Over 200 Philanthropists Have Now Joined The Giving Pledge

By Amit Chowdhry ● May 29, 2019
  • The Giving Pledge announced that 19 more philanthropists have joined the organization since the previous year
  • This brings the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204

Earlier this week, The Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the organization since the previous year. This brings the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries.

The Giving Pledge — which was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010 — is now in its ninth year and has been expanding internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Giving Pledge is a multi-generational commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and couples to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetimes or in their wills.

The additional signatories this year include:

– Brian Acton and Tegan Acton
– Brian Armstrong
– Stewart Bainum and Sandy Bainum
– MacKenzie Bezos
– Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Musallam Bin Ham Al-Ameri
– Ben Delo
– Jeremy Grantham and Hanne Grantham
– Sonia Jones and Paul Tudor Jones
– Ryan D. Jumonville
– Erica Lawson and Jeff Lawson
– Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg
– Daoming Liu
– John MacBain and Marcy McCall MacBain
– Emily Rales and Mitchell Rales
– Chris Sacca and Crystal Sacca
– Paul Sciarra and Jennifer Sciarra
– Robert Toll and Jane Toll

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s group of Giving Pledge signatories to the community, which has grown to more than 200 people in just nine years,” said Warren Buffett in a statement. “The generosity of this group is a reflection of the inspiration we take from the many millions of people who work quietly and effectively to create a better world for others, often at great personal sacrifice.”

This week, the Giving Pledge signatories are convening for an annual two-day learning conference to discuss their experiences in giving and to learn from each other and outside experts about how to be most effective with their philanthropy. Some of the topics that will be discussed include how to make a difference in education, climate and learn energy, access to health care, community development, and disaster relief.

Some of the philanthropists who previously signed The Giving Pledge include Lynne and Marc Benioff, Manoj Bhargava, Sara Blakely, Michael R. Bloomberg, Richard Branson and Joan Branson, Eli Broad and Edythe Broad, Garrett Camp, Brian Chesky, Steve Case and Jean Case, Ray Dalio and Barbara Dalio, John Paul DeJoria, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, John Doerr and Ann Doerr, Larry Ellison, Dan Gilbert and Jennifer Gilbert, Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin, Carl Icahn, Brad Keywell and Kim Keywell, Vinod Khosla and Neeru Khosla, Gordon Moore and Betty Moore, Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, Elon Musk, Pierre Omidyar and Pam Omidyar, Azim Premji, Stephen M. Ross, Robert F. Smith, Ted Turner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.