Bill Gates Urges Philanthropy From China’s Wealthiest
Bill Gates may be known as the richest man in the world, but that doesn’t mean he can solve every global problem himself. The co-founder of Microsoft is once again urging China’s wealthiest people to tackle the country’s poverty levels.
“China has many successful entrepreneurs and business people … I hope that more people of insight will put their talents to work to improve the lives of poor people in China and around the world, and seek solutions for them,” Gates wrote in the People’s Daily. “Investing for the poor requires participation from the entire community.”
It isn’t the first time Gates has implored the country’s most well endowed to help lift up their communities; in 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation teamed up with Warren Buffet for a charity dinner in Beijing, inviting 50 of China’s richest in order to try and solicit donations. Many declined their invitations.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) April 28, 2014
— Gates Foundation (@gatesfoundation) April 28, 2014
According to Yahoo, the wealthiest of the most populated country in the world fear that donating large amounts of money will draw unwanted attention to them, and so they rarely give. However, Jack Ma and Joe Tsai–co-founders of the e-commerce company Alibaba–announced last week that they will endow a $2 billion foundation which will focus on education and health care for their home country.
Gates made headlines this week for more than his generosity; the entrepreneur and philanthropist is also launching a fight against mosquitoes, pointing out that they are the deadliest creatures to humans, especially in impoverished countries.
“For many of us, mosquitoes might seem more pests than predators. But in a large part of the world, particularly among the poor, mosquitoes are a blight. There are more than 2,500 species of mosquito, and they’re found in every region of the world except Antarctica. During the peak breeding seasons, they outnumber every other animal on Earth, except termites and ants. Despite their innocuous-sounding name—Spanish for “little fly”—they carry devastating diseases,” Gates wrote in a blog post.
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