Well, some are. But the list of the top 15 donors of 2006 includes only one person from the world of technology — and an unlikely one — Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
Warren Buffett’s record $31 billion donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation enormously expanded the pool of charitable giving in the U.S. last year. The top 15 charitable gifts totaled $35 billion in 2006, this story points out. Last year that figure was only $2 billion.
Besides Buffett, more people donated amounts exceeding $100 million than ever before. The top donors made their fortunes in real estate and financial services.
As for Ellison, who has a reputation for stinginess despite his $16 billion estimated net worth, the donation went to his Ellison Medical Foundation, not to, ah, Harvard.
Ellison pledged to donate to charity to settle a lawsuit against him.
But hey it’s not the amount of money that should be measured, Ellison says, it’s the results. Maybe his medical foundation will find a cure for dementia before he changes his mind again.