61 year old Gates is the only person known to potentially becoming a trillionaire in their lifetime. King Mansa Musa, an African Muslim Sultan is the only person to have ever come close. King Mansa’s estimated worth ranges from 500-600 billion, however he died after his 25 year reign.
Gates however, does not appear to have death on his agenda, nor does his financial potential. At current growth; in 25 years the Microsoft tycoon will reach the colossal one trillion mark. What does appear to have died is the appeal for Gates to give away a considerable amount of wealth through a foundation that isn’t his own. He has given $25bn to his own charity since it opened. Which was in 1997.
Thats sort of like, giving yourself pocket-money.
To put that amount into relative understanding, that $25bn he gave… to his own charity, he then made that amount in 2 years since his retirement (retirement? You know? when you stop making money). If that amount was aimed at stopping world hunger; he would of, for a year according to borgenproject.
However despite the above, Gates claims “I have no use for money,” which is why he’s the owner of a cosy, tiny, petite home costing $150 million, paying $1 million in taxes for all his properties per year. Perhaps its the under-water music system he employs, or the $30 million library, or the artificial stream, or the tree electronically monitored 24 hours a day? No, no, no, it must be the sand imported from the Caribbean on his beach.
Whilst it seems I’m slandering Gates, in reality I’m attempting set a perspective on his wealth, compared to the injustice in 3rd world populous. Does one man really need a $30 million library? Doesn’t a local library card work alright? I understand the fundamental statement that a man can reap his earnings, the sweat of one mans brow and poppycock, etc. I cannot however condone the global gap between humanity however, and never shall.
When we ignore the vast amount of poverty in the world, and praise the 1%, whilst criticising anyone who criticises the prior, we find our blind-eye immersed in ignorance. We wouldn’t confuse the insane, so why are we ignoring the poor?
“As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers.” Oxfam.