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Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2005
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Reputation Quotient review Person of the Year for 2005 - Bono, Melinda Gates & Bill Gates

Time magazine has released what it considers to be the "Person of the Year" for 2005, or more accurately, the people of the year for 2005. This year it is the "good Samaritans" that have stole the spotlight, with Bono the Irish pop singer of the U2 group, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda Gates being chosen for their charitable works.

They're an unlikely combination to be given the honor of "person of the year" from the Time magazine, with the world's richest man Bill Gates often appearing in the news for his ruthless business actions, and Bono heading one of the most famous pop/rock bands in the world. But it's not their talent in selling software or CDs that is being recognized, it is their commitment to changing the world and trying to make it a better place for everyone.

When Bono is not strutting his stuff on stage with the pop group U2 or releasing best selling CDs he is fighting against world poverty. He is a passionate activist and has done much for increasing public awareness of the daily injustices and poverty throughout countries like Africa. Bono cofounded the DATA organization (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) in 2002 with an aim to increase the awareness of and inspire others to take action against poverty and the AIDS crisis in Africa. It's a strange combination of pop fame and philanthropic activism that Bono seems to meld with ease.

"It's tricky if you're recording a vocal to get called out because there's a finance minister on the phone. It's hard explaining that to the rest of the band. I've got to be careful because music is what's given me the license, and I have to serve it. I have crossed that line and gone too far. I'm trying to figure this out as we speak. It's not easy." Bono commenting on his combination of music and his activism work.

The billionaire cofounder of the Microsoft software company and the richest man in the world also seems to mix two seemingly contradictory worlds. Bill Gates has been accused of using bullying tactics to grow his giant technology empire with a list of high profile lawsuits from both competitors and countries being brought against Microsoft. But the competitive businessman in Gates also seems to be an asset for his philanthropic ventures. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to improve global health and education. It is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world with an endowment of more than $28 billion and gave "more money away faster than anyone ever has" according to the Time magazine.

"World health is something where, when you first realize the situation, it's pretty stark and even a bit depressing.. just the magnitude of the inequity. But the more you work on it, you see the improvements that are taking place.. that decade by decade new medicines are getting there. Maybe not as fast as they should, but you see the trajectory." Bill Gates


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