Most people have heard about Microsoft deciding to return $75 billion USD back to shareholders via dividends and a one off payment of $3 per share. That is pretty cool ... and i am quite proud to be working for a company who is willing to do these sorts of things.
What most people dont know (or dont mention) is that BillG is giving his $3.3 billion dollars that he will get from the $3 / share to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. This then is used for great technology giving programs and fighting diseases around the globe.
Who says he is a horrible and evil person? There are not many people that give this sort of money away and for the most part Bills contributions go un-noticed. Shame really.