Sir Richard Branson

businessman and philanthropist

In the late 1990s, Sir Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel discussed with Nelson Mandela their idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest to solve difficult global conflicts. Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders, in a speech he delivered on his 89th birthday. The Elders is independently funded by a group of donors, including Sir Richard. In February 2013, twelve new signatories added their names to the Giving Pledge initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Under the pledge, wealthy individuals commit to donating at least half their wealth to philanthropy and February’s signatories, including Sir Richard, marked the first time billionaires from outside the US have joined the initiative. 

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