Bill Gates, one of the richest people on the planet and arguably its biggest philanthropist, revealed his end-of-life goal in an annual letter released by Gates and his wife Melinda, which he also promoted in a viral video that I’ve included below.
In the letter the Microsoft founder describes what he believes will be required to end extreme global poverty – by 2035 and discusses the three myths that he believes block progress for the poor, describing the current state of the world as being “better than it has ever been.”
Despite this assessment, Gates says that people commonly hold the belief that the world is, in fact, getting worse and that any efforts to solve extreme poverty and combat disease are undertaken in vain.
These “harmful” assumptions stifle progress — progress, he feels, we can make in such a significant way that by the time Gates is 80, in just over 20 years, we can completely eradicate extreme poverty globally.
Gates clearly believes that it is important for governments to buy-in to the process. This is especially true when it comes to providing foreign aid and assistance to impoverished and developing nations.
He suggests that in the near future:
“you’ll almost have to give a reason why a country is poor. And that reason will inevitably be governmental policies rather than will that impede progress.”
Here is his video that went viral:
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