11/21/2017 2:37:41 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani and his wife, Rohini, have joined the "Giving Pledge" -- an elite network of billionaires who have promised to give more than half their wealth to charity. The "Giving Pledge" was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet in August 2010 to encourage billionaires to “give the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes or charitable organisations either during their lifetime or in their will.”
The Nilekanis were the fourth among Indians to sign up for the "Giving Pledge" after Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Biocon Chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Sobha Developers Chairman Emeritus PNC Menon. With the addition of the Nilekanis, there are 171 pledgers from 21 countries: Australia, Brazil, China (mainland and Taiwan), Cyprus, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Nandan Nilekani's net worth
Nandan Nilekani's net worth is estimated at US$.73 billion by Forbes, Azim Premji's at US$19 billion, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw's at US$2.6 billion and PNC Menon's at US$1.53 billion.
In their pledge, the Nilekanis wrote:
“We feel grateful for decades of relative stability and peace in the world.
“On the flip side, we see, too, that inequality is increasing sharply in most countries. We see the young and the restless in this interconnected globe, unsure of their future, wanting more but anticipating less. We see a growing politics of polarization, of divisions, of brinksmanship. It is as if the world holds its breath.
“What should we do at this time? That is a question every citizen must ask. Those of us who have wealth beyond all our wants must ask that very sharply. Wealth comes with huge responsibility and is best deployed for the larger public interest…
“We thank Bill and Melinda for creating this unique opportunity for so many people to realise a moral aspiration inspired by the Bhagwad Gita- “Karmanye Va dhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana, Ma karma phalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani”. This verse reminds us that we have a right to do our duty but no automatic right to the fruits from the doing."