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Steve Jobs' 'curious' lack of public philanthropy
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett make a point of giving away most of their wealth. Should the Apple founder be criticized for not doing the same?
 
Steve Jobs may have contributed many great ideas to the tech world, but he hasn't given quite so generously when it comes to charitable organizations.
Steve Jobs may have contributed many great ideas to the tech world, but he hasn't given quite so generously when it comes to charitable organizations.
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After Steve Jobs stepped down last month, the media were quick to lionize the Apple legend for his numerous achievements and innovations. Still, an awkward question about Jobs lingers: Why hasn't he given away more money? Jobs has not signed the "Giving Pledge," created by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to encourage the super-rich to donate at least half of their wealth to worthy causes. He hasn't launched a charitable organization like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And Jobs hasn't made a big public donation, as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg did when he when gave $100 million to Newark, N.J.'s schools last year. Should Jobs be criticized for his lack of public philanthropy?

It is fair to ask this question: Jobs's lack of public giving is "curious," says Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times. It's possible that Jobs has given privately and quietly. And he has certainly contributed to society with his technological innovations. But the absence of public charity raises some important questions about why "some 'millionaires and billionaires' are criticized for not giving back enough while others like Mr. Jobs are lionized."
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It is time the Apple founder gave back: Jobs is worth more than $8 billion, says Adam Doree at The Huffington Post, yet he has "steadfastly" refused to donate money to worthy causes, and even stopped all of Apple's philanthropy programs. This isn't so much about "do-goodery" as it is his legacy. How does Jobs want to be remembered? It's time he added charity to his long lists of accomplishments.
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But he already has given back: Jobs and Apple have already made a "serious and significant" contribution to the needy in Africa by participating in the (Product)RED program, says Bono in a letter to The New York Times. "Apple has been (RED)'s largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria — giving tens of millions of dollars that have transformed the lives of more than 2 million Africans." Jobs is a very private person, and a very busy one, but that doesn't mean he lacks generosity.
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