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Oftentimes when you see some sort of discussion about Bill Gates, some know it all tech person (or know nothing at all average person) will go off on a rant about how greedy he is and actually attempt to provide examples. Terrible examples that try to equate concepts like competitiveness with the avarice. Let’s stop that, and here’s 10 reasons why.
1) Successful people like Gates measure themselves on a whole new level. While regular people measure themselves on staying out of debt, what kind of degree they have, or what kind of car they drive, Bill Gates is concerned with how to provide energy, resources, and valuable products to the world, in light of globally competitive economic forces. Just let that sink in.
2) He’s solving problems like how to provide clean water to starving Africans. He just funded a way for starving and poor African families to create drinkable water from poop. He is able to accomplish these things through his philanthropies, and business acumen. Really, I don’t see the greed here.
3) Other people at the top of their game don’t get called greedy. We don’t call Tom Brady or Lebron James greedy. We just call those who don’t like them “haters.” Should Tom Brady and Lebron James just let the opposing teams win because people called them “overpowered?” Let’s get real here. They are competitive, successful, and highly talented people. They aren’t the richest people because that isn’t what they are best at. If they tried to compete with Bill Gates to be the richest person in the world, they probably wouldn’t succeed. That’s just what Gates is good at. While Brady and James are rich because of sports, Gates is rich from providing tons of beneficial products and services to millions of people
4) We don’t know what he’s thinking. This argument could go both ways. None of us can understand what he’s truly thinking. Maybe deep down Gates truly is a greedy greedy guy, and my 10 reasons are all wrong. Maybe he was at one time in his younger days, but most of these well thought out points, point to him just being an incredibly successful businessman.
5) It is better for one person (who knows what he’s doing) to have 1,000,000,000 dollars than 100,000 people with 10,000. The guy knows what he’s doing. He has proved it time and time again. If Bill Gates has 1billion dollars, we can know that he will probably team up with other really rich philanthropic business people to solve the worlds problems. If 100,000 people get $10k, we have no idea what they would do with it.
Don’t get me wrong, it would be great if everyone in the world could have 1billion dollars. Although, economically, 1billion wouldn’t be worth 1billion dollars if everyone had it.
6) Preventing another massive enterprise from entering his market doesn’t really even matter to you. On one hand, you could argue that another competitor could drive his prices down for the consumer, and thus actually benefit you. Let’s be real here though, the same people calling Gates greedy aren’t even considering this factor. They’re just calling him greedy because he’s rich and he stamps out competition that isn’t fit to survive in the first place. He’s basically saving us from bad companies.
Realistically, the person sitting at home calling him greedy is thinking something along the lines of “Oh man, if Bill Gates wasn’t so greedy, I would be richer!” Fact is, if he wasn’t successful with business, it probably wouldn’t be you nor I taking his place.
7) There are plenty competitors going up against Gates companies. Arguments of him shutting down competition aren’t even really that valid. He shuts down bad competition, or competitive products from companies that aren’t ready. In fact, has plenty of competition in the market. Every tech company out there, iOS, Linux, and Google to compete with Microsoft’s Bing just to name a few. Should Microsoft stop being successful just so Linux can take a lead? Come on now…
8) Competitors aren’t unsuccessful simply from one persons avarice. If greed was the only factor in his success, competitors would have found a way to exploit it if they were that good.
9) We don’t really need more companies. Do you really want to have to choose between 50 different types of operating systems in this world? It’s difficult enough to choose a computer sometimes.
10) It took more than just Gates himself to gain the title of richest man. There were hundreds of thousands of employees, loyal fans, followers, and investors involved; along with ambition, drive, insight, and smart decisions. To just call the man greedy would be ignorant.