Mark Zuckerberg joins the philanthropists’ network

By Laurie Bennett

December 9, 2010 at 10:32am

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has joined some of the biggest names in business in pledging most of his wealth to charity.

He’s one of 16 billionaires to sign onto Giving Pledge, a drive organized by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to convince the world’s wealthiest people to make public commitments to philanthropy.

The effort has drawn 85 people to date, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, oil man T. Boone Pickens and former junk bond king Michael Milken.

Many, such as Bloomberg, David Rockefeller and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, are already known for their philanthropy.

The 26-year-old Zuckerberg hadn’t devoted much time to charitable causes until earlier this year, on the eve of the release of “The Social Network,” the movie about his rise.

Appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in September, he announced a $100 million pledge to public schools in Newark, NJ.

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