When she started Human Services Computing, she had no idea that it would turn into the medical software company Epic Systems, which is responsible for the systems that many hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices use to track records and keep things working smoothly. She, like many others, has signed the Giving Pledge, showing that her family will have to find their own way in the world.
She has asked her children what two things children need from their parents, with the proper answer apparently being “roots and wings.” Roots meaning food, warmth, shelter, healthcare, and education will come through her philanthropy, while wings are the ability to reach for their goals beyond simple existence.
Boasting a net worth of almost three billion, Oprah isn't wanting for much. In fact, she's gone on record saying that she doesn't really need much of anything, and the only thing that she would try to save if her home was on fire was a photo album of her five dogs.
Oprah is a big philanthropist, who loves to give away prizes to guests and people who really deserve them, but she's keeping some of her money back for her beloved pooches. That amount? A total of thirty million dollars. We imagine her family is going to do fine, but her dogs will be living the big life.
Dan and Jennifer Gilbert
If you use Quicken Loans, a financial service, you're pretty familiar with the work of Dan Gilbert. However, you almost certainly know him better as the owner of a number of Cleveland sports teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilbert and his wife Jennifer have signed the Giving Pledge, willing to give up the majority of their finances to the community at large instead of to their family.
They've said that wealth is created, and if that wealth is passed on to other generations it's often underutilized. A better path would be one that allows wealth to be activated as a force to make the world a better place.
Richard and Nancy Marriott
Richard E. Marriott's father, J. Willard Marriott, founded the line of Marriott hotels. J. Willard's son and daughter-in-law Nancy Peery, have decided that they would also sign the Giving Pledge since as the chairman of the board of Host Hotels & Resorts, both are making plenty.
The couple has always been willing to support the schools that had educated and trained them, as well as hospitals and communities. They are dedicated to continuing doing so during their lives. The bulk of their estate will go to a charitable foundation run by their daughters, who are already heavily involved in supporting communities of their own.
Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, and Joe Gebbia
The three founders of Airbnb, the home-sharing app, have all joined in signing the giving pledge after their app took off in a big way. Gebbia wrote that his philanthropic contributions would aim to build pathways for future creatives and entrepreneurs, no matter their age, gender, or location, so they too have a way to achieve their dreams.
As the co-founder of Airbnb, the chairman of Samara (Airbnb's design studio), and the chairman of Airbnb.org (the company's non-profit foundation), Gebbia is estimated to have a net worth of almost ten billion dollars. The other two combine to have more than fifteen million.