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.
One of America’s richest men is now its no. 2 real estate broker. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought HomeServices of America, Inc. in 2000; the company has since grown through acquisitions, including Long & Foster Cos. last year, to dominate its business sector.
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.
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.”
Michael Bloomberg will write a $4.5 million check to cover the 2018 U.S. financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement after President Trump pulled out last year. The former NYC mayor and billionaire said he hopes Trump will have changed his mind by next year.