How can I be richer than Bill Gates?
Anyone’s chances of becoming as rich as or richer than Bill Gates are minuscule to none. I prefer none. So trying seems futile, an exercise in frustration, but is a nice goal for the disillusioned who think that they will invent the next big thing or inherit Saudi Arabia.
People who want to be as rich as or richer than Bill have fallen for THE BIG LIE that money buys happiness. If that were true, the glamour-grabbing hotshots in Hollywood would be the happiest folks in America. Instead, beneath their frozen smiles they suffer from shallow relationships and the angst of divorce and musical beds. Another misguided reason to be as rich as or richer than Bill is egomania, or the rush to be the one and only, aka unique, to have the superlative-est after some word that describes you, a word like richest. I prefer friendliest.
If you want a role model for super rich, let it be Warren Buffet. He seems to be the happiest billionaire — did you ever see him when he’s not smiling? He’s surely the wittiest — have you read the annual reports of his company that he writes himself? And he is the humblest — he has lived in his modest family home for years and still drives himself to work.
Neither Bill nor Warren can buy any more or better clothing, housing, hot cars, medical care or the things that really count such as friendship, contentment, or love than millions of other people.
I love and applaud Bill Gates and his wife for their charitable works around the world. They will, I hear, soon be the world’s first trillionaires. Their fortune is too big to stagnate, and his wife and father, custodians of the Gates trust, give it away to select groups that they feel will improve the human condition. My thanks to them.