Responsible Wealth: Voices

Quotes from Responsible Wealth members and allies

"American society has made it possible for [wealthy] individuals to have an elegant life, first class education, and virtually unlimited options about where to go and what to do. Society does have a just claim on these fortunes, and it goes by the name of the Estate Tax."
Bill Gates, Sr., Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

"I am one of those lucky Americans who won the genetic lottery. That is, I was born rich. And believe it or not, my family's business success happened because of--not in spite of--our country's progressive tax system."
Judy Pigott, Founder/CEO of Personal Safety Nets and great-granddaughter of the founder of PACCAR

"Like any successful business owner, I worked very hard, and I was also lucky...I benefited from a whole system of public and private benefits – laws and enforcement, financial incentives, education, research, infrastructure, national defense – the list goes on, and all of these things are supported by tax dollars."
– Jerry Fiddler, principal of Zygote Ventures and founder of Wind River Systems