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Bill Gates, left, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett speak during a press conference Monday, June 26, 2006 in New York.
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Expanding the circle.
GIVING IT AWAY

14 more of the world’s richest people have signed the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge

By David Wexner

In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates united with Warren Buffet to create The Giving Pledge, enlisting 40 American philanthropists to join them in promising to donate at least half their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes or in their wills. The group has grown every year since and is now an international coterie, 183 members strong, including 14 new inductees announced on May 30.

While the organization already includes people of many distinct backgrounds and philanthropic interests—they include representatives from three different generations, 28 US states, and 22 countries—the newest signatories diversify and expand its range even further.

These are the 14 newest individuals and couples to join the pledge, listed alphabetically, along with their country of residence. Net worth figures are from Forbes and Glasspockets.

Aneel and Allison Bhusri ($1.72 B, United States)

Aneel Bhusri is the CEO and co-founder of Workday, a business software firm. Allison, his wife, is a founding partner of the venture capital fund Lemonade Capital.

David Booth ($1.63 B, United States)

Booth is co-founder and executive chairman of Dimensional Fund Advisors. Before joining the Giving Pledge, Booth made waves by donating a record $300 million to his alma mater, the University of Chicago, which named its business school for him.

Charles Butt ($10.7 B, United States)

H-E-B, a grocery chain based in San Antonio, Texas, has belonged to the Butt family since 1905, and since 1933 has earmarked 5% of its pre-tax earnings for charity. As chairman and CEO since 1971, Butt has expanded the company to 400 stores and $25 billion in revenue. His personal philanthropy is focused on public education.

Garrett Camp ($4.8 B, United States)

Camp is the co-founder and chairman of Uber, designing the first version of the now-ubiquitous ride-hailing service. He also is the founding CEO of StumbleUpon and the founder and CEO of Expa, which has raised $150 million to build new companies with a network of entrepreneurs. At 39, this Canadian, who resides in San Francisco, is one of the youngest people to join the pledge.

Mario and Regina Gabelli ($1.69 B, United States)

Mario Gabelli is the founder, chairman, and CEO of investment firm GAMCO, where his wife, Regina, works as the director of institutional marketing. The couple has donated to educational causes for decades via their family foundation.

Orion and Jackie Hindawi ($1 B, United States)

Orion Hindawi is the co-founder and CEO of systems management company Tanium, which he founded alongside his father. In their pledge, Hindawi and his wife, Jackie, the parents of a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, wrote, “We are blessed to have come into the means to give while we are young, and we look forward to giving the vast majority of our wealth away.”

Reid Hoffman and Michelle Yee ($3.3 B, United States)

A founding board member of PayPal, Reid Hoffman is most famous for co-founding LinkedIn. His wife, Michelle Yee, who met Hoffman in college, is a former pediatric speech-language pathologist. She completed a doctorate in education in 2014, with an emphasis on international human rights education, and is on the advisory committee of the disability rights division of Human Rights Watch.

Badr Jafar and Razan Al Mubarak ($1.65 B, United Arab Emirates)

Badr Jafr is CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a UAE-based conglomerate, and president of Crescent Petroleum. He is also the founder of the Pearl Initiative, a nonprofit that works with the UN Office for Partnerships to promote corporate responsibility and transparency in the Persian Gulf region.

Richard and Melanie Lundquist (net worth unknown, United States)

Partners in marriage, business, and philanthropy, the Lundquists are the co-owners of Continental Development Corp., a Southern California-based commercial development company, and co-founders of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, focusing on non-charter public schools.

Rohini and Nandan Nilekani ($1.91 B, India)

Nandan Nilekani is co-founder and CEO of tech giant Infosys. His wife, Rohini, is the founder of Arghyam, which funds sustainable water and sanitation projects all throughout India.

Ernest and Evelyn Rady ($2.1 B, United States)

Ernest Rady is the founder, president, and CEO of American Assets Trust and the founder and chairman of Insurance Company of the West. He and his wife, Evelyn Rady, a retired social worker, are natives of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived in San Diego, California, since 1966. Their giving helped establish the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine and the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego.

B.R. Shetty and C.R. Shetty ($4.1 B, United Arab Emirates)

Serial entrepreneur B.R. Shetty is the founder of international healthcare company NMC Health, the financial remittances company Finablr, and the drug company Neopharma. a UAE based multi-national healthcare organization. He has invested $1.8 billion in healthcare, hospitality, and education in India’s Andhra Pradesh state.

Shamsheer and Shabeena Vayalil ($1.5 B, United Arab Emirates and India)

Shamsheer Vayalil is the founder of VPS Healthcare, which is based in the UAE and now has 22 hospitals and more than 125 medical centers in four countries. He is a member of the Kerala NRI Commission, a quasi-judicial entity in the Indian state of Kerala to protect the rights of non-resident Indians, and was active in the campaign for Indian expatriates to be given the right to vote from overseas in India’s elections. He and Shabeena, his wife, live with their children in Abu Dhabi.