Railroad barons got nothin’ on us

The heartland’s favorite gajillionaire, Warren Buffet, this week convinced 40 of the wealthiest Americans to donate half of their money to charity.  This hasn’t happened in a long time.  Well since the good old days when Carnegie bought his way into heaven by creating a University, Getty provided the world with a parting gift of not one, but two beautiful museums, and countless other robber barons left their houses and extensive art collections to posterity.  It warms the cockles of my little heart to hear that Bill & Melinda Gates (Buffet’s partners in the effort), won’t be only the billionaires waiting for me at the Pearly gates.  They’ll be joined by Larry Ellison, Jimmy Buffet and George Lucas.  Sure their kids are probably freaking out, but it’s not like they’re going to have to get jobs or anything.  Half a gajillion dollars is still a lot of money.

Full disclosure:  I’m actually pretty impressed by this.  I don’t know I’d be selfless enough to give up half the lily pad if asked.  You go rich guys!

2 thoughts on “Railroad barons got nothin’ on us”

  1. I haven’t been able to hate Bill Gates for a number of years because of his charitable activities (even though I don’t have great things to say about Microsquish), and George Lucas I wish had given away the money he spent on that last SW trilogy.

    Jimmy Buffett? ;-)

  2. Blueberry – I agree on Gates. I’ve been impressed by him and his wife’s philanthropic efforts for many years. Lucas, yeah coulda, woulda, shoulda. Still, the new trilogy made him a lot more money. Buffet I love. Who knew parrotheads could make you so rich?

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