A Closer Look

With 158 pledgers in 20 countries and more $786 billion in combined net worth, we're taking a closer look, following trends in giving interests, age and wealth distribution, geography, and industry.

 

Geographic Distribution

Around the World
Among the 158 Giving Pledge households, 30 reside outside the United States with a combined net worth of more than $100 billion. The highest concentration of pledgers outside the U.S. is in the United Kingdom, where the 10 Giving Pledge households have a combined net worth of more than $19 billion.

In the United States
Of the $680 billion in net worth of all pledgers in the United States, more than 75 percent of those assets are held by 69 households in just four states (California, New York, Washington, and Nebraska). Of the 126 Giving Pledge households in the United States, 38 are in California, representing a combined net worth of nearly $216 billion.

Giving Interests

While the interests of Giving Pledge participants in health, human services, education, and arts & culture mirror the findings of the Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy, pledgers also show an interest in a diverse range of other areas.

Age Distribution

While David Rockefeller is by far the oldest pledger (at 101) and Cari Tuna remains the youngest (at 30) the median age of pledgers is growing younger – now at 67, down from 69 in 2015. For the first time pledgers born after World War II predominate, while wealth is distributed all-but evenly across that line.

Industry Focus

A deeper look at the industries represented by the Giving Pledge participants reveals strong showings from the financial and high-tech sectors, but also great diversity in the types of businesses participants pursued and the origins of their wealth. Outside the United States the mining and high-tech industries play a larger role as a source of wealth.