New Bill Gates infographic shows how he's saving the world

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates left his day-to-day job at Microsoft to help run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates' goal is to give away most of his accumulated wealth to others in need. Now a new infographic released by the Frugal Dad web site shows exactly how much Bill Gates might be doing to save the world.

The infographic shows that Gates may have saved as much as 5,812,000 people via his efforts to give vaccinations and better health care to people, especially children all over the world. The majority of people have been helped by Gates to fight Hepatitis B but many others have been treated for measles, whooping cough, yellow fever and more. It's estimated that by 2019, Gates' money and efforts will have saved 7.6 million children under the age of five.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has so far given $28 billion out. That's 48 percent of Gates' net worth. Gates has asked for other wealthy Americans to give at least half of their total net worth to needy causes. People like George Lucas, Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have already pledged to join Gates in that kind of movement.

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I truly believe Bill is one of the greatest people of our time. He could very well stash his fortune away somewhere and never give a dime to anyone or anything, yet its been nearly the complete opposite. Bravo good sir.

Steve Jobs banned all company Philanthropy in 1997 to save costs and it was never reinstated. Steve Jobs was a sales man and a good one at that. He used his sneaky tactics to trick people into perceiving that Apple invented lots and contributed lots to the IT world when in fact other companies were doing it. Proof is the tough time Apple is having defending iconic products in the patent disputes.

iwod said,
I thought respect for the people who are dead was something we have all in common. Turns out not.

That was always a silly notion. They're dead, you can't offend them. Why should people have to withhold their opinions or pretend that someone was a great person just because they died?

Come on let's not forget Steve did send some iPods to the Chilean miners. Just kidding! Nah really just another PR stunt. Let's not be stupid about this though. The man is dead and nobody deserves to be mocked like this after death. I don't believe he mocked charity as much as he was mocking Bill. I do not believe he gave any significant amount of money to charity and lets not talk about anonymous givings here. When somebody gives over a billion dollars away, no matter how anoymous you wanna stay it becomes public information. The IRS wants to know where is coming from, if it has been taxed, and where its going. So let's not make up crap about Steve giving without letting ppl know about. That being said it does not excuse us to talking trash about him now that he is dead.

_Heracles said,
So... how much did Steve Jobs donate to charity?

He didnt cos we are doing charities the wrong way

Giving money to the poor doesn't help if you don't fix the reason why they were poor in the first place.

Giving money to anyone can't make anyone great.

Beaux said,
Giving money to the poor doesn't help if you don't fix the reason why they were poor in the first place.

Giving money to anyone can't make anyone great.

He didn't just "gave poor people money." He funded programs, purchased supplies, vaccines, etc. What point would there be if he parachuted into Africa and started handing out dollar bills to people when there isn't anywhere to spend them?

Beaux said,
Giving money to the poor doesn't help if you don't fix the reason why they were poor in the first place.

Giving money to anyone can't make anyone great.


That's not what he's doing though. The B&MG foundation is working to make basic things more accessible. One example is vaccines; in many cases, they exist, but their cost removes them as an option in many third world countries. These vaccines are made easier to produce, easier to store and transport, and easier for everyone to afford thanks to funding from various charitable organizations.

And let's not kid around with the economic cost of disease. Do you know how much money goes into treating people with cancers, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes and obesity? Do you know how functional the US economy would be if its workers were subject to the same set of diseases that is prevalent in parts of Africa?

To put it coldly, a sick person turns a potentially useful component of society into a resource drain, and maybe by helping these people back onto their feet, we'll help them go somewhere.

Tuishimi said,

He didn't just "gave poor people money." He funded programs, purchased supplies, vaccines, etc. What point would there be if he parachuted into Africa and started handing out dollar bills to people when there isn't anywhere to spend them?

The same argument still applies. It doesn't help to fund programs if you don't fix the reason why the programs weren't funded in the firrst place. It doesn't help to purchase supplies, vaccines, etc. if you don't fix the reason why supplies, vaccines, etc. weren't already purchased in the first place.

Relativity_17 said,

That's not what he's doing though. The B&MG foundation is working to make basic things more accessible.
It's still the same thing. It doesn't help if you don't fix the reason why the basic things weren't accessible in the first place.

