They spent their lives amassing millions—sometimes even billions—then promised to give most of it away. Here are a few of the wealthiest one percent who have promised the majority of their fortunes to philanthropies and charitable organizations. Through their example, maybe more moguls will take up the banners of bigger causes.
Bill Gates will make an appearance on CBS’ current season of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ this March. The Microsoft co-founder will play himself in an episode where Penny hosts him at work. Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have also made appearances.
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett has teamed up with Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan to launch a new healthcare company. The vision’s still fuzzy, but it aims to cut costs and boost satisfaction with a potentially revolutionary employee health care plan.
In the 10th edition of their annual letter, Melinda and Bill Gates took on President Trump’s “America First worldview,” with Melinda writing: “I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets.”
In a New Year’s post on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg said the social network was making too many mistakes enforcing policies and preventing misuse. Facebook has been criticized for allowing “fake” news, including some paid for by Russians, to spread during the U.S. elections.