Ben Delo

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Among other major donors, we advise the UK’s youngest self-made billionaire and Giving Pledge signatory, Ben Delo. Ben is a philanthropist, computer scientist and a co-founder of BitMEX, a derivatives trading platform for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

My ambition now is to do the most good possible with my wealth. To me, this means funding work to safeguard future generations and protect the long-term prospects of humanity.

- Ben Delo 

Co-Funding Partnership with Open Philanthropy

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Effective Giving UK facilitated a co-funding partnership between Effective Giving advisee Ben Delo and Open Philanthropy, a project funded by Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna.

Ben will be providing funds (initially in the $5 million per year range as he gets started with his giving) for Open Philanthropy to allocate to our long-termist grantmaking, which assesses giving opportunities by how well they advance favorable long-term outcomes for civilization.


- Holden Karnofsky, CEO, Open Philanthropy 

Giving Pledge


In April 2019, Ben Delo became a member of the Giving Pledge, an initiative created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett for billionaires who pledge to donate the majority of their wealth to giving back. Effective Giving UK collaborated with Ben and the Giving Pledge team on his signing of the Pledge; you can see Ben’s full Giving Letter here


Effective Giving UK also participates in the wider Giving Pledge community by providing input on our grantmaking and engaging in learning sessions. Sessions include live events on taking action on COVID-19 with Dr. Scott Dowell and Dr. Larry Brilliant,  Q&As with Bill and Melinda Gates, and deep dives on climate change with the Climate Leadership Initiative.

Peace and Security Funders Group


Effective Giving UK are members of the Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of major foundations and individual philanthropists investing in peace and global security. Effective Giving participates in PSFG’s Nuclear Security Working Group. Other members of the group include Ploughshares Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, MacArthur Foundation and the Skoll  Foundation.

Giving What We Can


All senior staff at Effective Giving UK, and our advisee Ben Delo, are signatories of the Giving What We Can Pledge - a lifelong pledge to donate at least 10% of your income to organisations which can most effectively improve the lives of others.



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