New Bill Gates interview: "Legacy is a stupid thing! I don't want a legacy."

New Bill Gates interview: "Legacy is a stupid thing! I don't want a legacy."

Summary: A new interview with Bill Gates has been posted online, and it's amazingly revealing. You don't want to miss this one!

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In a rare and revealing new interview with Bill Gates, Gates discusses such topics as what he plans to do with his billions of dollars; if he ever plans to lead Microsoft again; his friendship with people like Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bono; his plans to change the world through his philanthropy; his 85 year-old father who shows up for work every day at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; his view on his "legacy," and MUCH more.

With so much information to behold in the new interview, I've decided to post a collection of 10 facts/passages from the interview. While some of what the interview covers may not be anything new for those of us who keep up with his affairs these days, this interview has shown that there is plenty none of us are aware of. And now, in no particular order of importance:

  • Bill Gates is friends with Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bono from U2. Oprah and Bill meet regularly and she has discussed signing his "Giving Pledge" to donate the bulk of her $2.7 billion estate to charity. Also, before Zuckerberg made his decision to donate $100 million to New Jersey schools, he approached Bill for advice on how to see his philanthropic endeavors through.
  • Bill Gates has confirmed that he plans to give his children a "minuscule" amount of his fortune. To quote: "They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work."
  • When asked if he would ever consider returning to the helm at Microsoft, Bill said no. To quote: His primary focus is his foundation's work.
  • Bill Gates' foundation has assets worth $37.1 billion. Warren Buffett has contributed shares, but despite the figures, Bill's plans are to give it all away.
  • On Monday in London, the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which Gates co-founded in 2000) will kick off and Bill is expected to announce the successful raising of $3.7 billion to vaccinate 243 million children in the world’s poorest countries against illnesses such as pneumonia and measles. The hope is to save four million lives over the next four years.
  • Bill's 85 year-old father, Bill Sr, is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and shows up to work on a daily basis. He played an integral role in the early underpinnings of the foundation by sending Bill "begging letters" that requested monies for what he considered to be worthy causes. Bill would write the checks and his father would send them out with brief notes included.
  • Contained in a letter to Melinda Gates, Bill's late mother, Mary Gates, sagaciously wrote, "From those to whom much is given, much is expected." Gates decided that vaccinating the world’s disadvantaged is a cost-effective, simple way to help the very poor.
  • Bill feels that speech and voice recognition are the next big thing.
  • When asked why he's not interested in investing into cures for cancer, Bill replied, "the world is putting massive amounts into cancer, so my wealth would have had a meaningless impact on that."
  • Windows and Office are the only two products in the world that have over a billion users.

One of the things I like the most about the article is that we get to see a human side of Bill Gates; specifically, when he talks about his family and the fact that the five of them go places in a minivan.

Bill Gates in a minivan. Awesome.

But there is plenty more, such as when he's asked if he has bought his children any Apple devices, like an iPod or iPad. The response is priceless and nothing short of what one would expect from the former CEO of Microsoft.

So even if you've been around through the highs and lows of Microsoft and all the crass decisions Bill Gates has been accused of making where destroying businesses is concerned, I highly recommend reading the interview in its entirety. Past endeavors aside, Bill is a man on a completely different and worthy mission these days: to use his wealth to influence the least of fortunate locations in the world in infinitely positive ways.

Now, I'd like to close with a passage from the article when he was asked about his "legacy." To quote:

"That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard!

"Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy. If people look and see that childhood deaths dropped from nine million a year to four million because of our investment, then wow! I liken what I’m doing now to my old job. I worked with a lot of smart people; some things went well, some didn’t go so well. But when you see how what we did ended up empowering people, it’s a very cool thing.

"I want a malaria vaccine. If we get one then we’ll have to find the money to give it to everyone, but the impact would be so huge we would find a way. Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied. What I’m doing now involves understanding maths, risk-taking. The first half of my life was good preparation for the second half."

Source: Bill Gates... A rare and remarkable interview with the world's second richest man

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  • What Gates does is really good indeed, except for his back-up for Monsanto

    Gates pushes their GMO everywhere as solution for hunger.

    Monsanto is highly controversial with its global monopolization tactics (not unfamiliar to Gates, whose company is serially convicted antimonopoly laws abuser) that made countless farmers worldwide bankrupt and many killing themselves because of debt.<br><br>GMO seeds grow, but these are unable to be reused, they are infertile, so once farmers get the crops, nothing will grow in the place unless farmer will buy Monsanto's seeds for the seeding season, too. Farmers' natural seeds are long time gone by this point. And if something went wrong with Monsanto's seeds and the crops were not big enough, farmers are basically doomed: they do not have money for new Monsanto GMO seeds, and they can not use the amount they grew last time since that soya/millet/etc is infertile.<br><br>And GMO seeds pollute surrounding area, too -- making more infertile lands around and allowing Monsanto accusing neighbour farmers of theft of their patented IP.<br><br>Also, long-standing consequences of GMO on human is not really researched. And, evolutionary changes in both plant pests and aggressive weeds are already detected. Monsanto's GMO-soya and GMO-millet, despite all the poisonous alien genes inserted in them, might end-up useless, and, in some cases, even more vulnerable under attack of customized nature, than original, almost non-existing already (in many territories) soya and millet.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

      @DeRSSS

      Without them there would not be enough food for everyone.

