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BILLIONAIRES CORNER: BILL GATES

BILLIONAIRES CORNER: BILL GATES

BILLIONAIRES CORNER: BILL GATES

For 18 of the past 24 years, Bill Gates has topped Forbes’ annual list of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. While that alone does not necessarily make Gates worth listening to, it does inspire curiosity about how someone so accomplished views the world. This year Gates tops the list with a net worth of $110 billion, followed closely by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at $108 billion. Gates, 64, is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft, but currently identifies as the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the largest private foundation in the world. The foundation exists to enhance healthcare and alleviate poverty around the world, and in the U.S. to improve education and expand access to technology. With those lofty goals in mind, here is what Gates has to say about the issues of the day:

About the importance of teachers:
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

About effective leadership:
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

About charitable giving:
“The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.”

About finding and following your passion:
“Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it ‘tap-dancing to work.’”

About wealth:
“I can understand wanting millions of dollars; there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom that comes with that. But once you get much past that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.”

About success:
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

About globalism:
“I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don’t just think, ‘Yes, my country is doing well,’ but you think about the world at large.”

About self-image:
“Don’t compare yourself
with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

Along with several other billionaires, Bill and Melinda Gates signed “The Giving Pledge,” which is a commitment to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

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