Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Big Bucks

TechCrunch has culled the 29 technology moguls from the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. These 29 have a combined net worth of $239 billion, about enough to give $35 to every person in the world! Bill Gates alone could give everybody about eight bucks! He could say "Hey, earth! Let's go to Starbucks. It's on me." And he'd still have enough left to go shoe shopping with Jerry Seinfeld.

Of the top 7 spots, three are Microsoft dudes, and two are Googles. These 7 are are each worth $15 billion or more. Then we drop to Jeff Bezos of, with a paltry $8.7 billion. He'd better start selling more Kindles.

Steve Jobs has only about one tenth the wealth of Bill Gates. On the other hand, he's got Mickey Mouse.

So what's the point of all this? No idea. I just thought it was amusing.

But in closing, let me say that I invite anyone from the TechCrunch 29, or indeed the whole Forbes 400, to give me a billion dollars. Bill Gates wouldn't even miss that much. Or you could all chip in. If the whole Forbes 400 ponies up, it's only a measly 2.5 million each. That's chump change to you!

In return, I promise to dedicate my writing to the benefit of all humankind!

Think about it. I take Paypal.

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