Separate windows – Huge donors differ

Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen different interests are represented by the charitable organizations and initiatives, which they support, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Nov. 18.

Both men, who are listed at the top of Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest individuals, have established their own charitable foundations.

With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has supported immunization programs in Africa, school improvements in the U.S. and scholarships throughout the world.

With an endowment of $22 billion, the foundation is the world’s richest.

Paul Allen, who left Microsoft in 1983, also has given millions to medical research, education and other mainstream causes.

Yet, some of Allen’s major donations are much more dramatic. The Paul G. Allen Foundation recently funded the creation of the Experience Music Project, an interactive music museum in Seattle that is run as a nonprofit organization.

Allen also donated $11.5 million to the SETI Institute to build telescopes, which will search for signs of alien life.

Gates and Allen do share some philanthropic interests. The two men joined together this year to fund the construction of a new man building for the Seattle Public Library.

For full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

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