The issue: Rich and famous honored for stepping up and making a difference
Our view: High-profile efforts are creating a long overdue sense of urgency for helping the poor in developing nations.
Amid so many stories of selfish politicians and movie stars, it was refreshing to see three of the world's richest and most powerful people gain recognition for something besides their latest for-profit venture.
Time Magazine recently named U2 singer Bono, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda as its persons of the year. But the award wasn't for creating great music or the next “killer” software application; it was for how they've chosen to use their billions and their success to change the world, particularly the world outside the United States where unprecedented human suffering goes on with little or no interest from those who could help.