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Giving Pledge Announces the Class of 2017
May 30, 2017

Eye on the Giving Pledge

The Giving Pledge, in a press release made public today, announced that 14 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 four previously unannounced pledges by Leonard H. Ainsworth, Mohammed Dewji, Dean and Marianne Metropoulos, and Terry and Susan Ragon -- bringing the total number of pledgers to 168. The class of 2017 includes Americans as well as pledgers from Norway, Slovenia, Monaco, and China. This year's pledgers include an agri-business titan, one of the earliest investors in Amazon.com, an airline entrepreneur, and the heirs to the Dolby Surround Sound fortune.

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 168 signatories in 21 countries with a combined net worth of more than $800 billion.

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

-- Daniel Matz

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