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Wired: Gates is a saint, Jobs a sinner

updated 03:45 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2006

Apple CEO a sinner

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is undeserving of his "saintly" reputation, while Microsoft CEO Bill Gates deserves recognition for his generosity, according to a Wired News columnist. Speaking out against Jobs, Leander Kahney says that the Apple CEO is "nothing more than a greedy capitalist who's amassed an obscene fortune. It's shameful. In almost every way, Gates is much more deserving of Jobs' rock star exaltation." The columnist cites the fact that Gates has spoken out on major policy issues and publicly donated to charitable funds, "throwing billions of dollars at solving global health problems." Steve Jobs, on the other hand, does not speak out publicly on behalf of important social issues, nor do he or his wife appear on any charitable contribution lists "of note."

Disney recently announced that it will acquire animation giant and long-time partner Pixar for $7.4 billion in stock, which promises to line Jobs pockets with over $3.4 billion from Pixar shares alone. The acquisition will make Jobs the largest Disney shareholder, with seven percent of the company's total stock.

In addition, Jobs will soon be able to cash in on more than $800 million from the restricted Apple stock grant he received in 2003, at which time it was considered "worthless."

by MacNN Staff





  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The lunatics are sure coming out today. Can't wait to see what is next...

  1. gregarios

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Health Problems...

    Bill Gates IS a "global health problem!"

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Duck Leander ..

    .. here come the tomatoes

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    Let's see Bill Gates help out people he put out of work in North American.

    The rich often pick popular causes to earn praise from the world but I don't see them helping the disadvantaged in their local community.

    The reason for this? Not enough press.

  1. zenga

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bill Gates a SAINT?

    ...exactly how did this man get a fortune so big that can throw away... PRAYING?

    give me a break!

  1. jogdish

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't really think that they can be compared, especially financially. Gates has billions of dollars to his name, Jobs substantially less. People were riding Gates for years about how much money he accumulated and was giving very little of it away. It was only when he accumulated around 20 billion that he began giving large sums of money away. So, if you look at the point where each individual became a philanthropist, Jobs cannot be compared to Gates because he has not reached the 20 billion dollar mark.

    As far as politics go, I am glad that Jobs keeps his mouth shut. He is a CEO not a politician or political analyst. I am always amazed at how much attention we give people who speak out on social issues when their only qualification backing up thier words is their large sums of money. These days education or experience do not count, only the amount of money someone has accumulated qualifies them to speak up politically.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the fact that Wee Billy G made all these billions of dollars that he's now giving away by being an evil, cut-throat, raper and pillager of all things computer related makes it all okay? (And let's not forget the whole convicted of being a monopoly thing...)

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and to many Saddam Hussein and Hitler were saints as well.

  1. ElDiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Boo hoo...

    Someone's got a lot of money and they're keeping it. Might as well call him "criminal."

    ...which, exactly, of the world's problems has Gates solved by simply throwing money at it? I seem to have forgotten...

    Speaking out about issues and actually getting actively involved in solving issues are two completely different things. Speaking out does nothing. "Raising awareness" is a cop-out -- it's what people do when they don't want to actually do the dirty work concerning the issue. Starving people in Ethiopia? Let's "raise awareness" so that the people whose awareness has been raised can fly over there and dodge bullets and lions and camp in the desert trying to fix the problem while I sit here, lazily making speeches. It's a cop-out. Talking about a problem does nothing.

    So... how exactly has Bill Gates done a damn thing to solve the world's problems? And how exactly is Steve Jobs a "sinner" for being smart enough to fool every idiot in the world into buying an iPod and making him rich?

  1. Rincewind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Saint v Sinner

    Neither are perfect, and neither deserve to be called a saint or a sinner. Gates is nearly universally disliked for the dominant software platform that he helped create, but he gives to charity. Jobs is revered for the alternative that he's marketed, which inspired Windows, and which he neither created nor had as a truly original idea (Xerox Parc is closer to the original idea). Calling either a Saint or a Sinner is pointless, as they have both done things that are both good and bad.

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