Start a foundation, avoid being seen as a greedy pig.
This is the point of Saturday's Dealbook column, which was headlined "How to Show That You're no Gordon Gekko" and opened with this paragraph:
"...the Blackstone Group’s 221-page-thick prospectus [contains] an unusual paragraph: The firm says it plans to start a charitable foundation.The prospectus says that the partners will contribute as much as $150 million of their equity to the foundation, which “is being established to support charitable organizations in the communities in which we operate and worthy charitable organizations with which our employees are personally involved...
Skeptics, of course, will say that the new foundation is simply about “optics” — or worse, a clever way for its partners to offset their tax gains from the I.P.O.But it’s hard to criticize people for giving away money. And, frankly, the industry needs all the image-polishing help it can get.”
Is it really possible to see the intended foundation as anything but an "optical" rounding error?