Steve Jobs – The Greatest Philanthropist

The word Philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos which comes from philein for “to love” and anthropos for “human being.”

Philanthropy means love of humanity.

Which bring us to Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs has been declared as : The Entrepreneur of the Decade, The CEO of the Decade and Now The Philanthropist of the Decade.

Like the other billionaires , Jobs tend to give his billions away to serve the community. In 1986, he started up a public foundation, but closed it after 15 months. This is mainly because Jobs acknowledged that it takes enormous time to give money away. He clearly don’t have much time on that.

However, Jobs figures he can do more good by expanding Apple !  Guess what peeps, we suppose to thank God for that!

What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his life to figuring out how to give his billions away, instead of doing what he does best.

We’d still be waiting for a cell phone on which we could actually read e-mail and surf the web. “We” includes students, doctors, nurses, aid workers, charity leaders, social workers, and so fort.

We’d be a decade or more away from the iPad, which has ushered in an era of reading electronically that promises to save a Forest worth of trees and all of the energy associated with trucking them around. That’s just the beginning. iPad had even enhanced the creativity of kids.

And you can’t say someone else would have developed these things. No one until Jobs did, and the competitive devices that have come since have taken the entirety of their inspiration from his creation. Without Steve Jobs we’d be years away from a user-friendly mechanism for getting digital music, which means we’d still be producing hundreds of millions of CDs with plastic cases.

What’s important is how we use our time on this earth, not how conspicuously we give our money away.

On these scores, the world has no greater philanthropist than Steve Jobs. If ever a man contributed to humanity, here he is. And he has done it while battling cancer. Just because Jobs has been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he has not been thinking about  humanity. Steve Jobs has traded his time for human progress. Not for personal pleasure.

Today, The Philanthropist of the Decade – Steve Jobs were Dead at the Age of 56. Our hearts go out to Jobs and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts. May him Rest In Peace ..

Gates : “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

 

A statement from Jobs’ family reads, in full:

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

 

Source : Harvard Business Review

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Posted on October 6, 2011, in People. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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