As a trial, at least one story like this could be featured prominently in news broadcasts, every day, in as many places as possible. I somehow don't think they'd run out of stories anytime soon. Chain reaction.
In the spirit of another tremendously wealthy individual, Andrew Carnegie, who a century ago gave away almost all his fortune, Warren Buffett has promised to give away 99% of his estimated $58 billion fortune. In 2006, he pledged $30 billion to the Gates Foundation, of which $13 billion has been paid.
Excepts from Buffett's statement in 2006:
Millions of people who regularly contribute to churches, schools, and other organizations thereby relinquish the use of funds that would otherwise benefit their own families. The dollars these people drop into a collection plate or give to United Way mean forgone movies, dinners out, or other personal pleasures. In contrast, my family and I will give up nothing we need or want by fulfilling this 99% pledge.Moreover, this pledge does not leave me contributing the most precious asset, which is time. Many people, including -- I'm proud to say -- my three children, give extensively of their own time and talents to help others. Gifts of this kind often prove far more valuable than money. A struggling child, befriended and nurtured by a caring mentor, receives a gift whose value far exceeds what can be bestowed by a check. My sister, Doris, extends significant person-to-person help daily. I've done little of this.http://givingpledge.org/Content/medi...c%20Pledge.pdfMy luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I've worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate's distribution of long straws is wildly capricious