Forbes: Bill Gates is the world's most generous person

By Shawn Knight · 39 replies
Mar 4, 2013
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  1. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    That's true, in his money it's like donating 10$ of mine
  2. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    This is what his vaccines truly do: *Removed link due to history of spam*~JP

    check this out, told you guys. they sterilize you or slowly kill you.
  3. If you ever paid for a copy of Windows...he is. :)
  4. Why don't any of the large tech sites with a large readership ever mention the Gates Millennium Scholars program excludes Caucasians? Is it because not including whites falls within the politically correct schema? What if the Millennium Scholars program included everyone except African-Americans?

    I understand these groups are considered under-represented, but aren't down-and-out white people just as under-represented simply because they're thrown in with the general, well-represented white population?
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Wow, wasn't expecting this article to bring out the crazies but it sure did!
    Kudos to gates for giving that much. When you have that much wealth it's not as easy as you think to give away a lot of of it. There are probably thousands of organizations begging for his money and the majority probably for deserve it either because of their incompetence or because they are just looking for a handout. When you're giving away billions you have to make sure you know where all that money is going otherwise you're in effect, wasting it.
  6. Whltng

    Whltng TS Rookie

    OK, Guys & Gals... I have been a programmer since 1971 and wrote the "Game of Life" at the University of Oklahoma in 1975 which is the original algorithm for all simulation games until recently when the old platform was abandoned. I only use those skills for my Architectural Engineering CADD work and placed the algorithm into the Public Domain in 1975 and gave the Adjunct professor that was from LA Tech all of my notes for development. He went on to start EA Sports and SimCity was one of his first programs for commercial sale. I asked for nothing and he put me in his credits at the beginning and I asked to be removed, it was my gift to him for helping me understand how to write code.

    Enough of that, because I do not really care about the past when it comes to me, but just wanted to "qualify" myself to ask the next question.

    Do any of you know how Microsoft came to be and the TRUE story behind it?

    I think if you do some research you will find that Bill Gates has a unique past and that is far as I will take it. And all you Steve Jobs haters can quit with the bullshit about him as if you really look into his past you will see some things that really will surprise you.

    We are all humans and make mistakes. And Bill has made his share. That does not mean he hasn't changed or is not a "Good" person. He is just doing what he thinks is right.. That does not mean he is always correct in what he does...

    All that being said, I think the biggest mistake he ever made was to "lose" control of Microsoft. This loss has created many professionals such as I, to move away from his platform in our on fields of work and develop our own OS's and CADD systems so they can be used more for what they are intended for.

    And for Forbes... They listed the City I live in and will move away from very soon as one of the "Top Cities to Live". They even did the same to Oklahoma City, OK in which they said was one of they less expensive Cities in the USA to live in... Maybe so, but if you have children, forget it as the public schools just do not cut it any more and Private schools are they only option, thus making OKC a joke.... Forbes is a joke when they make claims without doing any research...

    Flame me all you want, My family was one of "Oklahoma's first Families" and we go a long, long way back in time in Oklahoma.....

    Please do some research and not just on Google or as you will never get the right answer. Look in different areas and archives for your answers and you will find outstanding things that will make you go "WOW how did I miss that?"

    Follow the correct path and you will see the light... That is all and carry on....
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  7. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Gates is an awesome guy.
  8. I don't really see how someone whose net worth is $67 billion, calls himself dedicated to social work/philanthropy, yet is perfectly fine living with all the poverty and hunger and such things.

    Consider this: the malaria vaccine costs something like $0.2. Yet, to this day, there are numerous deaths due to this disease. And there are numerous such examples. If you were really a philanthropist, and had that much money, you really would have solved these problems. Heck, you could have done a great deal to solve the problem of world hunger and people dying because they couldn't get enough food to survive (and that's a quite real problem).

    So no, I don't think Bill Gates counts as being "generous", let alone "most generous".

    You also have to remember that the you get tax cuts for donating to charity. So when Bill Gates is donating money, he loses some, but he isn't losing as much as you'd think.

    And about Steve Jobs, it's certainly true that he wasn't a saint in this regard as well - but he didn't pretend to be a philanthropist either.
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    I wish he'd come back to Microsoft, put Steve Ballmer back in his cage, and get Microsoft back on track.
  10. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +185

    1. the problem of world hunger cannot be solved by one man and a few billion dollars, its a fundamental problem with the way we have society set up, and with our populations in some areas.
    2. you can only get tax deduction if you can itemize your deductions, someone making that much money cannot do that.
    3. Anyone doing anything weather its investing time or money or both to helping others is generous, jut because forbes gave him a stupid title doesn't make him or anyone else not generous.
  11. Yes, that's a very sizeable amount to donate to charity, credit to him for donating that over the years. He made some great choices in life regarding employment, jumping into an unknown new market that has taken the world by storm over the last 30 years or so, that world of computing that eats up so much of our modern day lives.

    Not everyone has been so fortunate, for one reason or another, I count myself amongst those who earn less than my nations average wage and in recent times our household's disposable income has plumetted. Winning a lottery jackpot of ~£750,000 would change my family's life radically, which is still a tiny fraction of Gates' worth. At some point monetry value becomes meaningless for everyone, there are only so many family and friends you can help financially with surplus wealth, so why not give the rest to a good cause or two?
  12. While the Gates Foundation does good work abroad, unfortunately much of their domestic initiatives are actually quite political in nature. Especially, with education. The programs and organizations they support are largely anti-union, pro-privatization of public schools. I wish their goal was to try to improve existing schools rather than warping the public education system to their vision.
  13. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    gates' father was a eugenisist so he continues his work

    I'm sorry I speak for the 180,000,000 million murdered by there own government.

    im sorry u are a sheep

    I've researched what he says he is right.

    who else is a conspiracy theorist?

    George orwell?

    Thomas jefferson ?

    Alex jones didn't wake me up either revelations did as well as sgt.Charles Dyer

    it just so happens I found Infowars after being awake for months

    do u realize the constitution is infringed upon everyday?
    the 2nd,4th,1st
  14. tdstacy1

    tdstacy1 TS Rookie

    Bill has given away 28 billion while Mr. Slim "shady" made his fortune as people all around him make a dollar a day. Gates made several billionaires while running things at MS. Most foreign billionaires got their wealth off the backs of their people and raping the land, e.g.; oil, diamonds, gold, etc..
  15. Planet

    Planet TS Rookie

    I'm personally not impressed by super-rich who give some of their wealth away, receiving economic benefit vis-a-vis tax credits, and egoistic benefit vis-a-vis media acclamation. On the one hand, their massive wealth is accumulated by predating society--there is no way to earn billions by working. On the other hand, I feel these super-rich are poor judges of what is wrong with the world--in my opinion they are the primary examples of what is wrong. I'd rather see people who are intrinsically concerned with the poor (e.g., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa) make decisions about how/where to be charitable, rather than those who were supremely responsible for aggressively taking the biggest piece of the global resource pie. I would be impressed if the super-rich gave everything they have to the poor.

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