Imagine, if you will, that you’re one of the richest people history has ever seen. What might you do with that money? You might buy the largest yacht ever made, you might start up companies, you might just blow it all on hats. But hopefully, if you’re a really good, decent person, you’ll use that money to better the lives of the rest of humanity. That is what Bill Gates has done.
Now much can be said about Microsoft’s business practices over the last couple of decades, though to be honest they don’t seem any better or worse than any other large company. But while their practices have been somewhat questionable at times, I think we can all pretty much agree that Bill Gates is an all-around decent fellow. He’s set the goal of giving away a huge part of his fortune and has donated billions to charitable causes through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
These charitable donations have major impacts. It was reported just this week that, due largely to money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, polio is no longer a thing in India.
Polio hasn’t been a thing in most of the civilized world for a long time. I’ve only ever met one person younger than me who had polio, and he grew up in a Romanian orphanage. So for those of you who, like me, grew up without this menace, go ask your parents or grandparents what life was like, especially during the summer, before the polio vaccine was invented; an invention the creator, Dr. Jonas Saulk, refused to patent.
So hats off to Bill Gates, proving once again that sometimes, just sometimes, the 1% of the 1% can use their money for great good.