Titans of Philanthropy

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Forbes Magazine Photo (left to right): Warren Buffett; Oprah Winfrey; Bill Gates; Melinda Gates; Peter Peterson; Leon Black; Jon Bon Jovi; Marc Benioff; David Rubenstein; Steve Case; Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen; Marc Andreessen.

Would you want to be remembered most for the money you made or the money you gave away? These 12 “Titans of Philanthropy,” who grace the cover of Forbes magazine … have clearly chosen the latter path.

The portrait, taken by Forbes contributing photographer Michael Prince in the Trustees Room of the New York Public Library, captures a dozen people who represent a breathtaking amount of wealth—and good will—all in one room: not less than $126 billion in net worth for this esteemed bunch of philanthropists….
The occasion of the photo was the first-ever Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy on June 26, 2012, a gathering of 161 billionaires and near-billionaires who … work on solving the world’s most intractable problems. But even among such a rarefied group, these 12 stood, as Randall Lane of Forbes put it, “a notch above.”

Visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/forbes-photographs–titans-of-philanthropy.html for the behind-the-scenes video explaining how this group was selected. Says Lane, “These are all people who have given serious money, serious time to philanthropy, almost always, both.”

The charitable giving is as eye-popping as the wealth: Bill and Melinda Gates with their globally influential foundation; Buffett, who has given away 99 percent of his money; Arrillaga-Andreessen and Andreessen, who have said they are donating half their profits as they make them, a new paradigm; and Bon Jovi, who shows that with celebrity comes the privilege of showing others how giving is done. Forbes ranked as the top celebrity philanthropist. Who knew?

-adapted from Forbes


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