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Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? The founder of Microsoft, who earns millions of dollars every minute. This one of the world’s wealthiest man has met with another billionaire who is often called the "legendary investor Warren Buffett" the primary shareholder,chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? The founder of Microsoft, who earns millions of dollars every minute. This one of the world’s wealthiest man has met with another billionaire who is often called the “legendary investor Warren Buffett” the primary shareholder,chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. They met last June of 2010. The appointment was only scheduled for two hours but it lasted up to ten hours. If what has been the topic of that conversation to last for such a long time was later on revealed to the world sometime in August 2010 when these two gentlemen together with their groups inaugurated “The Living Pledge“. A crusade that aims to encourage the world’s billionaires to donate half of their bounty to charity by making a pledge. The two made a list of billionaires’ names and started campaigning to them to join the noble cause. Those who wanted to make a pledge may opted to give away 50 % of their riches while they are still alive or after their death. They have to make a public statement of their intention with a letter that states how they want their money to be used. Up to this date, there are already 57 billionaires who have signed on to the pledge. Among them includes; Barry Diller, T. Boone Pickens and Ted Turner.

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I’m hoping that there will be more rich people to sign on this philanthropic campaign. Half of billion dollars is a lot of money. It can feed millions of starving people. It can quench a lot of thirsts. Many lives can be saved and changed. Many sick people can be cured and many abused children can be rehabilitated. Let’s pray that this pledge will hold on to its cause, a living pledge which will pledge to help people in odd situations continue living.

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  1. giritharanj

    On December 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm


    nice share

  2. fagina

    On December 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    More billionaires should come forward and take this pledge.

  3. Brewed Coffee

    On December 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm


    That’s really very generous of them. I hope the beneficiaries would not only be charities. They should put up institutions that teach people livelihood programs. Let’s not just give them food for the day but teach them how to fish for the rest of their lives. At least give them the dignity that they work for what’s on the table and not just depend on dole outs.

    A great post Cris!

  4. LadyElena

    On December 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm


    I admire the Charitable work they do, particularly Bill Gates as I know more about him.

  5. orlando javier

    On December 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm


    very good article, cris!

  6. lapasan

    On December 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm


    I hope that these people will make good their pledge. It will help a lot of starving people in the world.

  7. Yovita Siswati

    On December 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm


    Very generous charitable work. Great post.

  8. margaridab

    On December 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm


    If only the money could be better shared in this world!

  9. Ruby Hawk

    On December 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm


    It’s a wonderful thing to do even if it’s for tax purposes, people will still benefit.

  10. lyan08

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm


    nice share.

  11. Eunice Tan

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm


    Yes, if we are rich we should care for other people.

  12. nz2rdfox

    On December 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm


    good for them..they have a lot anyways, if people who got less can share..how much more them..:)

    Great share kabayan..:)

  13. Rhodora Bande

    On December 11, 2010 at 5:39 am


    Wow, that’s a noble act that they are doing.

  14. SharifaMcFarlane

    On December 11, 2010 at 10:25 am


    This is a wonderful idea. It can do a lot of good.

  15. Likha

    On December 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm


    A great act of kindness from two of the wealthiest men on earth. I believe some rich people get richer because they give more, and they give more because they have more to give. It’s sort of a karmic cycle. For poor people, it works in the reverse.

  16. Freethinking

    On December 13, 2010 at 6:07 am


    Too bad more people don’t follow their lead. When you have obscene amounts of money it is only fitting that you give back. Thanks.

  17. lillyrose

    On December 13, 2010 at 6:41 am


    This has got to be good news. I hope the money goes on educating people to fend and tend for themselves.

  18. Sharif Ishnin

    On December 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm


    In this world not all wealthy people are cruel and greedy. This two guys are perfect examples of the good ones. In the end its not about wealth but its about the generous and giving heart.

  19. culprit pontiff

    On December 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    i have heard of this before.. It’s good that they started it..
    but I know, there are rich people who don’t need to flaunt that they are doing the same..After building wealth on earth..then they will start building wealth on afterlife..

  20. Jane Campbell

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:47 am


    This is a lovely article!! It shows the other side of people with wealth. Sometimes we automatically assume that those with money are greedy, selfish pigs, and then you hear about this story and it gives one hope. Thanks for sharing this, Cris..

  21. Stable

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:28 am


    I found that article really uplifting – thanks! These people could change (and save) so many lives

  22. SimplyShash

    On December 17, 2010 at 2:00 am


    I agree. Nice post.

  23. LCM Linda

    On December 17, 2010 at 6:41 am


    Good news. Hope more rich people join in the donation.

  24. yes me

    On December 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm


    Liked this one cheers

  25. mysocalledlife

    On December 21, 2010 at 9:21 am


    This is so refreshing to read and inspiring as well… I wish that the Living Pledge will live up for its cause, really nice share

  26. Mark Gomez

    On December 23, 2010 at 7:53 am


    thanks for sharing

  27. gvgatchalian

    On January 3, 2011 at 1:38 am


    I greatly admire people who pursue riches and fame but do not forget their role to help those who aren’t as blessed. Nice post!

  28. AJ Garcia

    On January 3, 2011 at 7:30 am


    Wow. That’s very generous of them. There’s a saying, the more you give, the more you received… :)

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