Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings gifts $1.1B in shares to charity

MONEY & BUSINESS: Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings gifts $1.1B in shares to charity

Netflix co-founder and Executive Chairman Reed Hastings donated 2 million shares valued at $1.1 billion to a California charity.

Hastings parted ways with the Netflix shares he owned through the Hastings-Quillin Family Trust as a gift last week, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

Netflix confirmed to FOX Business that the shares were given to Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

After the transaction, Hastings retains nearly 3 million shares in the streaming giant, which he led as CEO for 25 years, not counting options, according to the SEC filing.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation declined to comment on the donation. The charity, founded in 2007, distributed $2.6 billion in 2022 to support more than 5,000 community organizations.

Hastings has previously worked with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on philanthropic efforts related to education, a Facebook post from 2016 showed.

He and his wife have been signatories of the Giving Pledge since 2012. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, his former wife Melinda French Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett set up the initiative about 14 years ago.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings donated 2 million shares valued at $1.1 billion. Getty Images for Netflix

“It’s an honor to be able to try to help our community, our country and our planet through our philanthropy,” Hastings and wife Patty Quillan said in their Giving Pledge letter.

His philanthropic efforts have also involved sending charitable contributions to other organizations over the years.

Hastings’ net worth is about $4.1 billion as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Forbes.

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