The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

11 more US billionaires join Gates, Buffett charity pledge


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.