Super-Philanthropists

How will the Giving Pledge, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's quest to get billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity, impact philanthropy and the world's needy?

Even the well-publicized efforts of superstars like Bono and Angelina Jolie cannot compare with the potentially globe-changing quest of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, the two richest men in America. For over a year now, in a new voluntary, ad-hoc association called the Giving Pledge, these self-made mega-billionaires have been urging their peers to donate at least half their fortunes for the common good. They are asking the über-rich in America—as well as around the world—to stand up publicly and commit hundreds of millions, if not tens of billions, of dollars to the charities of their choice.

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