Malcolm Gladwell just went nuts on a Wall Street billionaire's $400 million donation to Harvard
In case you missed it, a Wall Street billionaire donated $400 million to Harvard on Wednesday. That donation, by hedge fund manager John Paulson, was Harvard's largest gift of all time and added to Harvard's already mammoth $36.4 billion endowment.
Never one to mince words, famed author Malcolm Gladwell pounced on the news on Twitter, insinuating that Paulson's money could have been put to better use.
Next up for John Paulson: volunteering at the Hermes store on Madison avenue. Let's make this a truly world class retail outlet!- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
Working the coat check at Art basel. They're short staffed!- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
If billionaires don't step up, Harvard will soon be down to its last $30 billion.- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
Apparently $200 mil is earmarked for a satellite campus on St Barts.- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
It's going to be named the John Paulson School of Financial Engineering- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
Harvard's pitch to Paulson: not all privileged people are equally privileged!- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
Paulson to Harvard: is there a way to give back without actually giving anything back?- Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015
Gladwell is no stranger to conversations about social science and the way people interact with the world around them, and has been lauded as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. He also has a number of critics who accuse him of oversimplification of ideas - which may be how some people view his tweets.
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