PhilT said,
What no vaccine denial or conspiracy theories ? Well this certainly is a nice change.

Whoops. Sorry.

Uhh... Those vaccines contain mind control drugs which influences you to go out and buy Microsoft products with the aid money you just recieved. It's all part of Bill's plan for world domination!

To be fair, I think a lot of people would do the same if they had that kind of money. It's only his more uniquely brilliant success as an entrepreneur that allowed him to make such a difference.

A lot of people with big money only do it to the extent that it's advantageous to their tax filing. Bill Gates goes far beyond that.

Im going to say it and you can kick me and block or whatever, but 2011 really was the year tyrants died. Good riddance to Steve Jobs, he helped the world into a new era of greed.

Iridium said,
Im going to say it and you can kick me and block or whatever, but 2011 really was the year tyrants died. Good riddance to Steve Jobs, he helped the world into a new era of greed.
RIP Dennis Ritchie

I'm not sure if those lives have been saved but the man's generosity and dedication to the cause is to be admired and commended.

Neobond said,
Fantastic man! I've met him and shook his hand as well

Scuttlebutt says the guy tucks dollar bills in his coat to keep warm and sometimes they fall out. Is it true?

Stoffel said,
What a great man, and if he can keep convincing other to do the same, all the better
the statistic about the wealthy giving half of their fortunes is amazing. $600 billion from just the top 400 richest

Not only did this man give away much of his own money, he convinced others to do the same! What a great man!

Isn't it amazing that the governments of these people being helped can't even provide the very basic health protection, always having to be bailed out by the wealthy nations. Not saying we should not do it, but it would be nice if these leaders would go without a little to aid their own people.

Good job Bill.

It would be more effective if he used his money to lobby for global warming prevention and birth reduction in "countries" with no natural resources or extreme conditions.
He should be more philosophically bond to Darwin than to Robin Hood or Gandhi.

Luis Mazza said,
It would be more effective if he used his money to lobby for global warming prevention and birth reduction in "countries" with no natural resources or extreme conditions.
He should be more philosophically bond to Darwin than to Robin Hood or Gandhi.

+1

Think if those 6ml lives he saved had 5 children , 30 ml children need saving , feeding , resource consuming.

DrakeN2k said,

+1

Think if those 6ml lives he saved had 5 children , 30 ml children need saving , feeding , resource consuming.

or if they could all have 2 children then the population would stabilize

He is a grate man , not good for Africa population thoe. cant feed themselves now.

I would give money to help children to survive knowing the population would be stable.

DrakeN2k said,
He is a grate man , not good for Africa population thoe. cant feed themselves now.

I would give money to help children to survive knowing the population would be stable.

So we should let them die?

Varemenos said,

So we should let them die?

Its harsh but disease is a forum of population control.

Hunger is also a way to say there is too many of you to support the population you can sustain.

DrakeN2k said,

Its harsh but disease is a forum of population control.

Hunger is also a way to say there is too many of you to support the population you can sustain.

So easy to say when it's someone *else* who doesn't have enough food.

MightyJordan said,

Source?

Just did a quick search, not seeing anything to support his claim. MS seems to have previously supported it but pulled their support though.

Gaara sama said,
Yeah he its a Amazing man but Bill Gate Support Sopa and PiPa.

Bill Gates personally has never said such a thing.

Beyond Godlike said,

Just did a quick search, not seeing anything to support his claim. MS seems to have previously supported it but pulled their support though.


under Bill Gates MS never really fought off illegal usage of the Windows OS. If i remember that once Gates had some interview about the warez usage on Windows, that he said something among the lines of 'every illegal user, is still a user who prefers windows' and something that it was good for the statistics too, think at least here in Holland that upto 20% was using an 'illegal' Windows XP install, well thats 20% more marketshare for MS.

This is the essence of the power of capitalism. Self Interest combined with a care for others. Bill gates is a great man.

sidroc said,
This is the essence of the power of capitalism. Self Interest combined with a care for others. Bill gates is a great man.

unfortunately this essense of power of capitalism you are talking about is only inside 1 in a billion people. Because most people arent would rather steal your pension and burn your house than give you cash.

smooth3006 said,
Bill has done a great job but ever since he left his duties at microsoft they have gone downhill.

