Originally Posted by Apple ][
I'm not diminishing what Woz has accomplished in the past, but numbers 2 - 6 require zero talent or effort in my opinion. Anybody with money can accomplish those. Of course, he had the talent to acquire that money in the first place, but somebody just giving away money or donating money is not impressive in my view and pales in comparison to the actual work that he did when he was still involved in the tech business.
Exactly... they require no talent -- but a broader [and quite possibly, better] interest in mankind than just making money and persuing technology.
When Apple went public, AIR, Jobs sold few if any of his 1/3 of AAPL. AIR, Woz sold more than 1/2 of his 1/3 of AAPL. Woz bought some toys, certainly -- but he immediately took care of his family (who were upper middle class). He didn't need to do that -- nor make any of his other humanitarian investments -- but he did.
A few of us figured that Woz "gave away" 1/2 his fortune while Jobs retained nearly 100% of his.
The question is: How much money do you need before you become a benefactor?
No one should attempt to minimize Jobs' contributions... nor should they, Woz'.
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