Friday, May 29, 2009

Super Rich Friends

Warren Buffett and his friend Bill Gates reportedly joined with David Rockefeller Sr. to invite a group of the world's richest people to gather in one room earlier this month.

The agenda wasn't world domination. It was making philanthropy more effective.

Among the other well-known, and very wealthy names, attending the meeting on May 5 in New York City: Michael Bloomberg, Peter Peterson, George Soros, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey.

Former Gates Foundation Chief Executive Patty Stonesifer tells the Seattle News:

"It wasn't secret. It was meant to be a gathering among friends and colleagues. It was something folks have been discussing for a long time. Bill and Warren hoped to do this occasionally. They sent out an invite and people came... This was about philanthropy and this group sharing their passions their interests. They each learned from each other about what could really make a difference."

John Berman at ABC's Good Morning America light-heartedly compared the event to a gathering of cartoon super heroes, specifically the Saturday morning "Super Friends" of the 1970s and 80s.

[via brknews]

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