Some of the wealthiest people in the United States recently held a clandestine meeting in New York City. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey and other members the nation's financial elite met at Rockefeller University, to discuss the state of charitable giving. Attendees agreed not to speak to the press about the substance of the conversation.
According to several news sources, those in attendance, all on the Forbes list of richest Americans, also included David Rockefeller Sr., New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner,Eli and Edythe Broad, John and Tashia Morgridge, Peter Peterson of the Blackstone Group and Julian H. Robertson Jr. All told, The New York Times reports that, according to the Chronicle of Charitable Giving, the attendees have given away over $72 billion in the past 12 years. By Forbes' estimates, the group is currently worth $120 billion.