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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: janpeeters on Dec 30, '04 06:53:42AM

Well I agree that they could do something on their website, but let's not forget that Bill Gates and his wife is the most generous donator in the world.

From BusinessWeek 'Top Givers'
'The year's other billion-dollar-club members include No. 1 givers Bill and Melinda Gates, the world's largest international donors, who made history this year by giving their estimated $3 billion Microsoft Corp. dividend to their foundation. It's one of the largest donations in history by a living donor. To put it into perspective, that one gift is three times bigger than the amount that America's richest family, the descendants of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, has given during their entire lifetimes, according to our ranking.'

(Microsoft might follow on their website as they always do when Apple invents something ;-) just give 'em some time)

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: feelgood on Dec 30, '04 12:51:42PM
While they may give the most, I do not believe this should be the sole criteria for most generous. They also have the most to give from. In fact, the amount they give makes absolutely no impact on their life at all. It didn't even cost them to drop in the rankings of the wealthiest people. I don't consider it very generous if it doesn't make any difference to the giver. And I'm not the only one.

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: raider on Dec 30, '04 01:17:04PM
Microsoft != Bill and Melinda Gates

No doubt the Gates family will be giving a large amount. (I would argue they could give more, because I already have given a larger percentage of my income than the Gates ever will, and they would still have a nice house and all that...).

But the deal is that Microsoft, the company, has obscene amounts of cash - and should be donating (and might be, we don't know yet) a large chunk of money.

Just like I would not think that Steve Jobs is off the hook if Apple gives money. Humanitarianism is EVERYONE's responsibility. That's why it has "HUMANITY" as a root. :)

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