Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18 Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4753 times:
Mr Charity Bill Gates, wife donate $40b
NEW YORK - Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are the most generous donors to charity in the United States, having given away or pledged a staggering US$23 billion (S$39.7 billion).
The amount is more than half their net worth, according to Business Week's second annual ranking of the top 50 philanthropists in the US.
The Gates are worth a net US$46 billion - the rough equivalent of Hungary's entire gross domestic product.
Many of the grants made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have gone to improving public health. In September, it donated US$168 million for malaria research. Other multi-million grants have gone to fight tuberculosis and dengue.
With the couple having donated 54 per cent of their net worth, Business Week dubbed them 'the reigning royalty of a new class of self-made superphilanthropists'.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17593 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4709 times:
He gave $1 Billion to the United Negro College Fund, he's given $50 Million + to NYC to build new schools. He donated about $20 Million to various organizations to help with the relief effort in NYC after September 11th, he's given Billions to the UN to vacinate children in Africa.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4517 times:
I'm a big admirer of Bill Gates, the man get's so much criticism from jealous people simply because he's the richest man in the world. The billions didn't roll in because he sat on his butt and ate burgers, he worked hard. Some people will still accuse him saying he's so rich he should pay that much to charity, not really. It's his money, he can choose not to donate to charity, that's his choice, but being a generous man he does something good for the world.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
And how many small companie went bankrupt, how many workers got laiud off because of Microsoft ?
And how many people has Microsoft hired over the years? How many jobs have been created because of Microsoft, such as the small companies that know how to exploit the comonality of DOS and Windows, without which the PC would never have gained the following it now has. In your own company, how many people are employed in the IT department? How many were employed there 10 years ago?
Sure, some got beaten up in the market. That's business. But without question Bill Gates has created far more value than he has absorbed.