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Billionaires with a heart of gold

Last updated on: June 23, 2014 13:05 IST

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Since Bill Gates and Warren Buffett made The Giving Pledge campaign public, philanthropy has come to the limelight.

These two men managed to pursue over 81 billionaires to commit at least half of their fortunes to charity four years back. Since then, the list has been constantly expanding.

Let’s take a look at some of these wealthy families that are giving away their fortune to save the planet.

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Image: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks with his wife Priscilla Chan.
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Bill & Melinda Gates

Rank: 1

Net worth: $74 billion

Total giving 2012: $1.9 billion (2.6 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $28 billion

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Image: Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.
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Warren Buffett

Rank: 2

Net worth: $58.7 billion

Total giving 2012: $1.87 billion (3.2 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $25 billion

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Image: Warren Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion.
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George Soros

Rank: 3

Net worth: $20 billion

Total giving 2012: $763 million (3.2 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $10 billion

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Image: George Soros, chairman of the Soros Fund Management and Open Society, gestures during a speech at Peking University in Beijing.
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Mark Zuckerberg

Rank: 4

Net worth: $23.4 billion

Total giving 2012: $519 million (2.2 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $549 million

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Image: Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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Walton Family

Rank: 5

Net worth: $144.4 billion

Total giving 2012: $432 million (0.3 per cent% of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $4.6 billion

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Image: Wal-Mart Stores family members (L - R) Jim Walton, Alice Walton and Chairman of the Board of Directors Rob Walton recite the Walmart cheer at the annual shareholders meeting.
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Eli & Edythe Broad

Rank: 6

Net worth: $6.9 billion

Total giving 2012: $376 million ($5.5 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $3.5 billion

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Image: Businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad (L) and his wife Edythe Broad attend the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)'s 35th Anniversary Gala.
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Michael Bloomberg

Rank: 7

Net worth: $31 billion

Total giving 2012: $370 million (1.2 per cent of net worth

Lifetime giving: $2.4 billion

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Image: Michael Bloomberg (R) speaks alongside New York City Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley at a news conference.
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Paul Allen

Rank: 8

Net worth: $15.9 billion

Total giving 2012: $327.7 million (2.1 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $2 billion

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Image: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen waves during lunch at the Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho.
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Chuck Feeney

Rank: 9

Net worth: $2 million

Total giving 2012: $313 million (15,650 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $6.3 billion

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Image: Chuck Feeney.
Photographs: Courtesy, University of California San Francisco

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Gordon & Betty Moore

Rank: 10

Net worth: $4.9 billion

Total giving 2012: $250.5 million (5.1 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $2.3 billion

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James & Marilyn Simons

Rank: 11

Net worth: $12 billion

Total giving 2012: $213 million (1.8 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: N/A

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John & Laura Arnold

Rank: 12

Net worth: $2.8 billion

Total giving 2012: $204.4 million (7.2 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $340.1 million

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Carl Icahn

Rank: 13

Net worth: $20.3 billion

Total giving 2012: $200 million (1 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: N/A

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Image: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn gives an interview.
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David Koch

Rank: 14

Net worth: $36 billion

Total giving 2012: $169 million (0.5 per% of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $1.2 billion

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Image: David Koch attends the Metropolitan Opera Season Opening Production Of 'Eugene Onegin'.
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Julian Robertson Jr.

Rank: 15

Net worth: $3.1 billion

Total giving 2012: $145.8 million (4.7 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $1 billion

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Sheldon & Dr. Miriam Adelson

Rank: 16

Net worth: $34 billion

Total giving 2012: $144.8 million (4.7 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $469.5 million

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Stephen Bechtel, Jr

Rank: 17

Net worth: $3.4 billion

Total giving 2012: $102.5 million (3 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $316.6 million

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Michael & Susan Dell

Rank: 18

Net worth: $15.9 billion

Total giving 2012: $100 million (0.6 per cent net worth)

Lifetime giving: $914.4 million

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Hansjorg Wyss

Rank: 19

Net worth: $10 billion

Total giving 2012: $93 million (0.9 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $470 million

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J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver

Rank: 20

Net worth: N/A

Total giving 2012: $91 million

Lifetime giving: $145 million

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William Barron Hilton

Rank: 21

Net worth: $800 million

Total giving 2012: $83 million (10.4 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $1 billion

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Jon Sr. & Karen Huntsman

Rank: 22

Net worth: $1.1 billion

Total giving 2012: $76.8 million (7 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $1.3 billion

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Steve & Alexandra Cohen

Rank: 23

Net worth: $9.3 billion

Total giving 2012: $76.2 million (0.8 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $312.9 million

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George Kaiser

Rank: 24

Net worth: $10 billion

Total giving 2012: $72 million (0.7 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $525 million

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Pierre & Pamela Omidyar

Rank: 25

Net worth: $8.4 billion

Total giving 2012: $69 million (0.8 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $1 billion

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Mortimer Zuckerman

Rank: 26

Net worth: $2.3 billion

Total giving 2012: $64 million (2.8 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $350 million

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William Conway, Jr.

Rank: 27

Net worth: $2.8 billion

Total giving 2012: $55 million (2 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $250 million

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Jeffrey Skoll

Rank: 28

Net worth: $3.8 billion

Total giving 2012: $50.4 million (1.3 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $451.8 million

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Robert & Janice McNair

Rank: 29

Net worth: $2 billion

Total giving 2012: $50.3 million (2.5 per cent of net worth)

Lifetime giving: $257.2 million

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Herbert Sandler

Rank: 30

Net worth: N/A

Total giving 2012: $50.3 million

Lifetime giving: $600 million


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