Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Better news

Repenting of my news-inspired ranting yesterday, I'll come clean and confess that occasionally there are stories in the newspapers that make one have a little more hope for the world.

Take Warren Buffett, for instance. This American multi-billionaire is to give $37bn of his estimated $44bn fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the coming years.

In addition he's to make a 'substantial' donation to a foundation named after his late wife, leaving just the odd billion or so to his three children (I think they'll cope).

Now I'm sure there's plenty of questions to be asked about how someone makes $44bn in the first place and whether fairer trading and more equitable wealth distribution etc would be a more sensible approach, but if you're going to go the capitalist route, then hey this is one heck of a way to round off the story. Apparently this has been his plan all along and he's been waiting for 50 years to do this. Hat's off to you sir.

And then there's Angelina Jolie who apparently gives one third of her earnings to charity as a matter of course.

Well ok I read that last one in Heat rather than the Guardian or The Times, but one needs a breadth of news sources I always think...

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