Bill Gates has an awful lot of money. According to the most recent figures, the Microsoft founder is worth an estimated $98 billion. And he’s been willing to share it too. Most of the billionaire’s charitable giving is through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The foundation has already been active in the fight against coronavirus donating $100 million to combat the disease in early March. Gates has also been critical of President Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19. During a recent interview with Re/code, the billionaire said that the President wants Americans to “ignore a pile of dead bodies.”
Gates was especially critical of Trump’s rush to restart the economy. He told Re/code’s Teddy Schleifer, “It’s very irresponsible for somebody to suggest that we can have the best of both worlds.” “There is no middle course on this thing.”
The billionaire continued, “And it’s very tough to say to people, ‘Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner, we want you to keep spending. Because there’s maybe a politician who thinks GDP growth is all that counts.”
Bill Gates on these proposals:
"And it's very tough to say to people, 'Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over int he corner, we want you to keep spending.'
Because there's maybe a politician who thinks GDP growth is all that counts."
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) March 24, 2020
You can read the Shleifer’s interview with Gates in its entirety here