Monday, October 04, 2004 Bill Grows Up Bill Grows Up: "SAN FRANSISCO - Bill Gates may have spent the last ten years on the top of the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list--but only now has he gotten comfortable with the altitude.

Last week, at the annual luncheon of one of Silicon Valley's longest-running philanthropic organizations, the Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) chairman struck a very Carnegiesque note when he urged others to open their eyes--and their wallets--to urgent needs around them.

'We need to get this new generation drawn into philanthropy,' Gates told an audience of 1,500 Silicon Valley denizens Friday. 'I think we can draw people into being more generous,' he "

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