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Because he will save 7.6 million children this decade. The challenges he takes on are straight out of a comic book.
I know a video game forum is not the best place to air my thoughts on this but I feel like people just need to stop their portrayal of Bill Gates as some kind of evil genius that's out to get you. Yes, he is blessed with enormous wealth but unlike every other celebrity or head honcho, this guy puts his money where his mouth is. Since '94, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has donated over $21 billion and this latest donation of $10 billion is the largest ever recorded for a single cause.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced plans Friday to invest $10 billion in the fight against a number of illnesses including AIDS and said the record donation could save nearly nine million lives.
"By significantly scaling up the delivery of life-saving vaccines in developing countries to 90 percent coverage -- including new vaccines to prevent severe diarrhea and pneumonia -- the model suggests that we could prevent the deaths of some 7.6 million children under 5 from 2010-2019."
I've always had a very soft spot for any kind of philanthropy and I hold a personal belief of helping others any way I can (I donated my entire video game collection after passing high school - it was probably the only thing I had of any value back then). As a result, I've grown up admiring Bill Gates & Warren Buffet and their incredible effort in this field. These are individuals with genuinely good hearts and a great vision to go along with it. How many men in history can claim to have saved over 7 million lives as a direct result of their actions ? I'm truly in awe.