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Sheryl Sandberg and her husband pledge half of their fortune to charity

The Giving Pledge, launched by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, aims to get the world’s wealthiest people to pledge their fortunes to charity while they’re still living.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   May 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her husband, Dave Goldberg, are the latest to join The Giving Pledge, a charity initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, promising half of their $1 billion fortune to charity.

The announcement came on Friday along with six other names including Google employee Craig Silverstein and his wife, Mary Obelnicki, and Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea and his wife, Natalie.

"We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group of business leaders and philanthropists to the pledge," Buffett said in a statement. "They bring a wealth of expertise to the group. We will learn a lot from their experiences as we collectively aim to inspire one another to earlier and better giving."

Sandberg hasn't revealed the issues she will address with her pledged money, but it is expected that the adamant feminist will focus her contributions on women's issues.

Sandberg is a best-selling author and the creator of LeanIn.org, which encourages women to reach their professional and personal goals through community, education and monthly meet-ups.

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