Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Why it is awesome that Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man

In 2010 Bill Gates lost his title of being the richest man in the world.

He didn't loose this title on account of Apple being amazing (Yes, I'm an Apple kool-aid drinker now).
He didn't loose it on account of the Windows 7 Phones not really taking off (though I have played around with one and I think they are awesome).

He lost the title because he gave away money.

He used to be worth around 88 billion dollars.
Now he is worth around 49 billion dollars.
The guy has given away 28 billion dollars of his fortune!
(the other 11 billion probably does have something to do with Mac kicking Window's butt).

Around 1/3 of his wealth...given away!

Sure, we're talking billions here, not thousands.  But come on, to give away that amount of money is still truly amazing.

If he's going to lose the title of "Richest Man in the World" for this reason, I don't think he really lost anything.

I got paid today.
The offering plate will be passed on Sunday.
I'll walk by homeless on the city streets between now and then.


As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.
He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth;
but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4

1 comment:

Christopher said...

good word, bro