It’s nice to know that greed doesn’t always win.
Bernie and Billi Marcus and Ted Turner are among 40 wealthy families and individuals who have pledged to give away at least half of their fortunes to charity through “The Giving Pledge” campaign, AJC staffer Shelia Poole reports.
Six weeks ago, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett launched a movement to get other billionaires to donate at least half of their fortunes. On Wednesday released the first list of people who have made a commitment, Poole writes.
“I grew up with a Jewish upbringing that teaches you that giving back is very, very important,” said Bernie Marcus, a co-founder of Atlanta-based Home Depot and the man who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to build the Georgia Aquarium. “It’s something I learned as a child and I’m not waiting until I die to give it away. It feels good to do good things.”
In 2006, Buffett decided to give 99 percent of his fortune to charity. Then, he was worth about $44 billion.
Turner could not be reached for comment, but on The Giving Pledge website, the billionaire media mogul said in a letter that giving back was something that was instilled in him by his father, Poole reports.
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