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|Zach|
08-04-2010, 12:31 PM
Gates, Buffett lead campaign to persuade America's wealthiest to donate their fortunes

little over a year after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began hatching a plan over dinner to persuade America's wealthiest people to give most of their fortunes to charity, more than three-dozen individuals and families have agreed to take part, campaign organizers announced Wednesday.

In addition to Buffett and Gates — America's two wealthiest individuals, with a combined net worth of $90 billion, according to Forbes — 38 other billionaires have signed The Giving Pledge. They include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller, film director George Lucas and investor Ronald Perelman.

"We're off to a terrific start," Buffett, co-founder and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said in a conference call also attended by Bloomberg and San Francisco hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor, founder of OneCalifornia Bank.

Buffett said he and Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and Gates' wife Melinda made calls to fellow billionaires on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans — in many cases, people they had never met — to try to persuade them to join the giving pledge.

"We contacted between 70 and 80 people to get the 40. A few were unavailable. We don’t give up on them. Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. We’ll keep on working," Buffett said.

Bloomberg, who made the bulk of his estimated $17.5 billion fortune from financial news and information services company Bloomberg L.P., said it didn't make sense to leave everything to his children and have them go through life as members of "the lucky sperm club."

"You don’t want to leave them so much money that it ruins their lives," Bloomberg said. "You want kids who can look back and say, 'Yeah my family helped me but I did something on my own.'
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Added Steyer: "We need to support each other. I look at this as replanting your garden so that future generations will have a full bounty of crops."
The United States has roughly 400 billionaires — about 40 percent of the world's total — with a combined net worth of $1.2 trillion, according to Forbes. If they all took the pledge, that would amount to at least $600 billion for charity.

The 40 names that have pledged to date have a combined net worth surpassing $230 billion, according to Forbes. Several of them have said they plan to give away much more than 50 percent of their wealth. Buffett has promised to donate more than 99 percent of his wealth.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38556042/ns/us_news-giving/

Pestilence
08-04-2010, 12:33 PM
Yeah.....we'll see where the money REALLY goes.

Marcus_Halberstram
08-04-2010, 12:33 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

Pestilence
08-04-2010, 12:34 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

Fuck that shit.


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loochy
08-04-2010, 12:38 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

This is a very un-ChiefsPlanet-like opinion.

Wtf bro?

gblowfish
08-04-2010, 12:40 PM
Can they loan me fifty till pay day?

DJ's left nut
08-04-2010, 12:41 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

Don't forget 'legalize marijuana'.

Hippies love legalizing marijuana.

Demonpenz
08-04-2010, 12:43 PM
what they need is to just give it to M.C. Hammer.

teedubya
08-04-2010, 12:44 PM
If David Rockefeller is on that list, I am suspect to it's true mission. Not of fan of David Rockefeller, whom some consider to be the most powerful man in the world.

InChiefsHell
08-04-2010, 12:48 PM
I wonder why they didn't just give it to the gubment? Probably because even Buffet knows the government would just piss it all away. A Charity is much more accountable for cash it receives.

By the way, these are the evil rich bastards who are greedily snatching up all the wealth in the world. I hate those guys...

Lonewolf Ed
08-04-2010, 12:53 PM
I'd graciously accept 20 grand or so of their charity in hopes that it would ease any guilt they feel over having amassed such wealth by cheating on taxes or whatever they do. I am here to help, rich folks!

DA_T_84
08-04-2010, 12:54 PM
"charity"


That's a very, very open term.

Deberg_1990
08-04-2010, 01:18 PM
I thought they already donated half their wealth to the Governments "Share the Wealth" plan??

Buck
08-04-2010, 01:32 PM
I wonder if they pooled all their money together (not half, all), if they would even make a dent in the national deficit.

Ebolapox
08-04-2010, 01:34 PM
I wonder if they pooled all their money together (not half, all), if they would even make a dent in the national deficit.

no, not even fucking close.

Frazod
08-04-2010, 01:35 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

I think we should divide the homeless in half, and feed one half to another. That would solve all kinds of problems.

|Zach|
08-04-2010, 01:39 PM
no, not even ****ing close.

It would make a dent. Their combined wealth was 1.2 trillion.

The national deficit is just above 13 or so. Not a lot but...a dent.

Saulbadguy
08-04-2010, 01:39 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

Marcus. How thought provoking.

