Please let us know how many billionaires retire to do charity work as Bill Gates
We wish Bill and Melinds Gates all the happiness in the world. Without Bill Gates and his great vision to make computers easy for idiots like us, life for us would have been –only God knows.
A Harvard University dropout who ushered in the home computer age and made billions of dollars along the way will step down from Microsoft Corp, which he founded more than 30 years ago. Gates was born on October 28, 1955, the second of three children in a prominent Seattle family. His father, William Henry Gates Jr., was a partner at one of the city’s most powerful law firms, while his late mother, Mary, was an active charity fund-raiser and University of Washington regent. He was introduced to computers at the exclusive Lakeside Preparatory School, where the teen prodigy began programming in BASIC computer language on a primitive ASR-33 Teletype unit. Gates first programmed a computer at 13, creating a class scheduling system for his Seattle high school. Gates realized at an early stage of the PC revolution that software would be more important than hardware. Working with boyhood friend Paul Allen, Gates founded Microsoft, naming the company for its mission of providing microcomputer software. Rest is history.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF) is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates in 2000 and doubled in size by Warren Buffett in 2006. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the United States, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett. On May 4, 2006, the foundation received the Prince of Asturias award for International Cooperation.
Oh really? The guy is applying his considerable mental abilities to run a charity, using his business and entrepreneurial skills in constantly evaluating and funding multiple efforts to treat malaria, HIV, cheap power, education. You think he would be more effective by digging holes in the ground?
He’s definitely getting his “hands dirty”. He’s visited villages in India, africa to look at situation and resources on the ground. He’s visiting heads of state and governments to rally support for different initiatives wherever they are sensitive to those efforts.. I’m very happy that you fund charitable work. So do I. But perhaps that’s all we can do because clearly you and I are limited by our abilities or wills. But in addition you are, intentionally or otherwise, limited by your lack of understanding of what he’s doing.
By the way, Steve Jobs did a few things for computers – no doubt. So did Bill Gates. The “rest of us”, by the way, use PCs.