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Philanthropist Warren Buffett is joined onstage by 24 other philanthropist and influential business people featured on the Forbes list of 100 Greatest Business Minds during the Forbes Media Centennial Celebration at Pier 60 on September 19, 2017
Michael Bloomberg ranked third, with 10 percent of his $45 billion fortune going to charity, That too is understated, since it doesn’t count his giving before 2000 or possible anonymous gifts.
The Google guys, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, rank fourth and fifth, respectively, with Brin giving $37.5 billion – or 6 percent of his fortune, and Page giving $38.5 billion, or 4 percent of his fortune.
Jeff Bezos ranked last of the top 10. While he briefly became the world’s richest man this summer, he has given less than 0.1 percent of his net worth to charity. The Chronicle said his total giving since 2000 is $68 million, compared with a fortune of $67 billion as of 2016 and more than $80 billion today.
Neither Bezos nor Amazon responded to requests for comment. But Bezos seems to be working on ramping up his philanthropic plans.
In June he took to Twitter to ask users for suggestions on how to pursue a giving strategy that was “more at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.” In August, he thanked the public for all their ideas and said the responses have “already changed my thinking about how to approach this.” He added that there would be “more to come.”