Detoxing
08-04-2010, 01:43 PM
Guess it's time for me to start a charity. Hrmm....maybe a Charity to help all the retards on ChiefsPlanet? What should I name it though?

Ebolapox
08-04-2010, 01:47 PM
It would make a dent. Their combined wealth was 1.2 trillion.

The national deficit is just above 13 or so. Not a lot but...a dent.

small dent. not even 10% of the federal deficit. to me, that's not even fucking close (when you're talking about that much money)

Discuss Thrower
08-04-2010, 01:48 PM
My conspiracy theorist side is in panic mode right now. Why would rich people give away their money unless they know shit's about to go tits up in a hurry?

Rausch
08-04-2010, 01:48 PM
So they have agreed to give their money away to less intelligent people.

Who will receive this money for free.



Honestly, I think what Gates is doing is fucking awesome, but as soon as he's removed from teh picture, considering the money involved, this $3it goes south like Wal-Mart Post-Walton...

wutamess
08-04-2010, 01:51 PM
Guess it's time for me to start a charity. Hrmm....maybe a Charity to help all the retards on ChiefsPlanet? What should I name it though?

Chiefplanetardian Foundation.

|Zach|
08-04-2010, 01:53 PM
small dent. not even 10% of the federal deficit. to me, that's not even ****ing close (when you're talking about that much money)

A dent...isn't something huge.

I guess we just disagree on what a dent means.

blaise
08-04-2010, 01:55 PM
Good for them. I have to laugh a little though when I read these comments every so often from one of these guys saying they don't believe in leaving everything to their kids. I'm guessing the kids will be cashing a gigantic check someday from these guys. "I didn't leave my kids a billion, just 25 million. Now they'll have to go work for themselves."

Rausch
08-04-2010, 01:57 PM
My conspiracy theorist side is in panic mode right now. Why would rich people give away their money unless they know shit's about to go tits up in a hurry?

Guilt...

Rausch
08-04-2010, 01:58 PM
Chiefplanetardian Foundation.

Pointless.

Me and Goat-fucker would get all the money...

blaise
08-04-2010, 01:58 PM
So they have agreed to give their money away to less intelligent people.

Who will receive this money for free.



Honestly, I think what Gates is doing is ****ing awesome, but as soon as he's removed from teh picture, considering the money involved, this $3it goes south like Wal-Mart Post-Walton...

Well, if they died and hadn't done it the government would be getting most of it. So decide for yourself who deserves it less.

Rausch
08-04-2010, 02:00 PM
Well, if they died and hadn't done it the government would be getting most of it. So decide for yourself who deserves it less.

"Sir, would you prefer to dip your testicles in acid or a wood-fired oven?...."

Thig Lyfe
08-04-2010, 02:02 PM
Holy shit, America has 400 billionaires? Doesn't that seem like a lot? There are 400 Scrooge McDucks out there, swimming in gold coins. Nice that 40 of them are giving back in a big way, though.

Thig Lyfe
08-04-2010, 02:06 PM
Good for them. I have to laugh a little though when I read these comments every so often from one of these guys saying they don't believe in leaving everything to their kids. I'm guessing the kids will be cashing a gigantic check someday from these guys. "I didn't leave my kids a billion, just 25 million. Now they'll have to go work for themselves."

I was shocked when I saw Buffett was pledging 99% of his wealth until I realized that that 1% is probably ten times more money than I'll ever make in my life.

Bugeater
08-04-2010, 02:07 PM
Whatever. Most of these pricks are probably the same people who have run our economy into the fucking ground. I'd rather see them all make a suicide pact.

ChiTown
08-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Whatever. Most of these pricks are probably the same people who have run our economy into the ****ing ground. I'd rather see them all make a suicide pact.

:spock:

Arrowhead Nation
08-04-2010, 02:33 PM
If they gave that 600 Billion to every American, it would be about 2000/person.

vailpass
08-04-2010, 02:35 PM
You watch, IF this happens it will be in such a way that the donators make a profit on it.
How do you think they got to be billionaires in the first place?

Hydrae
08-04-2010, 02:44 PM
You watch, IF this happens it will be in such a way that the donators make a profit on it.
How do you think they got to be billionaires in the first place?

By not spending much

vailpass
08-04-2010, 02:55 PM
By not spending much

Close.
By not spending much that doesn't net them a healthy ROI.

