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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Give Away Half of His Wealth: Would You?

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got a lot of bad press this year, thanks to the unflattering portrait of him in "The Social Network" -- but he's making up for it now.

Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest billionaire at age 26, has joined the Giving Pledge, a campaign by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to commit wealthy individuals to giving away at least half of their wealth during their lifetimes or after their deaths.

"People wait until late in their career to give back," Zuckerberg said in a statement. "But why wait when there is so much to be done?"

Say what you want about Zuckerberg "stealing" Facebook from those twins and stabbing his friend in the back -- he seems like a pretty generous guy to us.

Sure, he has a lot to give -- Forbes recently estimated his net worth on paper at $6.9 billion. But he's already pledged $100 million to help improve the public school system in Newark, N.J. Not too shabby.

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  • Emma 2011/11/20 03:59:40
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Emma
    well i wouldnt give much too begin with. then id be homeless and just add to the problem
  • billycat98 2011/10/31 20:49:19
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    billycat98
    id give it to charity
  • OldCat 2010/12/13 16:58:15
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    OldCat
    Yes, and maybe more. Don't misunderstand me! It his wealth, so it's his right to keep it, and no one has a right to tell him what he must do with the fruits of his success. I would just be very selective about which charities and other groups I'd support with my charitable giving, if I were as financially successful as this young entreprenuer. There are plenty of people who make their livings by holding their hand out and demanding from the productive and wealthy what they didn't earn while promoting class warfare and in the name of charity. The best charities the wealthy like Zuckerberg can support is to invest in good businesses and entrepreneural endeavors that have the greatest potential to create jobs in a free market.
  • bigbear 2010/12/13 16:39:29
    No way
    bigbear
    Obumbler takes our money now, soon he won't be in office!!!!!!!! He is a loser!
  • Unique_Starlight 2010/12/13 15:55:23
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Unique_Starlight
    I love helping people who need help and if I had that kind of money my joy would come from the giving. But right now... I could use a little bit of his generosity. All my kids and I need is a home and a reliable vehicle. Nothing fancy.
  • LaurenBrodyCox :-) 2010/12/13 12:12:42
    Undecided
    LaurenBrodyCox :-)
    i would give away some of my money but not half
  • onebad 2010/12/13 09:51:51
  • AndrewLucas 2010/12/13 09:43:23
  • Myrle Hulme 2010/12/13 06:39:25
    Undecided
    Myrle Hulme
    I do, I support someone
  • cher2 2010/12/13 04:36:46
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    cher2
    +1
    Well., I guess he's not a Republican...they don't share.
  • Assault 2010/12/13 04:17:26
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Assault
    I'd give away more.
  • Red Branch 2010/12/13 03:59:34
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Red Branch
    If he gives me half his money, I will give half of it away.
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/12/13 03:23:55
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    jackolantyrn356
    Besides that Obama's Taxes are horrible
  • steven 2010/12/13 03:06:46
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    steven
    +1
    I have many times already. When there was need, I gave.
  • In vino veritas 2010/12/13 02:00:36
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    In vino veritas
    No question about it Oprah Winfrey and many others may be able to sleep at night ,but I wouldnt........ oprah winfrey sleep world hunger
  • bigbear In vino... 2010/12/13 16:40:12
    bigbear
    is this a little monkey???
  • AndrewTally 2010/12/12 23:32:48
    Undecided
    AndrewTally
    +1
    To what? Charity? How much money? Yeah I would give away a fair chunk
  • Joanna the Great 2010/12/12 22:02:26
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Joanna the Great
    +1
    but i pick who it goes to, and i send it there myself.
  • KILL~PARADISE~l<3ver 2010/12/12 21:40:34
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    KILL~PARADISE~l<3ver
    +1
    I would do that if I had that kind of money.
  • Steve 2010/12/12 21:09:53
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Steve
    +1
    Have to be careful in how you pick what organizations deserve the help, but absolutely.
  • Nabael 2010/12/12 20:34:54
    Undecided
    Nabael
    +1
    Well, the government already takes about 35% of my paycheck every 2 weeks anyway, so I don't think I need too.
  • Lessie 2010/12/12 19:46:30
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Lessie
    +2
    and helping schools is one priority.
  • Cymech Dragon 2010/12/12 18:19:01
    No way
    Cymech Dragon
    Would I just throw my money away to a charity, or the government? Hell no. Money can only go so far when you let someone else administrate it.

    If I had the money to give, it'd go directly to individual persons or the sort, and only to those willing to earn it. Everyone else can kiss my ass.
  • Tasty Cymech ... 2010/12/12 23:04:10
    Tasty
    Wow.
  • Unique_... Cymech ... 2010/12/13 15:58:38
    Unique_Starlight
    So Sad...
  • Cymech ... Unique_... 2010/12/13 21:48:47
    Cymech Dragon
    No, it isn't sad.

    What is sad is people that think they can take whatever they want without earning it.
  • Catita 2010/12/12 16:25:53
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Catita
    +1
    yes if I had that kind of money and I will give it to the Animal shelters.
  • Zach055 2010/12/12 15:33:23 (edited)
  • Mysticsilk 2010/12/12 15:13:30 (edited)
    No way
    Mysticsilk
    +1
    I would if I was a billionaire.
  • Wabbleyuw 2010/12/12 13:08:11
    Undecided
    Wabbleyuw
    Why on Earth would i do that? I guess if I had a good enough reason I would, but if I didn't, no.
  • tiotom77 2010/12/12 12:41:37
    Undecided
    tiotom77
    +1
    I would give it ALL away except for what I needed to live a contented, happy life..
    Mark Z. is generous, but he could afford to give more and still be happy!
  • Joanna ... tiotom77 2010/12/12 22:04:03
    Joanna the Great
    +1
    agreed, if you have 8 billion dollars and you give away half, you still have 4 billion dollars! i would give away all but a billion i think, just to be safe, but be generous with that money as well
  • ClarisseGwadaGirl 2010/12/12 08:29:59
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    ClarisseGwadaGirl
    +2
    if all the richest people in the world could do that as well, there would be enough money out there the feed the entire world. Beside when you give out of your heart you receive double. if only some people werent so greedy! I would not hesitate to do it for a second.
  • tiotom77 Clariss... 2010/12/15 13:32:05
    tiotom77
    +1
    "Feed the hungry and give shelter to the homeless".. I've heard that somewhere before!
    NICE!
    feed hungry shelter homeless ive heard feed hungry people
  • Wonder Woman 2010/12/12 07:27:50
  • Clariss... Wonder ... 2010/12/12 08:26:05
    ClarisseGwadaGirl
    +1
    thats an awesome statement and im a true believer of that too. Love comes before money in my eyes =)
  • BeLIEve 2010/12/12 06:29:28
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    BeLIEve
    Of course! I wouldn't even hesitate. Michael Jackson has taught me so many things, and one is to give back!
  • Chibi 2010/12/12 06:17:44
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Chibi
    +1
    I guess it depends how much half is. If I had enough to support myself and my family as well as having a little luxury, then I would definitely give the other half to good causes.
  • Chaya2010 2010/12/12 05:31:38
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    Chaya2010
    With that kind of money it would be no problem.
  • mae 2010/12/12 05:24:37
    Yes, if I had that kind of money
    mae
    Sure, if I had that kind of money...

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