Sir Richard Branson, a British entrepreneur and a billionaire has promised to donate at least half of his fortune to charity. He is a founder of the Virgin Group. He has added his name to the Giving Pledge campaign set-up by the U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Sir Richard Branson and his wife Joan Templeman have said in their pledge letter that they wanted to use cash from the company to create ‘a healthy, equitable, and peaceful world for future generations to enjoy’.
According to the Daily Mail, they said, “stuff really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters”.
The reports on the poverty in Britain are alarming. Nearly half of all the children living in the most deprived urban areas are living below the poverty line.
The Giving Pledge was started three years ago by Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and Warren Buffett. And this initiative has encouraged more than 30 other U.S. billionaires to get on the board within just few months. This initiative does not actually accept any money but asks the billionaires to make a moral commitment to give away their wealth to charity and philanthropy. » Indian Express News
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