Rausch
08-04-2010, 02:56 PM
If they gave that 600 Billion to every American, it would be about 2000/person.

That would help a $3it ton of people...

jjjayb
08-04-2010, 03:00 PM
I think we should divide the homeless in half, and feed one half to another. That would solve all kinds of problems.

ROFL

BigCatDaddy
08-04-2010, 03:41 PM
Was Donger's name on that list?

BigRichard
08-04-2010, 03:50 PM
Was Donger's name on that list?

I didn't see Donger but there was definitely a Dane.

Adept Havelock
08-04-2010, 04:10 PM
I think we should divide the homeless in half, and feed one half to another. That would solve all kinds of problems.

Nice, every idea comes around again. Jonathan Swift would be so pleased. :clap:

http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html

Donger
08-04-2010, 04:23 PM
"We contacted between 70 and 80 people to get the 40. A few were unavailable. We don’t give up on them."

LMAO

Donger
08-04-2010, 04:33 PM
Was Donger's name on that list?

Not yet. But, I think back to grade school when the teacher did the "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question. Most answers were "brewmeister!" and such. Mine was "robber baron."

Hog Farmer
08-04-2010, 04:38 PM
This is great news because it just so happens I started a charity last week for people with (cams) compulsive animal masturbating syndrome. I have the land already to start the farm but I'm in need of several different species of animals. By the way if any body knows where I can get a Rhino please send me a PM. Thanks.

LaChapelle
08-04-2010, 04:59 PM
Is it the old money that's not letting go
I could understand that

vailpass
08-04-2010, 05:05 PM
Is it the old money that's not letting go
I could understand that

Yep. That's how it got old.

BIG_DADDY
08-04-2010, 05:39 PM
With that kind of money Gates can vaccinate the world

boogblaster
08-04-2010, 05:49 PM
its some kind of tax shelter

Rausch
08-04-2010, 05:51 PM
Nice, every idea comes around again. Jonathan Swift would be so pleased. :clap:

http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html

LMAO

”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy Colorado child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled ...”

InChiefsHell
08-04-2010, 07:11 PM
The hatred for the rich and successful always puzzles me. They make a shit load of money (and also create a lot of prosperity for others while they are making a shit load of money) and that's evil. Then they make a huge gesture to give a huge percentage of it away to charity, and that's evil.

America. Who knew?

Bearcat2005
08-04-2010, 07:23 PM
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

What about Sri Lanka?

BigChiefFan
08-04-2010, 10:50 PM
"Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. We’ll keep on working," Buffett said.

That's a weird ass quote.

BIG_DADDY
08-04-2010, 10:55 PM
The hatred for the rich and successful always puzzles me. They make a shit load of money (and also create a lot of prosperity for others while they are making a shit load of money) and that's evil. Then they make a huge gesture to give a huge percentage of it away to charity, and that's evil.

America. Who knew?

That's a very vague statement. Who hates all rich people? If you could be specific it would help.

HoneyBadger
08-04-2010, 11:12 PM
Guess it's time for me to start a charity. Hrmm....maybe a Charity to help all the retards on ChiefsPlanet? What should I name it though?

C.P.R.=ChiefsPlanet Retards.

BIG_DADDY
08-04-2010, 11:20 PM
"Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. We’ll keep on working," Buffett said.

That's a weird ass quote.

Great quote. What I get from that is irregardless of where an individual is on the path we need to all need to keep working from that point to advance. I could elaborate if I thought anyone cared to hear it.

googlegoogle
08-05-2010, 01:52 AM
which charities?

InChiefsHell
08-05-2010, 05:35 AM
That's a very vague statement. Who hates all rich people? If you could be specific it would help.

OK, hate is a strong word. I guess the cynicism is what gets me. Just read the thread, there are a few posts full of cynicism, and some outright vitriol towards rich people simply because they are rich people. Like that makes them evil and untrustworthy, that their motives are all driven by money and greed etc.

It was just a passing comment is all.

RJ
08-05-2010, 08:27 AM
That is very kind and generous of those 40 people and families. Kudos to them.

BIG_DADDY
08-05-2010, 09:02 AM
OK, hate is a strong word. I guess the cynicism is what gets me. Just read the thread, there are a few posts full of cynicism, and some outright vitriol towards rich people simply because they are rich people. Like that makes them evil and untrustworthy, that their motives are all driven by money and greed etc.

It was just a passing comment is all.

Fair enough.