Bill Gates is still rich, takes the number 2 spot in the world

Forbes does this thing where they calculate the amount of money the richest folks in the world have and they tell you how rich each individual is and remind you at the same time that you will never have the same luxury as the folks on the list of billionaires. But we digress and to no surprise, Bill Gates, shockingly, is still near the top of that list despite giving away vast sums of his money to make the world a better place.

Carlos Slim remains at the top of the list with Bill Gates coming in at number two and Amancio Ortega (owner of the retailer Zara) took the third spot. It’s incredible to see that Gates, even though he no longer works at a day-to-day role at Microsoft, is still among the richest individuals in the world. 

Gates, at this point, has been working for his own charity (Bill and Melinda Gates foundation) for several years and has all but moved away from the corporate life. While we are sure there are folks who are watching out for Bill and investing fortune for him, he is not actively running a mega-corporation to feed his bank account.

Source: Forbes

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What I would like Gates to do is say thanks to all of us who made him rich. He can do this by, buying 400M copies of Windows and Office and giving a free copy to eat US pc owner.

Giving money to charity is a great thing, but part of the reason bill is still uber rich is also because many of the mega rich use these charities as tax shelters. Look deeper into the numbers and what is actually happening and it may surprise you. Personally, I don't care if they game the system, if at least some people get help, it's better than nothing.

my question is, why Steve greedy Job getting movie based on him, and gates none? gate have done far more good things than job, yet they see job as a guardian angel... unless gate doing all this charity stuff to avoid taxes lol

l33under said,
my question is, why Steve greedy Job getting movie based on him, and gates none? gate have done far more good things than job, yet they see job as a guardian angel... unless gate doing all this charity stuff to avoid taxes lol

Because Gates is still alive! I'm sure when passes, he'll get his movie that you want.

l33under said,
my question is, why Steve greedy Job getting movie based on him, and gates none? gate have done far more good things than job, yet they see job as a guardian angel... unless gate doing all this charity stuff to avoid taxes lol
damn tablet double post!

Speaking of this, watched some Ancient Aliens (far fetched junk but still quite interesting if you look through it ) and Jobs was pictured between Einstein, Edison, Tesla etc as one of the brightest people ever among human civilization.

l33under said,
my question is, why Steve greedy Job getting movie based on him, and gates none? gate have done far more good things than job, yet they see job as a guardian angel... unless gate doing all this charity stuff to avoid taxes lol

There's actually a lot of criticism of Gates' philanthropy. Partnership with GSK and Monsanto. It really is forging business relationships. I take exception to someone amused by a man handing a check and being oblivious to the give-and-take fundamental.

I like the direction MS are going in. I like how all their services are coming together and being integrated, i like their new look and design style, for once MS are finally getting some consistency to their products, and i like their vision for tablets/PC's.

I want a full a OS that does everything and is good for touch/mouse/keyboard with UI's for each. Theres literally nothing else out there that does this. It's clearly the inevitable future of computing, but it will take time to get totally right. Even hardware has been going in this direction if you look at what companies like Intel have planned.

Now Ubuntu is attempting it. Eventually Apple will do the same as MS have done with Win 8 and suddenly the media will praise them and think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

Sorry to disappoint you, but Bill Gates loves Win8. Even if he was still control of MS, it would be still Win8 as of right now. I'm pretty sure he doesn't care much about the 'start button'.

webeagle12 said,
They defiantly do. Just look at Windows 8 "cough cough"

MDboyz said,
Sorry to disappoint you, but Bill Gates loves Win8. Even if he was still control of MS, it would be still Win8 as of right now. I'm pretty sure he doesn't care much about the 'start button'.

Bill Gates is chairman of Microsoft, he still has full control over Microsoft. If he didn't like the direction of Windows 8 he would have said as much during board meetings.

Uhm, the way Windows is heading and MS is heading. Is EXACTLY what he was talking about in the past. Early 90s, late 80s. He was talking about a uniform design, on the same OS ran across a variety of devices that was simple and easy to use. For anyone from little children to the ancient fossiles. And he was also aware that it would take a long time before technology and people where ready for it. If I can ever find this interview/presentation again, bah

And see where Windows is now, anyone can use it without having to know anything about how the OS actually works. The learning curve is practically zero (the getting-used-to-it curve might be higher for allot of ya'll though). And servers, clients, gameconsoles, phones, pda's, tablets all run the same Windows. (be it current xbox is a Vista variant though, next one will run the 8.2 or 8.3 kernel)

MDboyz said,
Sorry to disappoint you, but Bill Gates loves Win8. Even if he was still control of MS, it would be still Win8 as of right now. I'm pretty sure he doesn't care much about the 'start button'.

