January 16, 2012

headline of the day, II

Bill Gates Has Given Away $28 Billion Since 2007, Saving 6 Million Lives


  1. Joel Bernstein on January 16th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    He seems like the kind of guy who would always be dropping that tidbit of information into the conversation at parties.

  2. Jon Williams on January 16th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    How many people were forced to buy Windows licenses they didn’t want/need? How many man-years have been lost to blue-screens-of-death, reboots, and reinstalls? How many people have had strokes or heart-attacks while combating same?

    All rhetorical questions, of course.

  3. Luke on January 16th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I just finished the Steve Jobs biography and was surprised at the profanity from Gates in his exchanges with Jobs. I think this reveals how well Gates has presented himself as the saintly figure. Then again, he has given away 48% of his net worth since 2007. He can use whatever words he wants.

  4. Rick Neece on January 16th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    The 99% wonders what the rich do with their money. It has always been the case. There are cases in point to say some try. But when we’re talking trillions? Where does a needy man stand? On the curb, or street-corner with a cup out? Sure, they might pull down $40 grand a year standing there, a quarter at a time, in freezing temperatures or summer swelter. Is that not work?

  5. Dave Vogt on January 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Warren Buffet, on the other hand, does not mention his massive contributions through the Gates Foundation. He also asks to be taxed harder.