Bill Gates is the second richest man in the world, surpassed only by Warren Buffet.
Just for laughs, you all might enjoy reading the joke about Microsoft aquiring the Catholic Church at http://www.april-fools.us/microsoft-cath…
Catholic church obviously had the ‘head start’ long before Microsoft.
Impossible to say. The Catholic church as an ancient organization, can’t possibly put a price tag on some of its art, buildings, land, etc.
Both are worth billions.
I’m going to say the Catholic church hedges out Microsoft, simply due to sheer numbers of buildings, land, Hospitals, Schools, etc.
The Catholic Church is a functioning organization that needs money to operate. She has properties, artifacts, priceless art, etc. that all come together as part of the net worth. No one knows for sure how much that is.. not even the Church itself.
In order for the Catholic Church to do all the good it does, it needs money to operate. If the Church were to sell everything, the money would run out and the Church would not be able to continue all the schools, hospitals and charities it currently runs.
The Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday, at cost to the Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Needless to say, that Catholic education at this time stands head and shoulders above every other form of education that we have in this country. And the cost is approximately 30% less.
Catholic schools graduate 89% of students. Those graduates in turn go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, and all at a cost to the Catholic Church. To the rest of the America it’s free.
It costs Catholics at least 30% less to educate students compared to the costs that the public education system pays out for education that cannot compare.
The Catholic Church thas 230 colleges and universities in the United States with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non profit hospital system of 637 hospitals which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people not just Catholics in the, United States today.
The Catholic Church clothes and feeds and houses 1 of 5 indigents in the United States, and no one asks them if they are a Catholic, a Protestant or a Jew; just “come, be fed, here’s a sweater for you and a place to sleep at night” at a cost to the Church of 2.3 billion dollars a year.
The Catholic Church today has 64 million members in the United States and is the largest non-governmental agency in the country. It has 20,000 churches in this country alone. Every year they raise approximately $10 billion to help support these agencies.
Bill gates of course the catholic church is not a private corporate organization but rather like most churches even protestant ones a organization non profit that is also a small country of delegates And dignitaries
Impossible to tell.
The mission of the Catholic Church is to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God begun by Jesus Christ among all peoples. The Church endeavors to save souls.
Keeping the priceless art available at the Vatican in trust for all mankind to come, see, and inspire belief in the Kingdom of God is part of this mission.
The Church might be able to raise a couple of billion dollars by selling everything but that would soon be gone and the world would not be much better off. Especially if mankind does not change for the better.
Both the Old and New Testament says that it is the mission of all mankind (including you and me) to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. It is our job to stop poverty and create justice and peace.
If every human being on the planet gave $10 then $60 billion would be raised.
If the one billion people in the richest countries gave one $100 each then $100 billion would be raised.
Not only do these riches make the Vatican art collections look paltry, this is only a fraction of what can really be raised if people got their priorities straight.
You and I and the rest of humanity can do much much more to “help people” than the Vatican can all by itself.
We need to stop making excuses for our selfishness by pushing the blame on to the Catholic Church.
By the way, the Catholic Charities worldwide distribute billions of dollars in goods and services each year to the needy and have been doing so for well over a thousand years.
Oh, and lets not forget that the Vatican has the ultimate responsibility for the lifelong support of over 400,000 priests, over 54,000 religious brothers, and over 760,000 religious sisters worldwide. http://cara.georgetown.edu/bulletin/inde…
With love in Christ.
Naturally, it is the U.S.A.
GM kicks Microsoft’s butt (of course). In fact, Microsoft doesn’t even make the list. Exxon is probably topping GM now (the list is from 2000).
Given the sheer amount of land owned by the Catholic Church, I think they win.
Catholic Church – hands down.
Microsoft pays taxes they do not steal