Warren Buffett donates $3.4 billion to Gates' and family charities
Warren Buffett has donated roughly $3.4 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Buffett`s 13th annual donation comprised about 17.7 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire, valued at $192 each as of Monday`s market close.
The largest block went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett`s own foundation, named for his late first wife Susan, and charities run by his children Howard, Susan and Peter received the rest.
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Buffett, 87, has since 2006 made more than $30.9 billion in donations to the charities, including roughly $24.5 billion to the Gates Foundation.
His largest previous annual donation had been $3.17 billion, in 2017.
Buffett still owns roughly one-sixth of Berkshire, the Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate he has run since 1965, despite giving away 43 percent of the shares he owned in 2006.
Following the latest donation, Buffett was expected to rank as the world`s fourth-richest person, worth $79.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
He would have trailed Amazon.com Inc
The five charities typically sell Buffett`s shares to finance their activities, reflecting his desire that money be spent. Buffett makes smaller donations to other charities.
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