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Mining billionaire 'Twiggy' Forrest follows Buffett and Gates

Australian philanthropist puts social conscience on public display and mixed record behind him

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Andrew Forrest, chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, and his wife Nicola signed up to the "Giving Pledge," a philanthropic scheme pioneered by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola were the first Australians to sign up to the "Giving Pledge," a philanthropic scheme pioneered by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the very rich to donate more than half their accumulated wealth to worthy causes. Now the Forrests have fulfilled at least part of their commitment, pledging 400 million Australian dollars ($307 million), the largest charitable donation ever made by a living Australian.

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