One other Seattle energy couple commits to freely giving their fortune as a part of the Giving Pledge

Zillow co-founder Wealthy Barton. (GeekWire File Picture)

Seattle philanthropists Sarah and Wealthy Barton have signed the Giving Pledge, becoming a member of greater than 200 billionaires and ultra-wealthy folks across the globe who’ve pledged to offer away their huge fortunes.

Wealthy Barton is the co-founder of Zillow Group and Expedia, and an angel investor who has backed firms corresponding to Avvo, Glassdoor and Nextdoor. A former Microsoft normal supervisor who re-assumed the CEO post of Zillow in 2019, Barton additionally sits on the board of Netflix.

Sarah Barton is an obstetrician and ladies’s well being advocate who studied on the College of Washington, and now manages the Barton Household Basis.

The Bartons are already energetic in philanthropy, so their dedication to the Giving Pledge is just not a shock.

The Giving Pledge was began 10 years in the past by philanthropists Invoice and Melinda Gates and investor Warren Buffett, with the aim of encouraging a number of the wealthiest folks on the planet to donate nearly all of their wealth. Up to now, 216 philanthropists have joined the pledge, together with Fb co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky.

Different Seattleites who’ve signed on embrace MacKenzie Scott — who was in the news earlier this month for her latest $4 billion donation — the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and angel traders Nick and Leslie Hanauer, who’re shut mates with the Bartons.

Regardless of the pandemic, Barton’s web value has soared in 2020 as shares of Seattle-based on-line actual property juggernaut Zillow Group greater than tripled this yr. Zillow Group now boasts a market worth of $33 billion. As of Might, Barton held 31 % of the voting energy of Zillow’s widespread inventory.

The Bartons be part of 13 different philanthropists on this newest spherical of additives to the elite record. See the press launch here.

The opposite signatories embrace:

  • Marcel Arsenault and Cynda Collins Arsenault, United States
  • Ron and Gayle Conway, United States
  • William Gross, United States
  • Gordon V. Hartman, United States
  • Yan Huo and Xue Fang, United Kingdom
  • Robert E. “Bob” and Dorothy “Dottie” King, United States
  • José Ferreira Neves, Portugal
  • Jim Pattison, Canada
  • Chad Richison, United States
  • Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, United States
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman, United States
  • David and Bonnie Weekley, United States

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