To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its notable 400 list, Forbes hosted a special summit on philanthropy. Speakers at this gathering of the nation’s wealthiest individuals included Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Marc Andreessen, and Jon Bon Jovi. Summit topics ranged from using fame as a force for good to implementing technology-driven metrics to efficiently assess philanthropic effectiveness.
In a special panel on effective giving, featuring Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Steve Case, Leon Black, and David Rubenstein, Black noted how Forbes 400 members are well-equipped to address society’s pressing problems through their philanthropy:
“People are on the Forbes 400 because they are tenacious problem solvers. They had challenges, they had goals, and none of those goals were achieved easily. It took them years to get to where they got to. And I would just say in the field of philanthropy, it’s a broader canvas of a problem-solving challenge, whether it has to do with fighting poverty or disease or improving education. It’s almost as if so much of what came before is the experience and the education for all of us to then be able to paint on that broader canvas.”