There has been a change in priorities for Bill Gates for the last couple of years. He left the firm’s management over to paid executives and concentrates his own efforts in developing countries, not as an investor but rather in social activities.
In one of his latest post, Bill Gates talks about what he really wants for Christmas and I must say I fully agree with his view:
“I’m touched that people think to send holiday treats. It’s a fun tradition (…) But I can’t help thinking that the money spent on these gifts could go to people who need it more than I do.”
It almost looks like a paraphrase of Luke 14: “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
There is only one aspect I would underline here. Luke also wrote about a rich man that came to Jesus and asked Him how can he inherit eternal life. Often when we read the story we only keep in mind the first part of Jesus’ answer but there are actually two things he would need to do: “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22).
I wish you all blessed holidays!