Third World mosquitoes just said a mass “uh oh.”Bill Gates is giving $4.6 billion to charity — probably his own foundation. And one of its aims is eradicating malaria via bed nets to block mosquitoes.
(He famously released a jar of noninflected mosquitoes at a 2009 TED Talk in Long Beach. See above video.)
World media focused on the money.
“Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is reducing his stake in the company to just 1.3 percent, after holding 24 percent of the software maker back in 1996,” said Fortune. “In a filing to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday, Gates revealed he’s donating 64 million shares of Microsoft worth a total of $4.6 billion. It’s a huge donation, and Bloomberg reports that it’s the biggest since he gave away $16 billion worth in 1999 and $5.1 billion of shares in 2000.”
Said The Verge: “While the donation is a large amount in monetary terms, Gates still holds the title of richest person in the world. Bloomberg now values Gates at $86.1 billion, down from his previous $90 billion fortune. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is edging closer, though. The billionaire briefly surpassed Gates last month to become the world’s richest person, before falling back behind Gates after Amazon’s share price dropped.”
Said the BBC: “This latest donation is the biggest charitable gift to have been made anywhere in the world so far this year. The second largest was made by Mr. (Warren) Buffett, who donated almost $3.2bn to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation last month. And the third biggest came from Dell Computer Corporation founder Michael Dell and his wife Susan.”
Said others on Twitter:
Bill Gates donates 4.6Billion Dollars and still remains the richest man in the world😯. What am I doing wrong?? 😕
— Kitty Ann (@KittyGakii) August 15, 2017
— Gates Foundation (@gatesfoundation) August 15, 2017
I will kill 64 mosquitoes and you shall reward me with 100 bucks
— Christian ツ (@IamKuya) August 15, 2017
Bill Gates has now given away $35 billion https://t.co/rL0TzknPBh
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 15, 2017
— Susan M. Apgood (@newsgeneration) August 15, 2017
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