Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of a British airline EasyJet and EasyHotel has joined the group of super-rich philanthropists who have signed Bill and Melinda Gates’ Giving Pledge by intending to give away majority of his personal wealth in charity.
The Giving Pledge was an initiative started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet in 2010 to encourage wealthy people in contributing the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Today, Giving Pledge includes 168 signatories, 21 countries and 14 individuals including the Cypriot entrepreneur – Sir Stelios. His estimated worth is £1.9billion and has pledged to give away majority of his wealth to philanthropist causes. These members will devote their wealth during their lifetime or after their death as per their choice.
Currently, the Giving Pledge consists of a group of elite super-rich entrepreneurs ranging from Africa to America and Australia to China. Here is the list of all 14 signatories:
- Leonard H. Ainsworth – Australia
- Mohammed Dewji – Tanzania
- Dagmar Dolby – United States
- Dong Fangjun – People’s Republic of China
- Anne Grete Eidsvig and Kjell Inge Røkke – Norway
- Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou – Monaco, Cyprus
- Nick and Leslie Hanauer – United States
- Iza and Samo Login – Slovenia
- Dean and Marianne Metropoulos – United States
- Terry and Susan Ragon – United States
- Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons – United States
- Robert Frederick Smith – United States
- Harry H. Stine – United States
- You Zhonghui – People’s Republic of China
These are all the 14 elite riches who have promised to give away most of their treasure for charity, and this is a very selfless deed. And by giving away half of one’s fortune, economical balance can be maintained and it is just a very good cause.