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Giving Pledge Announces the Class of 2016
June 1, 2016

Eye on the Giving Pledge

The Giving Pledge, in a press release made public today, announced that 17 new participants have joined the effort launched by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 to encourage the world's wealthiest to commit the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes. This number includes the six previously unannounced pledges by Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter, Margaret and Sylvan Adams, Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and Robert and Arlene Kogod, and Gary K. Michelson -- bringing the total number of pledgers to 154. The class of 2016 includes a Saudi prince and a Chinese dairy magnate, as well as computer developers and technologists, including the co-founders of Airbnb -- a path followed by many partner-entrepreneurs already committed to the Giving Pledge.

Profiles for all signatories are now available as part of our Glasspockets feature Eye on the Giving Pledge.

 

Since its inception in 2010, the Giving Pledge, Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates' effort to encourage the world's wealthiest to commit the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes, has garnered 154 signatories in 18 countries with a combined net worth of more than $750 billion.

Learn more about all the pledgers in our Glasspockets feature Eye on the Giving Pledge.

-- Daniel Matz

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