Giving away your fortune
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Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Neil…
And I’m Sophie…
Sophie, I can’t get out of my head what Mark Zuckerberg, you know, the guy who created Facebook, said recently.
Oh, I know, he pledged – or made a serious promise – to give away 99% of his shares in Facebook over the course of his lifetime. The shares are currently worth around $45bn.
Why, oh why did he decide to give his fortune away? It’s puzzling to me.
It’s an act of philanthropy – which means helping others, especially by giving large amounts of money to good causes.
And philanthropy is the subject of this show.
But don’t worry about Zuckerberg, it’s probably fair to say that he will remain extremely well off – or wealthy – even after giving away his fortune.
Well, that’s true. Let me ask you then today’s quiz question: Who was the most generous philanthropist in the US last year?
a) Bill Gates?
b) Mark Zuckerberg?
Or c) Warren Buffett?