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"Strange"- How 15 Tech Tycoons Spend Their Fortunes

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 21 January 2013, 13:31 Hrs
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#14 Bill Gates: High-tech toilets

You identify this Microsoft co-founder with the charity organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates' Giving Pledge, one of the Bill’s charity organizations that ask billionaires to pledge at least half their wealth to charity, and bunch of others that work towards betterment of humans around the world.

No doubt that he had already spent billions of dollars for his philanthropic activities but he is in this list for a different reason. His foundation sponsored a "Reinvent the Toilet" fair where Gates himself judged the entries and announced the winners. He was looking for methods "for capturing and processing human waste and transforming it into useful resources," Gates said in a blog post announcing the winners.

#13 Paul Allen: Brain research, sports teams, and collectibles

Paul Allen, another cofounder of Microsoft and a billionaire, has long list of pet projects that includes owning multiple pro sports teams, building a rock-and-roll museum, collecting vintage WWII planes and more. But then he’s actively involved with solving diseases like Alzheimer's, which his mother suffered from. He's invested a half billion dollars into the Allen Institute for Brain Science for this purpose. Another goal of the institute is to replicate the brain and build machines with human intelligence.

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