Giving Pledge Gets New Billionaires To Sign On

The Giving Pledge has eclipsed 200 signees after the latest batch of philanthropists announced, which included MacKenzie Bezos, the soon-to-be ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Another 19 people have signed on to the Giving Pledge, bringing the total number to 204, according to an announcement released yesterday. The pledgers, ranging in age from 33 to 95, span 23 countries.

MacKenzie will hold a 4 percent stake in Amazon once her divorce is final, which is expected in July, according to The New York Times. A 4-percent stake would be worth roughly $36 billion.

The new signatories announced Monday included:

  • Tegan and Brian Action
  • Brian Armstrong
  • Steward and Sandy Bainum
  • Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Musallam Bin Ham Al-Ameri
  • Ben Delo
  • Jeremy and Hanne Grantham
  • David and Claudia Harding
  • Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones
  • Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville
  • Erica and Jeff Lawson
  • Francine A. LeFrak and Rick Friedberg
  • Daoming Liu
  • John and Marcy McCall MacBain
  • Emily and Mitchell Rales
  • Chris and Crystal Sacca
  • Paul and Jennifer Sciarra
  • Nicolai and Katja Tangen
  • Robert and Jane Toll

Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest people to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes during their lifetime or in their wills.

The Giving Pledge signatories convene this week for an annual two-day learning conference to discuss their experiences in giving and to learn from each other and outside experts about how to be most effective with their philanthropy. Among this year’s topics are how philanthropy can make a difference in education, climate and clean energy, equity and access to health care, community development, and disaster relief.

The Giving Pledge does not involve pooling or granting funds or requirements to support any particular cause or organization. For the full list of pledgers and their personal letters stating their commitment to give, visit www.givingpledge.org