Giving It Away: A Look At Past Decade's $1B Donations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to give away Facebook stock worth $45 billion puts him at the forefront of a philanthropic class that has promised to donate most of their fortunes.

         The elite list includes three men — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, stock market sage Warren Buffet and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison — who are wealthier than Zuckerberg, according to Forbes magazine's latest rankings.

         That trio and Zuckerberg are among the 138 wealthy individuals and families who have signed a "giving pledge" committing them to give away most of their fortunes in an attempt to fix society's problems.

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         Zuckerberg, 31, and his wife Priscilla Chan, 30, waited until the birth of their first child, a girl named Max, to reveal their intention to give away all but 1 percent of the Facebook stock that accounts for most of their fortune.

         Here's a look at the donations of at least $1 billion announced during the past decade, as tracked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy:


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__ Buffet pledged to donate a total of $43.6 billion in 2006 to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and three other foundations.


__ Helen Walton, the wife of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, donated her estimated fortune of $16.4 billion to a family foundation after her death in 2007.

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__ Leona Helmsley, who made her fortune in hotels and other real estate, donated an estimated $5.2 billion to charitable trust after her death in 2007.


__ Medical entrepreneur James Sorenson donated an estimated $4.5 billion to a family foundation after his death in 2008.


__ Buffett pledged to donate $3.1 billion to three different foundations in 2012.


__ Zuckerberg donated $1.5 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2012 and 2013.


__ Hotelier Barron Hilton pledged to donate $1.2 billion to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 2007.


__ Former investment banker Peter Peterson donated $1 billion to a foundation bearing his name in 2008.


__ Ralph Wilson Jr., the longtime owner the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, donated $1 billion to a foundation bearing his name after his death in 2014.




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