The number of philanthropists responding to Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett’s appeal for increased generosity grew today, as 11 more wealthy families and individuals announced they have signed the Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half of their wealth to charity.
Established in 2010, the Giving Pledge is an effort by the three billionaires to encourage their wealthy peers to give significant donations to charity. The effort is not limited to donors in the United States. In February, 12 families from Australia, Britain, Germany, India, Malaysia, Russia, and South Africa signed the pledge.
This new group of signers come from backgrounds in apparel, finance, politics, real estate, and technology and brings the number of Giving Pledge signers to 114.
Following are the newest people to sign the pledge:
- Michael Anthony Ashcroft, a member of the House of Lords
- Sara Blakely, who founded the women’s undergarment company, Spanx
- Joseph Craft III, chief executive of Alliance Resource Partners, a coal company
- Craig McCaw, who helped start many cellular companies, and his wife, Susan, a former U.S. Ambassador to Austria
- Stephen Ross, founder of the real-estate development firm, Related Companies and the majority owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins
- Paul Singer, who founded Elliott Management Corporation, a trading firm
- Mark Stevens, a former managing partner of Sequoia Capital, a technology venture-capital firm, and his wife, Mary, a former vice president of the real estate firm Cornish & Carey Commercial
- Tad Taube, president of the Koret Foundation, a $400-million philanthropy in San Francisco.
- Samuel Yin, head of Taiwan’s Ruentex Group, which has holdings in finance, real estate, and other businesses.