NET WORTH: $3.8 billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Airbnb
FUNDING AREAS: Education, TBD
OVERVIEW: Nathan and Elizabeth Blecharczyk and his wife Elizabeth signed the Giving Pledge, stating that their interests include "education, scientific research, medicine, space exploration, conservation of the planet and more effective governance." The couple do not appear to have a formal family foundation.
BACKGROUND: Nathan Blecharczyk graduated from Harvard University with a degree in computer science. But he got an early start in business, founding an online marketing company while still in high school. In 2008, he co-founded peer-to-peer room and home rental company Airbnb.
EDUCATION: The Blecharczyks are involved with St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, where Elizabeth volunteered during medical school. Elizabeth serves on the board of advisors at Tufts University School of Medicine and the board of trustees at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. They have contributed to College Track, a California-based nonprofit that supports college-bound students from underserved communities.
LOOKING FORWARD: Only in their 30s, the Blecharczyks are just getting started in philanthropy. They are based in San Francisco, and the Bay Area is an important region of grantmaking. Elizabeth, a doctor, works at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The couple both have strong ties to the Boston area. The couple's schools—Harvard, Wellesley and Tufts—could see strong support. Elizabeth has spoken about her Catholic school education, as well. The couple are set to give away the majority of their wealth.