If I Had a Billion Dollars -Three Questions

The other song playing in my head: Money Changes Everything

I was thinking about Bill Gates, the epitome of nerdy technogeek, having donated through the Gates Foundation $10 billion in 11 years, and how he’s getting out of the rate race and, like Andrew Carnegie, another “richest man in the world”, is dedicating the rest of his life to even more philanthropic work.

Meanwhile, the technopress has been having a field day with the “Microsoft after Gates” story. One loving story was a slide show of Microsoft’s Top 10 Flops. So, the questions:

1. If you came into money, real money, maybe lottery or inheritance money, beyond taking care of the needs (and wants) of yourself, family and friends, what cause or causes would you spend the money on? There are any number of charities I’d like to give $1000 to outright, then evaluate further.

2. What WILL Microsoft look like post-Gates? To tell you how little I know about this, of the 10 flops, I remember only 2.

3. How much money would you want to have in order to say, “I’m done with working”? With a 2-year old going to college in only 16 years, and with an aging mother and an even more aging house, I’m guessing…$10 million?

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