Mark Zuckerberg has joined Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and many other wealthy Americans in the Giving Pledge. This is a promise by some of the richest individuals and families in the country to donate at least half of their wealth to charity, either over their lifetime or after their death.
Currently Zuckerberg is estimated to be worth $6.9 billion, and this is not his first time giving to charity. He donated to the open-source social network Diaspora, which called themselves the “anti-Facebook.” He also donated $100 million to the Newark Public Schools, which he did not attend.
According to a release from Zuckerberg, “People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done? With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.”
Maybe, as many have written, he’s a much better person than they made him out to be in The Social Network.
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