Giving it away: After Mark Zuckerberg, a look at past decade's $1 billion donations

San Francisco: Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to give away Facebook stock worth $45 billion puts him at the forefront of a philanthropic class that has promised to donate most of their fortunes.

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Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan/ Getty Images

The elite list includes three men — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, stock market sage Warren Buffet and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison — who are wealthier than Zuckerberg, according to Forbes magazine's latest rankings.

That trio and Zuckerberg are among the 138 wealthy individuals and families who have signed a "giving pledge" committing them to give away most of their fortunes in an attempt to fix society's problems.

Zuckerberg, 31, and his wife Priscilla Chan, 30, waited until the birth of their first child, a girl named Max, to reveal their intention to give away all but 1 percent of the Facebook stock that accounts for most of their fortune.

Here's a look at the donations of at least $1 billion announced during the past decade, as tracked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

1. Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet. Reuters

Warren Buffet. Reuters

Warren Buffet pledged to donate a total of $43.6 billion in 2006 to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and three other foundations. He also pledged to donate $3.1 billion to three different foundations in 2012.

2. Helen Walton

Helen Walton, the wife of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, donated her estimated fortune of $16.4 billion to a family foundation after her death in 2007.

3. Leona Helmsley

Leona Helmsley. Reuters

Leona Helmsley. Reuters

Leona Helmsley, who made her fortune in hotels and other real estate, donated an estimated $5.2 billion to charitable trust after her death in 2007.

4. James Sorenson

Medical entrepreneur James Sorenson donated an estimated $4.5 billion to a family foundation after his death in 2008.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters

Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters

Mark Zuckerberg donated $1.5 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2012 and 2013.

6. Barron Hilton

Barron Hilton. Reuters

Barron Hilton. Reuters

Hotelier Barron Hilton pledged to donate $1.2 billion to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 2007.

7. Peter Peterson

Peter Peterson. Reuters

Peter Peterson. Reuters

Former investment banker Peter Peterson donated $1 billion to a foundation bearing his name in 2008.

8. Ralph Wilson Jr.

Ralph Wilson Jr. Reuters

Ralph Wilson Jr. Reuters

Ralph Wilson Jr., the longtime owner the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, donated $1 billion to a foundation bearing his name after his death in 2014.

Updated Date: Dec 02, 2015 11:51:14 IST