Check out this great piece from last year on Bill Gates and his foundation's work around the world, particularly with the problem of malaria: http://www.michaelspecter.com/ny/2005/2005_10_24_gates.html
Seems particularly relevant given his recent announcement of priority shifts. As many of you know, I'm mostly a fan of his - I think his business acumen is terrific and he's built a terrific company. It shocks me how many people can take his announcement and bash him for being self-serving when he's devoting all of his time and much of his money to incredibly important and underserved causes. Not only that, he's bringing an extremely effective mindset to it in order to be as effective as possible. How is this bad? *sigh* I suppose that the truth is that many people can't help but bash the leaders, no matter what they do. That's pretty sad.