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Warren Buffett Gives Single Largest Charitable Contribution To Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Chairman and CEO Warren E. Buffett smiles on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after ringing the opening bell on September 30, 2011 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama's new plan for a higher tax rate for millionaires has been dubbed the 'Buffett Rule' in reference to the billionaire investor, who supports the plan. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) | Mario Tama via Getty Images


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett has given several charities Berkshire Hathaway stock worth more than $2.8 billion as part of his plan to give away his fortune gradually through annual gifts.

Berkshire's chairman and CEO announced the gifts Tuesday in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In accordance with Buffett's giving plan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation received the biggest gift worth more than $2.1 billion. That was his largest single charitable contribution to date, according to Bloomberg.

Buffett also gave nearly 1.7 million Class B Berkshire shares to his own foundation and 1.16 million shares to each of his three children's foundations.

Buffett also made smaller gifts to several unnamed charities.

Buffett has been giving away Berkshire stock since 2006, but he still controls roughly 34 percent of the voting power because his 321,000 Class A shares carry more voting rights.

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