Buffett tops 5-year list of most generous billionaires

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Warren Buffett gave away $14.7 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock over five years, putting him in the number one slot of Forbes' list of the "Top 25 Billionaire Givers (2014-2018)." (Buffett also topped the magazine's list of the top givers in 2018.)

 

His five-year total is 16.3% of his current net worth.

Since 2006, when he announced his intention to give away almost all his fortune, Buffett has donated $34 billion. 

 

Most of that has gone to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with smaller amounts going to foundations run by his children.

 

Bill and Melinda Gates, close friends of Buffett's, are number two on the Forbes list with a five-year donation total of $9.9 billion, 9% of their current net worth.

 

The three of them also joined forces in 2010 to create the Giving Pledge.  It currently has 205 wealthy people or families who have agreed to eventually "give the majority of their wealth to address some of society's most pressing problems."

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