause.

Each person who agrees to it pledges the gift publicly and submits a letter explaining his or her decision. The letters are posted on The Giving Pledge Website. It's not a legal contract but is a moral commitment. 

Here is the list of people who have signed up so far:

  • Eli and Edythe Broad
  • Michele Chan and Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Ann and John Doerr
  • Larry Ellison
  • Barron Hilton
  • Joan and Irwin Jacobs
  • Lorry I. Lokey
  • George Lucas
  • Alfred E. Mann
  • Warren Buffett
  • Walter Scott, Jr.
  • Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg
  • Elaine and Ken Langone
  • Ronald O. Perelman
  • Peter G. Peterson
  • Tashia and John Morgridge
  • Bernard and Barbro Osher
  • Herb and Marion Sandler
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor
  • Bernie and Billi Marcus
  • Ted Turner
  • Pierre and Pam Omidyar
  • David M. Rubenstein
  • Vicki and Roger Sant
  • Thomas S. Monaghan
  • Jim and Virginia Stowers
  • Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
  • David Rockefeller
  • Jim and Marilyn Simons
  • Sanford and Joan Weill
  • Shelby White
  • George B. Kaiser
  • Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest
  • Laura and John Arnold
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Jon and Karen Huntsman
  • Paul G. Allen
  • Bill and Melinda Gates


  • Theresa Brookes Effort, Pa 4 years ago

    Mr. Buffet and Mr. Gates, I think what you are doing is extroidinary. Have you every thought of helping out some individual people. I amd a mother, wife working two jobs, taking care of 2 children and a very ill husband. He receives disability, but we still can't meet our bills. The state won't help, says you own a house. We don't want to lose it, but i'm doing what I can to hold on to it. My children are 16 and 13, pretty self sufficient, but they still need things, things I can't give them, like school clotthing and sometimes food on the table. I was wondering could you give up maybe $75,000..this would help me get back on track and be able to breath a little easier..I'm behind on medical insurance, auto, house and own for prescriptions my husband needs. I know this is alot to ask, but no one else wants to help. Banks were bailed out by the government, but don't want to help the little people. God Bless all of you who are helping others, you are god sends.

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