Nike co-founder and chairman emeritus Phil Knight is reported to have donated nearly $1 billion worth of Nike stock to a charity last week.
Bloombergreports that a regulatory filing noted that Knight and wife Penelope are directors of the unnamed beneficiary.
The 12 million shares donated on Wednesday are worth around $990 million and equate to about 0.7 percent of the company’s outstanding shares and 3.1 percent of Knight’s $32 billion estate as tracked by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world’s 500 richest people. Knight is currently 24th on that list.
The Knight family has a philanthropic history, having previously contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to both the University of Oregon and Stanford University.
Bloomberg notes in its report that the Knights’ move follows a pattern of “mega-philanthropy” by US billionaires, with Bill Gates having donated $5 billion worth of Microsoft stock to his own foundation, investor Warren Buffet donating $3.4 billion to charity in July, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledging $2 billion for preschool programs in poor neighborhoods and food and shelter for the homeless.
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