‘Rough years are coming’: Bill Gates has something to say about what we can expect from 2023

“Des années difficiles arrivent" : Bill Gates a quelque chose à dire sur ce que nous pouvons attendre de 2023

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Like every year, Bill Gates took advantage of the end-of-year celebrations to split a long platform on his personal blog entitled “The future that our grandchildren deserve”. Before wishing us “a healthy and peaceful year 2023”, the ex-richest man in the world looks back on the challenges that await us for the years to come.

Bill Gates’ Grandpaternity Gives New Meaning to His Life

At 67 years old (he had them on October 28), Bill Gates has seen and experienced everything. A happy childhood, a studious adolescence, interplanetary success with Microsoft, a title of the richest man in the world, a publicized divorce and finally a successful reconversion in philanthropy, easy will say the haters when you have more than 100 billion dollars on his accounts… Except that not everyone does it, well, doesn’t do it like Bill Gates.

In short, this good old Bill had a very full life, but he still lacked one thing to make it really complete in his opinion… And it was on Thanksgiving that his eldest daughter Jennifer told him the happy news: in 2023, Bill will be a grandfatherand obviously this sparked strong emotion and new perspectives in the mind of the founding father of Windows.

On his website “
GatesNotes
”, Bill Gates wished him a happy new year by publishing a large forum on what he intends to do in the years to come and his vision of the world of tomorrow.

Titled “The future our grandchildren deserve”, he begins his plea for the future like this:

Times are hard. But I still believe we can make the world a better place for the next generation. Here’s how.”:

I turned 67 in October. It’s hard to believe I’m that old – in America most people my age are retired!

But it’s not tomorrow the day before that I’m going to slow down. I am pursuing at full speed the project that I launched more than twenty years ago, which consists in returning most of my resources to society. 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 down and eventually disappear from the list altogether.

I have always seen my philanthropy as a way to help reduce the terrible inequalities that I see in the world. I also feel responsible for giving back my wealth to society in a way that brings as much good as possible to as many people as possible. But I started looking at the world from a new perspective recently, when my eldest daughter broke the incredible news to me that I would be becoming a grandfather next year.

Just typing that phrase, “I’ll be a grandfather next year,” gets me emotional. And this thought gives a new dimension to my work. When I think about the world my grandson or granddaughter will be born into, I’m more motivated than ever to help everyone’s children and grandchildren have a chance to survive and thrive.

This is a long-term project that requires patience; in the effort to make the world fairer, success is measured in years and decades. Age may help to understand this better. When I was in my twenties, I didn’t think people my grandparents’ age had anything useful to offer the world at large. But as I get older, I see how wrong I was.

I do almost all of my work through the Gates Foundation, although most of my climate and clean energy efforts are hosted by Breakthrough Energy and I separately fund research into the disease. Alzheimer’s. Global health is a major concern of the foundation, as it is the worst inequality on the planet and a solvable problem. More than twenty years ago, Melinda and I were shocked to learn how little money and effort went into saving the lives of children in poor countries, and we thought the world needed to do more.

“The world is a little better prepared for the next pandemic”

Frankly, Bill Gates evokes “five difficult years” to come, it highlights the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis and of course returns to the aftermath and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the economic downturn, the past three years have been some of the toughest in recent memory. Everyone in the world has suffered losses during this time – loved ones, financial security, or a way of life. Because of my position, I am immune to 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.

One of the joys of growing old is watching my three children welcome wonderful new people into our family. Last year I had a son-in-law and next year I will be a grandfather. I hope I can be as good with my grandchildren as my father was with his.

If you want to find the entire Bill Gates column entitled “The future our grandchildren deserve”, the latter is available on the website
GatesNotes
.