The Giving Pledge has announced that seven more families and individuals have signed on to the campaign and pledged to commit at least half their wealth to philanthropy, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to a hundred and twenty-two.
The new signatories are Beth and Seth Klarman, Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, Bob and Renee Parsons, Richard Edwin and Nancy Peery Marriott, Yuri Milner, Dato Sri Tahir, and Hansjörg Wyss. Seth Klarman is CEO of the Baupost Group, while Beth Kalrman serves as president of the Boston-based Klarman Family Foundation. Eric Lefkofsky is CEO and co-founder of Groupon, Inc., while Liz Lefkofsky directs the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Bob Parsons is the founder of Internet domain name registration company GoDaddy, while Renee Parsons serves as vice president of the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. Richard Marriott chairs the board of Host Hotels & Resorts. Milner is a Russian technology investor. Dato Sri Tahir is an Indonesian entrepreneur and the founder and controlling shareholder of Sona Topas IDP - DFS, a leading duty free operator in Indonesia. And the Swiss-born Wyss is chairman emeritus of Synthes, Inc. The total number of Giving Pledgers includes Dubai-based Arif Naqvi, whose participation previously had been unannounced.
With the latest additions, Giving Pledge signatories now represent twelve countries and twenty-five U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
"In this season of giving, we are inspired by the millions of people across the globe who give what they can in meaningful and significant ways," said Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates, who co-founded the Giving Pledge campaign with her husband, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett. "The Giving Pledge is rooted in this spirit and hopes to inspire people to tackle problems that are inherently difficult and diverse in an effort to address the pressing social issues they care about most."