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Generous Jews

Nearly half of ‘pledge’ billionaires are MOTs

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Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

A few good billionaires, prodded by their capi di tutti capi Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, have pledged to leave at least half of their estates to charities. Let’s count the Jews!

Number of billionaires (or billionaire couples) who have taken the pledge: 40 (including, among the non-Jews, ultra-Catholic and ultra-conservative Tom Monaghan; Barron Hilton; T. Boone Pickens; and, perhaps out of guilt for The Phantom Menace, George Lucas).

Jews among them: Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Eli and Edythe Broad; Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg (yes, she is too); Larry Ellison; Joan and Irwin Jacobs; George Kaiser; Ken and Elaine Langone*; Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest; Lorry I. Lokey; Alfred E. Mann; Bernie and Billi Marcus; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Ron Perelman; David M. Rubenstein; Herb and Marion Sandler; Jim and Marilyn Simons; Jeff Skoll; Sanford and Joan Weill; Shelby White (widow of Leon Levy).

Total Jews: 19.

So almost half. Yasher Koach to them all!

*Couldn’t confirm, but they “have made major commitments to a new Jewish Life and Learning/Human Tolerance and Understanding fund” at Bucknell.

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john miller says:

ken langone is 100% italian.

Anthony LoFrisco says:

For the record, not only is Ken Langone 100% Italian American, he is also 100% Roman Catholic. His wife Elaine is 100% Christian. Both are generous givers to charity regardless of religion or ethnicity.

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Aaron B. says:

Ken Langone is a highly regarded Roman Catholic as is his wife. A significant portion of the names mentioned have jewish roots for certain – but unfortunately have married outside the faith, or have limited involvement with Judaism, save some charities and high profile events – Ellison was adopted into a Jewish family. The “reformed” Jewish faith, if it wasn’t for the jewish women, will soon cease to exist in the USA, outside of name identity. The jewish exception is the orthodox Jews – who maintain their religious identity very well – but who are more aligned with Christian conservatives both politically and socially (ex. Mark Levin, Eric Cantor). Nothing is simple when it comes to religion or identity in America. That is good for the country and the melting pot ideal – not necessarily for any specific segment of that society.

DrWilliams says:

How about Bernie Medoff?


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