Charity: Steve Jobs vs. The World
Reading around and about the innertubes, it seems a lot of people think Steve Jobs is greedy and not a philanthropist. He doesn't give to charity.
How do they know he doesn't give to charity? Easy. Unlike other billionaires, he hasn't called a press conference to make sure everyone knows how much he's giving to support what cause(s).
Bill Gates has a foundation. You can go check on the internet to find out exactly what he's doing to support the creation of a super-toilet.
Warren Buffett has contributed billions to the Bill Gates foundation.
Giving money to a non-profit organization is not necessarily charity. Making yourself a non-profit organization is not always charity. If you shout from the rooftops, "Hey! Look at me! I'm giving money to charity. I'm feeding the hungry and buying medicine for the sick," it isn't charity. It's self-promotion, or possibly self-aggrandizement. Maybe it's public atonement for being greedy. Maybe it's some combination of the above and a tax dodge – mostly a tax dodge.
Pick a billionaire or a corporation. They all make sure everyone knows what they give to support which charities. Watch them show up at all the benefits fund-raisers and present two-foot by six-foot checks with the company name prominently displayed.
That isn't charity. It's marketing. Advertising. "Look at me. I'm the CEO of Acme Cardboard and we're giving a check the size of a throw rug to the National Hangnail Relief Fund."
Steve Jobs has never done that. Apple has never done that. So, those in the know – self-righteous clowns – insist that Steve Jobs is not philanthropic.
There is no public record of Steve Ballmer giving his mother flowers or a birthday card. I can find no reference on the internet to Steve Ballmer saying please and thank you to a waitress or a maid. No indication anywhere that he leaves a decent tip, either.Continued on the next page