Re: still better at making it than giving it away
He's doing a pretty good of trying though:
Through the Gates Foundation: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ he is spearheading the campaign to eradicate Polio from the planet. That's a pretty good use of billions of dollars, IMHO.
This is a must read, if you are in any way interested in philanthropy: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/
I used to despise Gates, and Microsoft. Now it's just one of them. You can probably guess which.