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Global and local icons are known for their charitable donations almost as much as they are known for excelling in their fields. Celebrities have often donated huge amounts from their personal wealth or through foundations for a noble cause. Mint takes a look at four such people.
The former Microsoft chief has donated $29 billion towards his charitable organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation works to improve healthcare, offer educational opportunities and access to information technology, among other things. The couple have pledged to donate 95% of their personal fortune.
Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO and chairman made donations to the tune of $2.8 billion in July to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also contributed $2 billion towards charitable causes and organizations. His biggest donation, however, is a pledge to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will receive a whopping $37 billion after Buffett’s death.
The business magnate has donated around £5.1 billion to health and educational institutes around the world. He supported underprivileged students in apartheid-era South Africa and backed progressive institutions in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
Following Gates, Buffett and Soros is technology giant Gordon Moore. The Intel founder reportedly donated about $6.8 billion to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation that he runs with his wife. According to its website, the foundation has interests in environmental conservation, scientific research and higher education.