28 November, 2020

‘India Did Not Get Anything Wrong’

His calling card reads ‘Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’; his mindset is still of ‘Chairman, Microsoft’.

Narendra Bisht
‘India Did Not Get Anything Wrong’
outlookindia.com
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If philanthropy sounds like a nice, leisurely post-retirement activity to be squeezed in between morning golf and afternoon siesta, the sight of the world’s richest man zipping into and out of cities, countries and continents disabuses you of the notion. With a war chest in excess of $36 billion (approximately Rs 20,200 crore) and a statutory requirement that he must donate five per cent of it each year to remain a charity, William Henry Gates III doles out his millions with the same maniacal zeal that he sold software. His calling card reads ‘Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’; his mindset is still of ‘Chairman, Microsoft’.

So, he schmoozes with the Australian prime minister on Tuesday, tucks into chicken tikka masala and paneer mattar with the Indian health minister in Delhi on Wednesday, drops in on Hyderabad and Mumbai along the way before flying back to Seattle for the weekend. In between, the 58-year-old squeezes in visits to locations where his foundation operates, and happily does interviews...

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