In the United States, making a donation and giving part of your fortune has long been part of the culture, as shown by the creation in 2010 of the billionaire program “The Giving Pledge” launched by Warren Buffet. Beyond the fiscal interest that they find there, bosses of tech and other sectors engage individually to support causes which interest them.
In France, the tendency for individual donations from the less numerous tech bosses is also less strong. But other actions are sometimes taken. We can cite for example Jean-Baptiste Descroix-Vernier (Rentabiliweb), who created the Descroix-Vernier foundation and whose goal is to assist people “in great material, physical or moral distress”. Xavier Niel, the boss of Free, has set up a foundation directly linked to the activities of the telecom operator and intended to “reduce the digital divide”. Another part of its investments are better known in the entrepreneurial ecosystem than in charities. “When you have a large fortune, I think, it’s a personal opinion, that it becomes almost a public good”, had declared Xavier Niel regarding his actions.
FrenchWeb has selected 10 quotes from leaders in the tech world who have made individual donations.
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Donating time or money, whatever the cause or the country, is already very positive and brings hope to change the lives of these children ”
I definitely think leaving a huge amount of money for my kids is doing them a disservice. (…) Several people do not agree with this decision, but Melinda and I are happy with that ”
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
We are committed to making our contribution to creating a better world for all children. We will be giving 99% of our Facebook shares – currently $ 45 billion – throughout our lifetimes for many others to improve their world for future generations ”
(Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
Our vision is quite simple. We have more money than our family will need to live on. There is no need to keep it amassed when it can be made available today, to help solve big problems in the world. ”
We work because we want to change the world and make it better; if the company you work for is worth it, why not your money too? (…) I would like us to help more than what we are already doing. “
(Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation)
Warren Buffet had personally asked me to write this letter because he said he wanted to ‘set an example’ and ‘influence others’ to set. I hope he’s right. ”
(Ellison Medical Foundation)
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(community of San Diego, $ 100 million donated to the University of California)
Today I am pledging 10 million dollars to support research so that AI remains beneficial to humanity ”
The vast majority of the money that will be withdrawn from the Virgin Group will be invested in entrepreneurial approaches to help make a difference in the world ”
I promise to invest in women, because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I believe we would all be in a much better place if half of the human race (women) had been allowed to thrive, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run in the office – basically have the chance to soar! “
(The Sara Blakely Foundation Inc.)