They are earning more & more money every year, stop saying BS.

Anthonyd said,

They are earning more & more money every year, stop saying BS.
because the market is a lot larger. Percent wise I'm pretty sure they gone down a little bit

Rudy said,
because the market is a lot larger. Percent wise I'm pretty sure they gone down a little bit

All things considered, WIndows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Phone are all considered much better than their predecessors, and Microsoft are finally properly starting to nail down their cloud platform and proper device synergy, something they never achieved during Gate's reign.

Rudy said,
because the market is a lot larger. Percent wise I'm pretty sure they gone down a little bit

In all fairness to Microsoft, when you've captured >90% of the market, the only way is down. Once you near 100% market share, continuing to grow your userbase is pretty much impossible. They compete well still in a shifting landscape though. Sure they're dropping users on many fronts now, but no company can expect to hold a >90% market share indefinitely, not even Microsoft.

Majesticmerc said,

In all fairness to Microsoft, when you've captured >90% of the market, the only way is down. Once you near 100% market share, continuing to grow your userbase is pretty much impossible. They compete well still in a shifting landscape though. Sure they're dropping users on many fronts now, but no company can expect to hold a >90% market share indefinitely, not even Microsoft.


desktop wise they are still holding >90% of the market
and if W8 wont be slanderd down before it gets released (as many Q.Q way to much about the metro design THE WINDOWS AERO DESIGN IS STILL IN W8 ASWELL!)
they should grow in the other markets they're a smaller player in.

smooth3006 said,
Bill has done a great job but ever since he left his duties at microsoft they have gone downhill.

just wait till windows 8 gets released, they will loose massive amount of market share

nekrosoft13 said,

just wait till windows 8 gets released, they will loose massive amount of market share
Wait until the target platforms for Windows 8 get released. Microsoft's tablet market share will skyrocket.

nekrosoft13 said,

just wait till windows 8 gets released, they will loose massive amount of market share

LOL based on what? Vista was a (commercial) failure and that didn't hurt Microsoft. Windows 7 is the king of operating systems now, and if Win8 by some SLIM chance flops, people will stick with 7, not migrate to OS X or *chuckle* Linux.

Exosphere said,
Genuine nice guy Bill is, the opposite of that c*** that did run Apple

Ladies and gentlemen, your average Neowin fanboi. Jesus f****** Christ.

Exosphere said,
Genuine nice guy Bill is, the opposite of that c*** that did run Apple

So soon people forget. You can be a **** all you like your entire life, ruin the fortunes of many competitors, ruthlessly lie, cheat and steal your way to the top, but as soon as you give away a significant portion of your wealth away (which I'm not criticising by the way) he's suddenly some messianic being that should be worshipped.

All charitable work aside, Bill Gates is such a massive **** that he had to have the US Government step in to put him into timeout for bullying other kids in the playground.

So yes, he is a philanthropist that is giving away his fortune, but nice guy? No, not by a long shot.

Syanide said,

Ladies and gentlemen, your average Neowin fanboi. Jesus f****** Christ.

Did that person that ran Apple give anything like this away?

Majesticmerc said,

All charitable work aside, Bill Gates is such a massive **** that he had to have the US Government step in to put him into timeout for bullying other kids in the playground.

And if the rules were the same today Google and Apple would be under the same control that Microsoft was… So your point is?

MFH said,

And if the rules were the same today Google and Apple would be under the same control that Microsoft was… So your point is?

My point is that while his charity work is nice, he's not exactly a nice person.

Majesticmerc said,

My point is that while his charity work is nice, he's not exactly a nice person.


because he can differentiate bussiness and personal life?
it was bussiness, and thats a harsh world, want to survive, you have to be hard ball.
and unlike other ceo's from apple, google etc. Mr Gates is a genius, he is smart as hell. knows more about IT, programming and stuff then anyone else here and no matter how big of a dbag you might think he is.
he has done more good for the world then almost anyone else. and not just his charity work.

Shadowzz said,

because he can differentiate bussiness and personal life?
it was bussiness, and thats a harsh world, want to survive, you have to be hard ball.
and unlike other ceo's from apple, google etc. Mr Gates is a genius, he is smart as hell. knows more about IT, programming and stuff then anyone else here and no matter how big of a dbag you might think he is.
he has done more good for the world then almost anyone else. and not just his charity work.

