The Orange County (CA) Register
features billionaire stamp collector Bill Gross (shown above) in an article by reporter Elizabeth Held.
According to Elizabeth, "Gross said he can't imagine not having his collection nearby. Many stamp
collectors keep their albums locked in a vault, but “there's no fun in
that,” he said.
“Why would you want to have a kid and keep them in a
room that you can only visit once every three or four months?,” Gross is quoted as saying.
Elizabeth pens "Gross, the lead donor, gave $10 million to the Smithsonian Institution
to help establish the gallery. He also lent the institution three of his
rarest stamps for display. He wants to inspire future generations of
stamp collectors and remind people of the unique history the stamps
She goes on to say, "Gross also offered organizers an idea they took up. He wanted gallery
visitors to be able to start their own stamp collections on the spot. In
the middle of the gallery, visitors find a table with baskets filled
with stamps. They are invited to take home six stamps to start their
For more on this story along with some photos of items in his collection, click here.