Bill Gates and
Warren Buffett received well-deserved ink and air time this week. Their plan to use their multibillions together to try to rid the world of many fatal diseases is heartwarming.
One of them got rich fairly quickly and easily. The other more slowly, the hard way. Comparisons:
• Gates, now 50, broke the bank as a relative kid. He founded Microsoft at age 19 and rode the high-tech boom to riches.
• Buffett, 75, formed Berkshire-Hathaway nearly 50 years ago. His fortune came steadily, but not so fast. His old-fashioned investments range from Coca-Cola and Dairy Queen to big insurance companies."