“In his New York Times column today, ‘The Mystery of Steve Jobs’s Public Giving,’ Andrew Ross Sorkin shines a spotlight on the fact that the former Apple CEO and Forbes billionaire has never been public about his philanthropy,” Deborah L. Jacobs reports for Forbes. “He briefly considers, though seems to dismiss, the possibility that Jobs has been an anonymous donor.”
“Sorkin does an admirable job of marshaling the evidence that Jobs has devoted much more energy to building wealth than to sharing it,” Jacobs writes. “But whether Jobs has been charitable or not, what he does with his money is his choice. And he has the right to remain silent about it.”
Jacobs writes, “As Sorkin notes, there has been speculation that an anonymous $150 million donation to the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of, California, San Francisco, came from Jobs. His lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer would certainly make him what fundraisers call ‘a grateful patient.’ …If he has given generously and anonymously during his life – or plans to through his estate plan – I hope he makes sure we will never find out about it.”
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MacDailyNews Take: People who question other whether others are giving to charity are uncouth and classless. Charity does’t have to come with a press release and a photo op. Mind your own business, Mr. Sorkin.
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