There's some exaggeration if I ever saw it. First off, lets not put down the efforts of Woz, Jobs, Page and Brin shall we? Woz and Jobs between the two of them contributed as much to computing in the 80s as Gates and Ballmer did with Microsoft, and Larry and Sergey have contributed a massive amount towawrds the modern internet, much Moreso in my opinion that Microsoft.

I'm not denying Gates' contributions (for better and for worse), but let's not get all gooey eyed over him shall we. My point is that he is just as bad as (assuming this is who the OP was referring to) Jobs was when he was with us, albeit more charitable. I'm not saying I don't admire him for what he's doing, it's very admirable indeed, but don't forget how he managed to amass such a fortune so ruthlessly in the first place.

Majesticmerc said,

There's some exaggeration if I ever saw it. First off, lets not put down the efforts of Woz, Jobs, Page and Brin shall we? Woz and Jobs between the two of them contributed as much to computing in the 80s as Gates and Ballmer did with Microsoft, and Larry and Sergey have contributed a massive amount towawrds the modern internet, much Moreso in my opinion that Microsoft.

I'm not denying Gates' contributions (for better and for worse), but let's not get all gooey eyed over him shall we. My point is that he is just as bad as (assuming this is who the OP was referring to) Jobs was when he was with us, albeit more charitable. I'm not saying I don't admire him for what he's doing, it's very admirable indeed, but don't forget how he managed to amass such a fortune so ruthlessly in the first place.

I agree that to person your playing to statements are a little exaggerated, but I wouldn't say Gates is as bad as Jobs. He was ruthless and agressive in his business practices, but it was business. Outside of that he is a much different person.

Also, Gates ruthness my have stiffled the growth of other companies, and I'm definitely not condoning that type of behavior. But at the rate of the selfishness of many of the wealthy, I dount they would have contributed the amount of money to chartity that both Gates and Microsoft has.

This reminded me of something I was thinking of about the revenue Microsoft receives from Android OEMs. I was wondering the precentage of money those revenues allow them to donate and if it's less or more than the amount those OEMs are giving on their own. I hope that made sense.

IakobosJ said,
Amazing man

Exactly why im such a fan of Microsoft lately, his personality and ethics have seeded downwards and youd find charity is a big part of MS

People mourned Steve jobs, but what did he do, hes a selfish dbag who only turned hipsters into more annoying ppl. He never did anything for anyone.

Beyond Godlike said,

People mourned Steve jobs, but what did he do, hes a selfish dbag who only turned hipsters into more annoying ppl. He never did anything for anyone.

Steve Jobs didn't do anything in the way of philantropy next to the legends above. +1

Beyond Godlike said,

People mourned Steve jobs, but what did he do, hes a selfish dbag who only turned hipsters into more annoying ppl. He never did anything for anyone.

Steve Jobs didn't do anything in the way of philantropy next to the legends above. +1

Richio said,

Steve Jobs didn't do anything in the way of philantropy next to the legends above. +1


He mocked charity. Worlds better off without selfish ppl like him.

Richio said,

Steve Jobs didn't do anything in the way of philantropy next to the legends above. +1

Why, because he didn't tell everyone?

Did you ever even consider that perhaps he gave anonymously?

Beyond Godlike said,

He mocked charity. Worlds better off without selfish ppl like him.

Yea, being selfish is right up there with ignorance.

Lamp0 said,

Why, because he didn't tell everyone?

Did you ever even consider that perhaps he gave anonymously?

How logical would it be for a guy that mocks charity to give anonymously. In his position, hed want the PR from something like that. As for ignorance, selfishness is whats creating most of the worlds problems today.

Lamp0 said,
Did you ever even consider that perhaps he gave anonymously?

It is possible, but there ultimately is a difference between doing something back in the shadows because you don't want the limelight, and spotlighting what you're doing to encourage others to do by your example.

Lamp0 said,

Why, because he didn't tell everyone?

Did you ever even consider that perhaps he gave anonymously?

Yeah right, he wouldn't even support his own child for years. He never gave a cent to charity.