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originally posted by: parad0x122
a reply to: the owlbear
Actually Bill Gates and his wife are two of the biggest philanthropists on the planet... but okay.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF or the Gates Foundation) is one of the largest private foundations in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. It is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family". The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Other principal officers include Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr. and Chief Executive Officer Susan Desmond-Hellmann. It had an endowment of US$38.3 billion as of 30 June 2013. The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy, though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations. In 2007, its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America, and Warren Buffett the first. As of May 16, 2013, Bill Gates had donated US$28 billion to the foundation.
originally posted by: an0nThinker
All this is well and good but consider that we don't have a viable way of getting to mars quickly. Either we need a LENR (cold fusion) break through or some advanced form of propulsion. Just getting astronauts to Mars for a 4 year mission does not make much sense when most things can be done without humans.
originally posted by: wildespace
I'll wait until first private orbital flights before I start getting excited. It's easy to make promises and proposals.
originally posted by: galadofwarthethird
but yes no doubt he and others are quite helpful with all those billions in dollars they have been so called donating, that's why you still have people out on the streets with signs, and tent cities, and starving families, because of all those billions he and others more fortunate have been giving out to the needy and helping so much.
Point 1. Never throughout any of my posts did I even come close to "worshiping" Bill Gates. Not sure where that dig came from.
Point 2. Never throughout any of my posts did I claim Bill Gates "quote on quote invented the computer". He made it accessible to the public, for a profit. Period.
Yes, because $28 Billion dollars isn't going to solve the world's poverty problem. I never said it would, and it's kind of naive to use that as leverage against someone who is at least trying to help.