Choose your friends wisely (ie: not Warren Buffett)

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Bill Gates might have ended up richer than Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos combined by hanging onto Microsoft Corp. rather than selling. Gates had the equivalent of 2.06 billion shares in September 1998, when the software maker first became the world’s most-valuable company, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Microsoft took back the top ranking from Apple Inc. on Oct. 29. Gates’s 1998 holding would have been valued Friday at about $693 billion, topping Musk’s net worth of $340.4 billion and Bezos’s net worth of $200.3 billion. He sold the vast majority of his Microsoft stock before leaving the board in 2020.
 

Exterous

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To be fair, Gates has given away $65 billion to date.
And he's been doing that for awhile which really 'hurt' his wealth ranking since he loses out on compound interest

Also its good to diversify. Sure you lose some upside but you're also much less likely to get screwed. "Oh no. Gates is only the second wealthiest person!" :rolleyes:
 
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Muse

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When you have over 100 billion dollars friendship might be worth more than money to you. I would consider myself lucky if Warren Buffett were my friend.
 

JEDI

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Is that all philanthropy or does it include what he gave to Melinda?
wonder how much he gave her in the divorce?
wiki doesnt say but he was worth $130B at the time of the divorce filing.

hm.. ($130B - Bill's worth at the time of their marriage)/2?
 

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