Maybe not. This story from NPR proves there are still people around who are out to make a living, but not a killing. I’m guessing he’s at least as happy as any billionaire out there, because he’s helping people hear and see. “Empathetic capitalism” is what he calls his mission and it’s about time somebody stood up for a concept like that.
Before I direct you to the short NPR piece from last week, take a look at some content. Mr. Green helped create organizations that do things like this:
Aravind does more than 300,000 cataract surgeries a year. And through Aurolab, Green helped drive down the price of the lenses from several hundred dollars apiece to $2 now. Aurolab’s lenses have helped millions of people regain their sight.
“My competitive juices get flowing when I start to think about a big, $4 billion medical device company and how I’m going to beat them,” Green says. “How do we make sight and hearing or even life itself affordable to poor people?”
So what’s Green’s payoff? As a more traditional entrepreneur in the medical sphere he could be making millions. He says he’s happy making between $100,000 and $200,000 a year. He says most of his rewards can’t be put in a bank account.
“When I think of Aurolab, I think they have helped something like 18 million people see to date,” he says. “And so that’s what I have. And of course that’s something I really can’t put in my pocket, but maybe from a karmic point of view, that’s money in the bank. I don’t know. I hope so.”
Obama should look this guy up. He and people like him could make Obamacare work in a BIG way! People like Bill Frist can just eat their hearts out.
Here’s the link to the audio and transcript.
By the way, Mr. Green; please watch your back.