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11 more US billionaires join Gates, Buffett charity pledge

Published on Sep 19, 2012 4:23 PM
 
Co-founder and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman and former chief executive of Microsoft Bill Gates speaks during a panel discussion of the 19th International AIDS Conference on July 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. Eleven billionaires added their names on Tuesday to the effort by Mr Gates and Mr Warren Buffett to donate half their fortunes to charity, bringing the total to 92. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Eleven billionaires added their names on Tuesday to the effort by Mr Bill Gates and Mr Warren Buffett to donate half their fortunes to charity, bringing the total to 92.

The newest members of the club include Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, and Mr Charles Bronfman, the Canadian-born former head of Seagram.

The Giving Pledge, announced in 2010, was launched by Microsoft mogul Gates and investment guru Buffett who want to convince the richest people in the country to give 50 per cent or more of their fortune to charity.

The group includes CNN founder Ted Turner, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Hollywood director George Lucas, as well as Mr Buffett and Mr Gates.

 
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