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Mark Zuckerberg's billion-dollar chance to change the world

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Bjorn Lomborg discusses the smartest ways Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan can spend their money to do the most good based on the Post-2015 Consensus findings.

The decision by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan to use 99% of their Facebook shares to fund charitable initiatives over their lives is an overwhelming statement of generosity. The massive challenge for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will be how to achieve the most good with this money.

Individual philanthropists play a vital role in development, not least because – unlike political initiatives or groups dependent on fundraising – billionaires can afford to ignore lobby groups and popular attention."

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