Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Only the biggest mountains matter

History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme

From Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy

So your company has changed the world we live in and your bank balance is worth, well, more than the bank. You think that all your ambitions have been accomplished until you realise the greatest challenges lie ahead.

Having witnessed the proud legacy of history’s superrich, today’s billionaires are emulating and indeed are surpassing the example set by the Carnegies and Rockefellers. Those who have amassed unfathomable fortunes in just a couple of decades or even a few years are keen to leave a mark that benefits generations. The challenges that they are choosing to focus on are as diverse as they are intimidating.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have set there sights on global health. The richest couple in the world are channelling their funds in order to close the gap between the amount of health care that the poorest in Africa receive – close to zero – and that amount we in the western world benefits from.

Warren Buffet, the investment champion of the universe, having conquered the stock market many times over is taking aim at reducing the world’s nuclear armaments.

The man whose work enshrined a little known law which dictates the speed at which the computer world advances, Gordon Moore, founder of Intel is tackling environmental conservation. (Moore’s law states that global computing power doubles approximately every 18 months – good news if your selling the computer components!).

George Soros, the stock market and currency speculating genius, has helped foster open democracy for decades. Having helped those on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain throw off the Soviet shackles he continues to work towards a fairer society globally.

The longed-for tidal wace of justice is the subject of this blog.


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