Though we usually assume that wealthy people like to spend their hard-earned money on houses, cars, jets, diamonds and exotic vacations (among many other things), some of them just want to live a quiet life and help others. In 2010, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates started the Giving Pledge, a campaign that encourages some of the world’s wealthiest people to donate a significant amount of their fortune to philanthropic causes. Here are the 10 (out of 128 and counting) billionaires who have joined the Giving Pledge.
The former mayor of New York City is a business magnate worth $36.5 billion, which makes him the 10th richest person in the United States, as well as the 13th wealthiest person in the world. The 73-year-old philanthropist is focused on his charity work these days, so he started the Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation which dedicates its time, effort and sources to public health and the environment. In addition to that, Bloomberg was listed as a top 10 American philanthropist between 2004 and 2011.