Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 8 June 2013
In God we trust - all others pay cash
Bill Gates is in London right now, discussing ways of giving away $67 billion with (but hopefully not to) our beloved Prime Minister.
From being the geek's geek and nerd's nerd, Mr Gates now comes over as one of the sanest men on the planet - against all odds. Most of the super-rich spend most of their time planning dynasties which will outlive them and their children's children, knowing that - nomatter how long they live - they will never have enough time to spend even the interest on their vast fortunes, but Bill and his wife have made a decision help the children of the world, even if it is at the expense of their own.
The annual Bilderberg conference has just taken place in Watford, North London, and I don't know if Bill Gates attended it, but I really hope he did. The (allegedly, though they do have an open website) secretive and shadowy get-together of the world's most powerful people is bound to spark-off countless conspiracy theories about covert world-domination, but if I knew that the Gates' were going to be there, then I know that the agenda would be steered toward efforts to do good in the world, rather than formulating the best way of influencing politics for personal gain and the preservation of power that being so rich affords an elite few. Just one question: why Watford? Oh well, that's another thing I will probably never know.
I have spent a lot of time working for extremely wealthy people, but none have been so wealthy that they have the potential ability to alter world politics - whether they choose to or not - in the way the head of the Microsoft Corporation has. When you become that influential, your life and the lives of your entire family are at constant risk, and not only from criminal organisations, but from certain departments of international government organisations as well.
There must be a degree of self-preservation mixed in with the altruism in giving away most of a vast personal fortune - it's just not safe to be too rich. Bill Gates said in an interview today that he does not believe in down-time, though he does sleep, play tennis and read a lot of books. The irony is that he cannot afford to relax too much - yet.