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!