Chronicle of Philanthropy is reporting that America’s top philanthropists held a secret meeting earlier this month to discuss global problems. According to their post:
In a quiet meeting closed to the news media and the public, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller Sr., Oprah Winfrey, and other leading philanthropists met in New York this month to discuss ways to promote efforts to solve growing social problems in America and abroad.
Together, the philanthropists in the room have committed a total of more than $72.5-billion to charitable causes since 1996, according to Chronicle of Philanthropy tallies.
The unusual event occurred May 5 at Rockefeller University and was organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among the high-profile participants were Ted Turner, Warren E. Buffett, George Soros, and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
While I respect many of the folks mentioned and think they are some of our best social and commercial entrepreneurs. I find this meeting, however, a bit obnoxious and am interested to know what kind of actions these folks would recommend to ‘save’ the world. They are all (or were) ‘disrupters’ who forced change on the establishment. Clearly they are now the establishment.
I also find this interesting given Zoltan Acs work looking at the importance of philanthropy to American dynamism.