Kevin Outterson of Boston University's School of Public Health raises the question, a little mischievously, of whether
He highlights the following quote from a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the desperate need for cholera treatment in the Third World. (The emphasis is Outterson's):
Of course, this isn't an either/or proposition. Ballmer has more than enough money to buy the Clippers and fund cholera treatment across the Third World.
To be fair, Ballmer, whose net worth is in the neighborhood of $20 billion, hasn't had much time to establish himself as a philanthropist since he announced his resignation from Microsoft last August. But his potential impact is vast: As Inside Philanthropy observed, "Ballmer's fortune is some five times greater than the assets of the Rockefeller Foundation. It's the kind of money that allows for big, bold initiatives. If the Ballmers choose to focus on children and youth, they could be one of the largest givers in that space."