|Formation 2010||Website givingpledge.org|
|Type Charitable organization|
Founders Bill Gates and Warren Buffett
The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthy people of the world to contribute their wealth to philanthropic causes.
The organization's goal is to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give half of their net worth to philanthropy, either during their lifetime or upon their death. The pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract.
In June 2010, the Giving Pledge campaign was formally announced and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began recruiting members. As of August 2010, the aggregate wealth of the first 40 pledgers was $125 billion. As of April 2011, 69 billionaires had joined the campaign and given a pledge, and by the following year,The Huffington Post reported that a total of 81 billionaires had committed. As of 2012, signatories of the pledge included: Hasso Plattner, David Rockefeller, Azim Premji, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Sara Blakely, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. By June 2016, 154 individuals and/or couples were listed as pledgers.
$732 billion has been pledged by 139 individuals. Below is a list of all net worth amounts (pledges are not shown):