Technological Innovators Are Changing Philanthropy: Insights From The Giving Pledge | Brookings Institution: "Who are the Billionaire Givers?
In a recent paper with Jana Sadeh, we shed some light on the characteristics and motivations of very rich philanthropists. To do this, we exploit the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic venture launched in June 2010 by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates that encourages billionaires, from the U.S. initially and worldwide later, to donate at least half of their wealth in pursuit of charitable causes of the pledger's choice. As of May 2014, 127 families and individuals from 12 countries with an estimated net worth of $600 billion have signed the Pledge. Twenty-three of these families made their fortunes in technology."
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