Bill Gates Holds Office Hours; Talks about Giving Back

The Bill Gates college tour rolled through Stanford University in late April. And Gates brought with him a message for students: Philanthropy counts. No matter how young you are, you can start thinking about giving back.

His visit featured a large public talk where he drove home this point. (Get the full talk in video or audio here.) Then, like any good teacher, he held office hours and answered student questions posed through Facebook. Watch his responses above.


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  • By the time Andrew Carnegie died in 1919, he had given away about 90% of his fortune. Foundations, Universities were set up that are still used today.
    Bill Gates?
    As of 2010, he’s estimated to have given away, through his foundation, just under 50% of his estimated current worth. If he left himself 10%, he’d still be worth 500 million, which is pretty nice.
    So why not just tax him at 90%? I know people who could use extended unemployment benefits.

  • Mr Gates, I known you are a rich man, Im not,rightu now Im unemployed,talking of giving why you do something for help me, so please gifth me 100,000 dollars with that amount I will became rich too, with that amount I can open my dreams store, and employed people like me.Please please here my email: samuelfperez@hotmail.com

  • Reindorf Hormeku-Adjei says:

    Please, I am graduate student from Ghana. In my town called Ningo, a distant from Accra the national capital, I have a big dream to train the youth in ICT and inspiring them to develop entrepreneurial skills to enable them improve on the economic and social development. However, I don’t have enough computers to embark on this project. Nevertheless, it is said that where there is a wil, there is a way, and I believe strongly in it.
    I therefore want to appeal to your noble outfit to help me with a few computers to enable me carry out this dream I have for my village youth.
    I count on your much needed support.
    Thank you.

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