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Goldman, UBS Join Celebrities in Australia Wildfire Relief

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KANGAROO ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: An aerial view of burnt trees, cars and buildings on January 17, 2020 in Kangaroo Island, Australia. Kangaroo Island is recovering in the aftermath of a series of bushfires which started on 4 January. The fires, some of which are still burning, claimed two lives and have burned more than 210,000 hectares of land so far. Tens of thousands of native animals have been killed or injured, hundreds of thousands of livestock have been killed and 65 homes have also been destroyed. (Photo by Bill Blair/Getty Images)
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(Bloomberg) -- Some of the world’s biggest investment banks are deploying their financial muscle to help Australia cope with deadly wildfires, joining a growing list of companies and celebrities who have donated tens of millions of dollars to disaster relief.

UBS Group AG’s Australia unit plans to pass on all cash equity commissions the bank made on Australian trades on Feb. 12, according to an internal memo circulated this week and seen by Bloomberg News. The money will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund.

It joins Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and MUFG Bank Ltd. who have offered donations of A$725,000 ($500,000) and A$40,000 respectively. The nation’s four biggest lenders have also stepped up, with National Australia Bank Ltd. donating A$5 million, Westpac Banking Corp. about A$1.5 million, while Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. have each pledged about A$1 million.

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There’s a growing list of philanthropists and celebrities who have pitched in to help with the wildfire crisis that’s left at least 28 people dead, scorched a combined area more than twice the size of Switzerland and killed an estimated 1 billion native animals.

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation has pledged A$70 million, while the Paul Ramsay Foundation has contributed A$30 million. Billionaire James Packer and his casino company Crown Resorts Ltd. have donated a total of A$5 million. Celebrity pledges have come from stars such as Elton John, Chris Hemsworth, Bette Midler and Nicole Kidman.

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