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Gates, Buffett push pledge to give wealth to charity

SEATTLE (AP) — British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and his wife Joan are among the newest philanthropists who have pledged to give away half their wealth to charity.

The Bransons have joined the Giving Pledge, which was started by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage wealthy people to publically declare their intention to give their money away. This year the group has added its first international members, including 12 wealthy individuals and couples from Russia, South Africa, Australia, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

More than 100 individuals and couples have signed on to the Giving Pledge since it was founded in 2010. They gather once a year to talk about philanthropy and give to charities of their choice.

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