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The most generous billionaire

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

One billionaire far outpaced any others last year in his generosity to charity: Warren Buffett. The 82-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway gave $3.09 billion, more than half the total amount given by the other 14 on the list of largest charitable donations, published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett gave more than $3 billion to charity last year.

The top 15 gifts to charity totaled $5.1 billion in 2012, up from $2.6 billion the year before.

Buffett is putting his money where his mouth is. In 2010 he announced that he was giving 90 percent of his fortune to charity and urged other rich Americans to donate at least half of their wealth. Since then, his Giving Pledge, as the campaign is called, has attracted dozens of billionaires, including media tycoon Ted Turner and Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison.

Buffett's $3.09 billion gift last year was in the form of stock, to be divided equally among foundations run by his children. After Buffett, the largest donations in 2012 came from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose $498.8 million gift to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will support health and education. No. 3 is Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, with a $300 million donation to the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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149 Comments
Fred Smith
January 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I'm on ss. disability from an auto accident in 1989...I'm not a begger...I enter all these contests, which turn out to be scams.. I've applied everywhere I can think of trying to get a generous heart who'll lend us $20,000.00.

Michelle
January 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

God Bless you, Mr. Buffett. You encourage every day people to give, also.

Vlado
January 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Lets do the math:)
$5.1 billion total, $3.09 To foundations that are RUN by his (Warren Buffets) children. That Leaves us with $2.01 Billion that has been given to others. That equates to kids that dont have to work hard and have a definite paycheck.
Dad (Warren Buffet) gets to write off $5.1 Billion in taxes because he made HOW MUCH???????????
Still not stimulate. Though i feel that most of the communist patriots feel that I should be.

Harold Dorsey
January 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

look like a couplela dollars on hand

Sal J Santoro
January 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thank you Mr. Buffett. You are a credit to this country.
I think you should become the CEO of U.S. congress.

eliu maldonado
January 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

EXELENTE, ME GUSTARIA QUE LOS DEMAS MILLONARIOS FUERAN COMO EL.,LA GENTE ESTA DESESPERADA, NO HAY TRABAJO, LOS TIEMPOS SON DIFICILES,LA ECONOMIA,NO ESTA BIEN,PERO CUANDO ALGUIEN DA NO DE LO QUE LE SOBRA,,,NO SINO DE LO QUE TIENE,,,ES MAS GENEROZO QUE EL QUE DA DE LO QUE LE SOBRA,,,UN APLAUSO PARA MR WARREN BUFFETT,,,,,,, ME GUSTARIA, CONOCERLO EN PERSONA,,,PERO LO VEO IMPOSIBLE... Y PARA QUE PARA QUE ME DIERA, LA MANERA DE APRENDER A COMO TRIUNFAR,,,Y SALIR ADELANTE, YO PERDI MI CASA, TRABAJO,MI PADRE, HOY TENGO UN TRABAJO DE MEDIA JORNADA,,,PORQUE NO HAY MAS,,,PERO CONTENTO, ESPERANDO OTRA OPORTUNIDAD,,,,EXELENTE EJEMPLO MR,WARREN BUFFETT.

Ed
January 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I've been forcedd to live on SS. Can't find a job after 30 yrs in real estate. Younger people don't realize the value in seniors. Mr.Buffett could help by giving a positive verbal work about the reliability of the senior experience.

Julie Shaff
January 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I have hoped for years that someone would help me get my smile back!! Hasn't happen yet

Norine
January 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I wonder what the Koch brothers donated, and lets not forget about Grover Norquist. Mr Buffett is a good man to give to the less fortunate, we should all stop and think about that.

Friday
January 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Mr Warren Buffett beleives in giving and paying more in taxes. I applaud his unselfihness.You,re a real American!!!