      It's that simple.
      bannedagain
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @bannedagain

        Nonsense.
        toadlife
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        Wow, just think. Without Bill Gates, I'd starve!

        lol...
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @bannedagain WITH them there may eventually be not enough food for everyone. Also, it is great that Bill Gates aims to eventually give it all to worthwhile causes ... but I hope someone gets the message to him that immunisation/vaccination is not praised by all scientists. There are many well educated folk who are coming to the view that the whole vaccination thing is not good science and may be adding to sickness in this world.
        Integratefulness
    • If you could provide links to your claims

      @DeRSSS

      [i]Monsanto is highly controversial with its global monopolization tactics (not unfamiliar to Gates, whose company is serially convicted antimonopoly laws abuser) that made countless farmers worldwide bankrupt and many killing themselves because of debt.[/i]

      I have found no legitimate records to back up your claims.

      :|
      Tim Cook
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Mister Spock

        Watch the documentary Food Inc.
        toadlife
      • Watch a single documentary?

        I fear the argument based from a single source.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • @toadlife: The Docu-drama &quot;Food Inc&quot; is loosely based on facts.

        @Mister Spock

        Very loosely.

        It takes a highly biased view of things and I found it laughable having grown up in (and still friends with many people) in the Food crowing industry.
        Bruizer
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Mister Spock

        Monsanto has had a long, sleazy history.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto

        The government should have broken them up years ago.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Mister Spock

        Wow - Seriously? How anyone in this Information Age cannot understand that Monsanto is one of the biggest predators / threats to American "family farming" and the world food supply is...well...even more of a problem than Monsanto itself.
        kevinml
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Mister Spock
        Yes! This person sounds like a tool and a fool!
        eargasm
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        Hear! Hear!

        @Mister Spock says it's so that must make it so!

        Pointy-eared space aliens never lie! Never!

        lol... :D
        blind obedience
    • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

      @DeRSSS<br>While there are problems with Monsanto's business model; stating that it will result in farmer's being unable to replant with the seeds they used to use fly's in the face of know fact. To wit; the repository of the world's seeds stored at freezing temperatures in the recognition that something could go wrong and those original seeds from which hybrids were developed would be needed so the world could start over if a disaster ever occurred to our present or future crops. In addition, seeds do not make land infertile. They can cause ecological damage, including replacing present plants with unintended hybrids that are infertile. But they do not render land infertile.
      shanedr
    • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

      @DeRSSS It is great that Bill Gates aims to eventually give it all to worthwhile causes ... but I hope someone gets the message to him that immunisation/vaccination is not praised by all scientists. There are many well educated folk who are coming to the view that the whole vaccination thing is not good science and may be adding to sickness in this world.
      Integratefulness
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Integratefulness <br>Citation please.<br>Right now there is a mini-epidemic of measles in North America, due to all those mommies that have eschewed getting their kids vaccinated against it. "Oooo! My child may become autistic!".<br>Lady, I'm sure homeopathy, acupuncture or vulcan mind-melding will safeguard your kids against measles and TB.
        In the meantime, stay outa MY neighbourhood!
        PercySludge
      • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

        @Integratefulness Uh yeah, no. There was that whole autism scare, which turned out to be completely made up, and has done irreparable harm to children everywhere. Why don't we see diseases like measles, mumps, small pox, rubella, and polio in the US? Vaccines. Why don't our beloved pets get rabies? Vaccines.

        For the good of the rest of society and your children's own sake, please vaccinate them.
        snoop0x7b
    • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

      GMO scares are like vaccination scares. Lots of hyped fear and little substance and facts to back them up. People were starving before the introduction of GMOs that grew food crops where nature alone didn't allow. People were dying of diseases in larger numbers before the widespread introduction of vaccines to the population. So if you want people to starve and get sick, then feel free to take them both away.
      Chiatzu
    • Who cares

      @DeRSSS
      When it's well known how he got his billions?
      It was thanks to a second rate product promoted by the Big Blue who obviously didn't know any better, and thanks to an extensive amount of anticompetitive actions which has crushed a lot of companies, the daily bread and butter for a lot of people.
      Mikael_z
  • RE: New Bill Gates interview:

    Make his kids work for a living.
    I like that.
    MoeFugger