Thursday, May 3, 2012

What Would You Do With a Billion Dollars?

Or for that matter, let's make it 60 billion dollars.  After you buy yourself a house and pay off any loans you may have, you'll probably be left with a little over 59.9 billion dollars.  So why not treat yourself a little?  You buy a nice car, a 70 inch screen HD television, a beautiful yacht, and fancy steak dinner.  And that leaves you with... around 59.9 billion dollars.  What more can you ask for?  You may be starting to wonder if it is even humanly possible to spend all that money in a single lifetime.  There is one man out there who I trust taking on this challenge more than anyone, and that man is Bill Gates.

So what has Bill Gates done with his 60 billion dollars?  Over 38 billion of that has gone to charity.  Let me repeat:  Bill Gates has donated over 38 billion dollars in his lifetime.  What's that?  You didn't hear me?  Ok, louder:  
Bill Gates has donated over 38 billion dollars in his lifetime!

But Mr. Gates isn't just haphazardly throwing his money out at world problems.  He gets active!  He has managed to get top drug companies to agree on sharing research to help fight tropical diseases, something which is not very easy to do in today's ethically controversial, money first-patients second drug industry.

Looking good, Bill.  Looking real good.
His donation amount is greater than the net worth of the 6th richest person in the world.  He is a humble humanitarian, using more than just his money to help the world.  He is applying his incredible intelligence and influence to generate a real impact.  Keep it up, Bill!

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