vendredi 4 mars 2005

An idea for Mr and Ms Bill Gates

The king of computer software Bill Gates has received an honorary knighthood from the Queen,
as the BBC news web site put it.

This is to honour the action of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that has hugely invested in research for an Aids vaccine and is currently working on a global health programme in the developing world. The Foundation is also "committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate as strong citizens ready for college and work" and has established a scholarship scheme to enable the brightest students to go to Cambridge University.

At some point in the day, Melinda Gates said on TV that "the world would be much better if people gave their money away".
This is a very accurate statement.

So, may I suggest an idea to Bill and Melinda?

Since there is a widespread concern about Microsoft's dominant position in software, why Bill and Melinda would not give away their company to the rest of the world?

I even have an idea about how we could manage this so that Bill (and Melinda) get rewarded for all the work they have accomplished. In each country of the planet, an users association would be established to buy the shares of the Microsoft company (for instance in proportion to its population). Thanks to this scheme, Microsoft would become the people company. And Bill and Melinda, being much richer, could give away more money to the developing countries.

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