Bill and Melinda Gates take on the "tough questions" about their foundation


While jokingly saying the pair never disagrees, Melinda explained she gets the question "all the time", whereas Bill rarely does.

The latter was inspired by the fact that of the roughly $4.5 billion in grants the Gates Foundation doles out each year-both Bill and Melinda have pledged to give away the majority of their wealth over their lifetimes-around $500 million goes to the USA, while the rest they funnel into the developing world.

They hope people will "be just as optimistic as we are" after reading the responses to their 10 tough questions.

"What happens when the two of you disagree?": Melinda, answering this question said: "We never disagree".

"There have been some interesting tip-offs about where they're heading or their perspectives on things", said David Callahan, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a news site about charitable giving.

Bill and Melinda Gates say they're concerned about some of President Donald Trump's policies and statements.

Trump has said he's a counterpuncher who goes after people when they go after him, only 10 times harder. "Every day brings a different story of political division, violence or natural disaster". That's why hearing and answering tough questions is important.

Bill Gates became the world's richest person in 1995. Not long ago, she moved Pivotal to its own private office near her husband's. "We didn't think we'd have to explain things so strongly in that framework to maintain the USA generosity level", he said.

And Melinda Gates included a pointed remark for President Donald Trump, writing that the duty of a US president is to role model American values and that she wishes "our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets".

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But when asked about the growing criticism that big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter have faced over their role in spreading misinformation, Gates said he hadn't "seen great solutions", though "I'm hopeful they'll come". The answer may seem counterintuitive, she wrote, but the evidence is clear in historical birth trends from around the world. I think he should be treated like the robber baron that he is.

Melinda Gates has made family planning a focus of her work with the foundation. And we use our resources in a very specific way: to test out promising innovations, collect and analyze the data and let businesses and governments scale up and sustain what works.

Gates, in his letter, takes a different stance.

Melinda added: "I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets".

A White House spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

"Make no mistake: foreign aid funding protects American lives, too", she said. They've made known their differences with the president and his party on issues including foreign aid, taxes and protections for immigrant youth in the country illegally.

Melinda: No. It's not fair that we have so much wealth when billions of others have so little.

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