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Since 2007 Bill Gates has given away 48 percent of his net-worth for charity [Infographic]

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Say what you will about Bill Gates but there is no denying that he has had an impressive impact on our society during his leadership at Microsoft and continues to be a force of change through his foundation along with his wife Melinda.

According to the figures in the infographic Bill Gates has given $28 Billion to various charities since 2007, which apparently accounts for almost 48% of his net-worth.

One of his biggest charitable efforts has been towards the eradication of malaria and an end to polio. He was also instrumental in the creation of The Living Pledge which is an effort to get the richest people in the world to publicly commit to giving away half their net-worth in their lifetime.

The multi-billionaire Warren Buffet is probably the most well known name to take the pledge.

via Frugal Dad

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36 Responses to “Since 2007 Bill Gates has given away 48 percent of his net-worth for charity [Infographic]”

  1. Norman Graham

    Even as an Apple fanboy, I have much graditude for the tremendous charitable work Bill and Melinda Gates are doing. This is one amazing infographic.

  2. Michael Ma

    Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to assemble an iPad at Foxconn, you feed him for a lifetime. A lifetime including ones that end prematurely due to suicide.

  3. David Simpson

    On one hand, it's a small miracle, on the other, that's 5 million more people living on <$1 a day. You have to go all the way, right? Shelter, food, education — that's like a 15-20 year commitment to eradicate the cycle for 1 generation…

  4. Michael Jackson

    How much in taxes has Gates actually paid? I'm interested only because in Europe, we give away 60% of our gross income. A comparison would be fun.

  5. Gary Jay Brooks

    Bill Gates is a hero and always will be. Not only did he drive a software market but he also believes in humanity and has a heart of gold. Go Bill!

  6. Marshall Muniz

    Let's get him to give a little to the adult baseball leauge's starting.
    in vegas based on the concept savelasvegasbaseball.com (mens adult baaeball).
    is terrible and needs upgrading. MM baseball advocate.

  7. Young Cheng

    Considering the fact that most of his wealth is in Microsoft shares, I doubt he'd be taxed for making long-term capital gains. If anything, he donated a larger % of his wealth than your average person.

  8. Tomas 'Lerpo' Lerpiniere

    You're clearly a very narrow minded person. Why does America need to be first on the list in your eyes ?
    Why not somewhere suffering.

    Not to mention he's developed windows. I'm sure the majority of America use hos software and it keeps companies moving

  9. Carolina Courtland

    America should be first on the list because we need help here. In case you haven't noticed, we're having economic difficulties.. It must be nice for you to not know anyone who is having financial trouble now. Aside from that, America made Microsoft and Bill Gates. It was our country that enabled him to get the fine education and provided the opportunities he got. Time for some payback.

  10. Tomas 'Lerpo' Lerpiniere

    If you haven't noticed….third world countries didn't get themselves into a mess. You live in a first world country…we got ourselves into the mess. These people have no food or water or homes, whereas you are in a place which can get itself out of financial debt. Also you complete idiot, these countries are billions of dollars more in debt than the us….
    Bill gates has given 25% of 28billion to the US. I'm sure you haven't given 0.01% of that to the us….have you?
    You have the advantage of living in a p
    Ace you have a computer to use, a mobile. Clean food and water. Your family arnt dying around you from lack of resources.
    If America are so financially in debt, why don't they stop spending 6 billion a day on all the wars it starts ?

    Stop loving in this pathetic

  11. Tomas 'Lerpo' Lerpiniere

    Stop living in this pathetic dreamland of you needing it more than a third world country. America are doing fine and getting the self out of a problem they caused. A third world country does not have the luxury of being able to sort itself out.
    You are selfish. Completely selfish.

    Oh, and these countries also buy Microsoft products.

    Also, he made Microsoft, not America.
    You Americans seem to have this image where if it's made in America…it's Americas. It's not.

    And also, if wngland hasn't developed the hardware a originally, there wouldn't be such a thing as a computer…so by your rules….he should be helping England?

  12. Tomas 'Lerpo' Lerpiniere

    And there's probably a reason you only have 18 friends on Facebook.

  13. Carolina Courtland

    I'm not talking about Bill Gates helping ME personally. I'm talking about him helping America. You are daft to not see how bad it is for people here now? You must be living in a rich dreamland. I know people who have lost their businesses, their homes. I guess you don't.

    Gates could help out people are living in their cars with their entire family. He could help our wounded warriors who have lost limbs and haven't got a proper house fit for the disabled to live in. He could help finance small businesses to help our economy. The list is endless. Instead, he is giving millions to AIDS education in some village in India.

    Sure our gov spends money improperly, but there's nothing the people can do about that. The issue is that Bill Gates and Microsoft were made by AMERICA. (I don't care which country code was first developed. That's not the point.)

    And you're wrong, percentage wise, I do give more to charity than Bill Gates does, but again, that's not the issue, how much I give.

  14. Tomas 'Lerpo' Lerpiniere

    Pah:') good god. You truly are a complete and utter fool its hilarious. Keep going, this is so entertaining :')

  15. James Smith

    Reading the bullshit Carolina puts on here makes me wish Facebook would just make a dislike button already.

