The founders of GoDaddy and Groupon joined Warren Buffett’s pledge to give away the majority of their wealth.
The founders of Groupon and GoDaddy each pledge to give a majority of their wealth to charity; for The Giving Pledge; a campaign that began in 2010 with similar pledges from billionaire Warren Buffett (CEO, Berkshire Hathaway) with Microsoft founder and CEO Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).
‘Every child has the right to good nutrition, the best medical care, a good education, a happy and stress free environment;’ says Bob Parsons, who is worth $1.9 billion; Bob; who is founder and CEO of Godaddy; says he and his wife Renee support charities focused on children.
In addition to supporting a charity active in Haiti, the couple’s foundation supports non-profits in Phoenix, near their Scottsdale, Arizona home.
+ Groupon (GRPN)’s co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, who Forbes values at $1.75 billion, said he supports human rights, medical and cultural programs. His wife, Liz, runs their charity, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation.
Five other wealthy couples and individuals also (recently) made the pledge.
The Giving Pledge started with 40 signatories and has added many more over the last three years, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman (Pershing Square Capital Management; members of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts family, venture-capitalist Carl Icahn(www.ielp.com; Icahn Enterprises), George Lucas, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, Ted Turner, and Mark Zuckerberg.