Bill Gates said after his recent divorce and finding out he’s going to be a grandfather for the first time, he realized how irrelevant being one of the richest men on the planet is if he can’t not use this money to improve the world.
The Microsoft founder shared his year-end thoughts on his Gates Notes blog. In a post titled ‘The future our grandchildren deserve’, the multi-billionaire gave an update on the Gates Foundation as well as his personal life and his 2021 divorce from his ex-wife Melinda Gates: “I turned 67 in October. I can’t believe I’m that old – in America most people my age are retired! He continues, “Although I don’t care where I rank on the list of the richest people in the world, I know that as I succeed in giving, I will go downhill and eventually not be on the list anymore. the list. »
“I will become a grandfather next year”
The fourth richest man in the world went on to explain that he has “always seen philanthropy as a way to help reduce the terrible inequalities that I see in the world”. After learning over Thanksgiving that her eldest daughter jennifer was expecting her first child with her husband Nayel Nassar, his charitable efforts now have a whole new meaning. “I started looking at the world through a new lens recently, when my eldest daughter broke the incredible news that I will be a grandfather next year,” he wrote. Just typing this sentence, “I’ll be a grandfather next year” moves me. And this thought gives a new dimension to my work. When I think of the world my grandchild will be born into, I am more inspired than ever to help everyone’s children and grandchildren have a chance to survive and thrive. »
Bill Gates then gave an update on his projects with the Gates Foundation, his climate and clean energy initiatives with Breakthrough Energy, as well as his funding for Alzheimer’s disease and AIDS research. Some of the global issues his foundation works on include reducing the infant mortality rate, helping countries prepare for future pandemics and the climate crisis, eradicating polio, and using artificial intelligence to help mothers and babies in underdeveloped countries.
The tone of the billionaire’s message then became increasingly personal: “With the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the economic downturn, the last three years have been among the most difficult in recent memory. Everyone around the world has suffered losses during this time, whether in loved ones, financial security or lifestyle. Because of my position, I am protected from many of these difficulties. But I, too, have gone through difficult times over the past few years, including the death of my father and the end of my marriage. As I reflect on the past and look forward to the next year, I am grateful for the people in my life who support me through difficult times. They remind me of what’s important and inspire me to be a better father and friend. Being rich makes my life much more comfortable, but not more fulfilling. For that, I need my family, my friends and a job that allows me to work on important things. I am grateful to have all three. »