Building a Better World

Welcome the newest class of billionaires who have pledged to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Fourteen more billionaires have signed on to the Giving Pledge – the initiative created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010 to “help address society’s most pressing problems”  by shifting “the social norms of philanthropy toward giving more, giving sooner and giving smarter.”

The new signatories plan to use their wealth to support causes focused on poverty alleviation, education, healthcare research, climate change and the environment.

“We all have a moral obligation as the more affluent in society to give back as best we know how,” MeTL Group CEO Mohammed Dewji of Tanzania said in a statement.

“Bill and Warren and I are excited to welcome the new, very international group of philanthropists joining the Giving Pledge, and we look forward to learning from their diverse experiences,”  Melinda Gates said in a press release.

More than 168 billionaires have now signed the pledge and they represent 21 countries and range in age from 31 to 93.

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