Friday, October 12, 2012

THE $126 BILLION PHOTOGRAPH




Photograph by Michael Prince

In this epic group photo taken on June 26, 2012 by Michael Prince for Forbes Magazine, we see twelve well known philanthropists with a total net worth of $126 billion. This photograph, which graces the cover of the 30th anniversary issue of the Forbes 400, crowned an incredible event.

In June, 161 billionaires and near-billionaires came together in New York at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, a chance for the most successful people on the planet to use their resources and the mind-set that built that success to try to solve the world’s most intractable problems.

From left to right we have:
Warren Buffett (who has pledged 99% of his net worth to charity),
Oprah Winfrey, Bill & Melinda Gates (who have given away an estimated $28 billion so far), Peter Peterson,
Leon Black,
Jon Bon Jovi (who Forbes ranked the most charitable celebrity last year),
Marc Beinoff (pledged $100 million toward a new Children’s Hospital),
David Rubenstein,
Steve Case, and
Marc & Laura Andreessen (who has pledged to give away more than half of his VC earnings).