    >I'm not talking about Bill Gates helping ME personally. I'm talking about him helping America.
    He makes a point of paying his taxes every year, unlike may millionaires who seem to enjoy tax evasion (Romney comes to mind; I bet you were a huge supporter of him in the election, considering how narrow-minded you are.)
    >You are daft to not see how bad it is for people here now?
    The problem with that argument is "people here now" are much more healthy, wealthy, and happy than people in other places in the world. The reason you don't think so is because "people here now" take what we have for granted. We have tons upon tons of freedom, education, resources, and money in comparison to places like the -stans (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan), India, and Africa. As a result of us being much more well-off, we shouldn't even EXPECT help, let alone ASK for it like insolent, spoiled children, which is what comes to mind when I read your comments.
    [This point will be referred to often as "why you're wrong". When I say "See why you're wrong", I am referring to my point here.]
    >You must be living in a rich dreamland.
    We ARE, compared to most of the world. See why you're wrong.
    >I know people who have lost their businesses, their homes. I guess you don't.
    And yet, there are many places where you can't even OWN a business independent from the government, and many people around the globe can't and could never AFFORD a business or a home in the first place. See why you're wrong.
    Look at Africa. They're all living in mud huts that could barely count as a home.
    >Gates could help out people are living in their cars with their entire family.
    WHY SHOULD HE WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON'T EVEN HAVE A CAR TO HOUSE THEIR FAMILY? Again, see why you're wrong.
    >He could help finance small businesses to help our economy.
    …You don't know anything about economics, do you?
    I mean, I'd explain why that statement is retarded, but most of what I'd say would fly straight over your head and you wouldn't understand any of it without some knowledge of economics.
    But considering that you just made that statement, you probably don't know anything about economics, so I won't waste my time explaining something you don't understand.
    >The list is endless.
    Indeed it is, like a spoiled child's list of Christmas gifts will never end.
    The fact of the matter is some of the things on that list are more dire and have higher priority than others. Those things happen to be located outside of America. See why you're wrong.
    >Instead, he is giving millions to AIDS education in some village in India.
    Firstly, that's wrong. He's not giving millions to educate kids about AIDS in some village in India. Since when does one village's AIDS education cost millions of dollars? Is that what it cost for your school?
    Secondly, see why you're wrong.
    Thirdly, his efforts are saving many more lives than if he did what you suggested. You sure seem to be pro-American, so let me remind you that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" was written by Thomas Jefferson, and if you agreed with that statement, you'd agree that all lives are equal, and that as a result, we should save as many as possible. That is exactly what Bill Gates is doing, and if you take issue with that, then Thomas Jefferson would like a word with you.
    >Sure our gov spends money improperly, but there's nothing the people can do about that.
    Excuse the following rant, but reading that makes me want to explode.
    HOLY FUCKING SHIT. YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DEMOCRACY, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT IS ORGANIZED ACCORDING TO HOW THE PEOPLE VOTE, WHERE ANY AND EVERY VOICE IS ALLOWED TO BE HEARD, INCLUDING YOUR RETARDED ONE, WHICH IS A PRIVILEGE THAT MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO LIVE UNDER DICTATORS AND OPPRESSIVE MILITARY REGIMES DON'T FUCKING HAVE AND PROBABLY COULD NEVER DREAM OF, AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY, THE IGNORANCE, THE SHEER HYPOCRISY TO SAY THAT WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT?!?!
    In calmer words, we live in a democracy. We, the people, actually CAN do something about our government, which is why the preamble of the Constitution (y'know, the document that describes our entire country) starts with those three words.
    In many countries, democracy is either not an option, or an illusion that's rigged in favor of the ruling party, and you say YOU can't change YOUR government?
    In the Middle East, people had to start wars and revolutions in order to change your government. All you have to do is tick a different box in election day.
    But hey, at least there are people who aren't retarded like you that don't give up in regards to change. It's too bad you think that those people aren't worthy of having their lives saved, considering those people are the same people benefiting from Bill Gates's funding.
    >The issue is that Bill Gates and Microsoft were made by AMERICA.
    No, they weren't. Microsoft was made by Bill Gates. Bill Gates was made by his parents.
    Semantics aside, although Bill Gates and Microsoft do have America to credit for their success, among MANY other influences and supporters, Bill Gates does support America. As I said above, despite all his donations, he makes a point of paying his taxes, and he has also given funding to American education. It's not like he's going out of his way to make sure every last penny of his donations goes overseas.
    >(I don't care which country code was first developed. That's not the point.)
    I have no idea what you mean by that, or what this has to do with anything involved here, but okay.
    >And you're wrong, percentage wise, I do give more to charity than Bill Gates does
    You give away more than half your money to charity?
    Considering you sound like a spoiled-rotten greedy bitch, I find that hard to believe.
    In any case, let's not look percentage-wise. Let's look at raw numbers. Bill Gates has donated $28 BILLION. That's probably more money than you'll ever see in your lifetime. As a result, he's definitely donated more than you have.
    >but again, that's not the issue, how much I give.
    But by bringing it up, you've MADE it an issue. And it's an issue I take issue with, as stated above.

    If all that text is too much for your small-minded brain to handle, let me just echo Lerpo's sentiment of "Oh good lord you're an idiot". I don't know why I'm wasting my time attempting to educate you, since you're so firmly biased and closed-minded, but I feel like I have to try, or at least tell you to shut up because you're retarded and ignorant.

  16. Anonymous

    but then again, if the average person donated 50% of his/her wealth, then we'd all be hobos on the streets. these people are billionaires, so if they save 1% of their income for themselves, they can still live a decent life