Part of his job is to support Ballmer and the rest of the company no matter what direction they go, including the wrong direction, regardless if he agrees with it or not.

He'd be #1 richest if he didn't give away 20+ billion of his fortune, then again I don't think it really matters all that much to him, the money is being used to help people.

pgn said,
He'd be #1 richest if he didn't give away 20+ billion of his fortune, then again I don't think it really matters all that much to him, the money is being used to help people.

About Bill Gates and his war against Malaria, hunger and such...

Question, how the 20 billions were spend?.

A billion is a lot of money, enough money for build an entire institute center with full personal and with enough money to keeps it running for at least a decade. However, what Bill Gates Foundation has done?. Purchasing shares of pharmaceutics and Monsantos shares. The old good Bill is spend a fortune in market shares and pushing the investigation of new drugs and vaccines HOWEVER, he does not care about FREE vaccines (or seeds) unless they are used as an experimental vaccines.

And, i don't want to talk about those test-drugs experiments that goes wrong, the tax evasion (not deduction) that Bill is (still) in investigation and how Bill & Melida Gates Foundation is also in the eye of several investigation of fraud. Also, the Foundation of Bill & Mellinda is also involves in paper companies that simply owns some patents and they are attacked open source projects (such Linux) via different ways other (patent trolls).

Bill Gates is a son a bi*ch, deal with it.

Brony said,

About Bill Gates and his war against Malaria, hunger and such...

Question, how the 20 billions were spend?.

A billion is a lot of money, enough money for build an entire institute center with full personal and with enough money to keeps it running for at least a decade. However, what Bill Gates Foundation has done?. Purchasing shares of pharmaceutics and Monsantos shares. The old good Bill is spend a fortune in market shares and pushing the investigation of new drugs and vaccines HOWEVER, he does not care about FREE vaccines (or seeds) unless they are used as an experimental vaccines.

And, i don't want to talk about those test-drugs experiments that goes wrong, the tax evasion (not deduction) that Bill is (still) in investigation and how Bill & Melida Gates Foundation is also in the eye of several investigation of fraud. Also, the Foundation of Bill & Mellinda is also involves in paper companies that simply owns some patents and they are attacked open source projects (such Linux) via different ways other (patent trolls).

Bill Gates is a son a bi*ch, deal with it.


Oh yeah then why do he and Melinda go to those countries and help themselves huh?
Yes they have shares in companies according to the conspiracy theorists (presumably like yourself) sound a bit 'shady'.
He spend allot of money directly into schools. People getting free education on the Microsoft campus (also his idea). He educated more people then you have met in your life. He has saved more people then you have seen in your entire life so far and probably the rest of it.

And maybe he does things that are a bit shady. But he is working on his foundation pretty much fulltime, he and especially Melinda travel the world to shittier places then you've ever been to, trying to help these folks. Most of which you will NEVER hear about because he does not even brag about it. Look at his frigging clothes he wears most of the time compared to other rich people. Give me a break man. And especially, give Bill Gates a break. No matter what you have against him, unless you saved and educated more people, you should just STFU.

Brony said,

About Bill Gates and his war against Malaria, hunger and such...

Question, how the 20 billions were spend?.

A billion is a lot of money, enough money for build an entire institute center with full personal and with enough money to keeps it running for at least a decade. However, what Bill Gates Foundation has done?. Purchasing shares of pharmaceutics and Monsantos shares. The old good Bill is spend a fortune in market shares and pushing the investigation of new drugs and vaccines HOWEVER, he does not care about FREE vaccines (or seeds) unless they are used as an experimental vaccines.

And, i don't want to talk about those test-drugs experiments that goes wrong, the tax evasion (not deduction) that Bill is (still) in investigation and how Bill & Melida Gates Foundation is also in the eye of several investigation of fraud. Also, the Foundation of Bill & Mellinda is also involves in paper companies that simply owns some patents and they are attacked open source projects (such Linux) via different ways other (patent trolls).

Bill Gates is a son a bi*ch, deal with it.

your facts are right but interpretation is incorrect. I'm sure BG is doing it in good faith. Nevertheless the road to hell is paved with good intentions.