Most billionaires make efforts to build their fortunes. With the money they earn, they can buy large homes, expensive cars, and private airplanes. But even after spending millions of dollars, they still have huge amounts of money. What do they do with it?
Charity has always been an option. About 100 years ago, Andrew Carnegie, the world's richest man at the time, gave away most of his money. His gifts went to thousands of libraries, schools, and other groups. Another big giver of the past century was John D. Rockefeller. He donates money to hospitals, universities, and other charities.
In recent years, we've seen a new group of super givers. At the top of the list is Bill Gates. In 1994，using money from his Microsoft fortune, he set up the William & Melinda Gates Foundation.The foundation first helped US libraries get connected to the Internet. Then, it turned to fighting diseases like AIDS and malaria in poor countries. From 1994 to 2007, the foundation gave away more than $13 billion.
In 2006, Warren Buffet announced that he too was giving away most of his money. With a fortune of more than $40 billion, Buffet admired what Bill and Melinda Gates were doing. So, under Buffet's plan, 5/6 of the money that he is donating will go to the Gates Foundation.
Will more of the rich become philanthropists? There is some doubt. Every year; Forbes magazine puts out a list of the world's richest people. Some people believe that billionaires care about their '
place of the list. To keep a high spot, they may hold onto their money. However, with the recent donations of Gates and others, that trend may start to turn around. More wealthy people may try for a high spot on the list of super givers.
【題組】49. What is the article mainly about?
(A) The influence of the Forbes list on charity donations
(B) The differences between past and present givers
(C) The best ways to donate large amounts of money
(D) The generous actions of very rich philanthropists