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:

  • 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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