Sunday, June 25, 2006

Two Quick Questions

Number one, how do I get to be a charity? Number two, is everything copacetic? Healthy people don't normally give everything away if they plan on staying a while. Though he can probably live quite comfortably on 10 percent of his money.
FORTUNE Magazine: Warren Buffett gives away his fortune - Jun. 25, 2006: "This news was indeed stunning. Buffett, 75, has for decades said his wealth would go to philanthropy but has just as steadily indicated the handoff would be made at his death. Now he was revising the timetable.

'I know what I want to do,' he said, 'and it makes sense to get going.' On that spring day his plan was uncertain in some of its details; today it is essentially complete. And it is typical Buffett: rational, original, breaking the mold of how extremely rich people donate money.

Buffett has pledged to gradually give 85% of his Berkshire stock to five foundations. A dominant five-sixths of the shares will go to the world's largest philanthropic organization, the $30 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose principals are close friends of Buffett's (a connection that began in 1991, when a mutual friend introduced Buffett and Bill Gates).

The Gateses credit Buffett, says Bill, with having 'inspired' their thinking about giving money back to society. Their foundation's activities, internationally famous, are focused on world health -- fighting such diseases as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis -- and on improving U.S. libraries and high schools."
At least it is a good cause.

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