Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Bill and Melinda Gates release 2018 Letter

Bill and Melinda Gates release 2018 Letter

In terms of education, the Gates Foundation primarily targets high school-related endeavors and also supports early learning and postsecondary education.

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"Although we have had some success", Melinda Gates wrote, " I think it would be hard to argue at this point that we made the world focus too much on health, education and poverty". The full 10 questions and their responses can be found here.

But for this year, the co-founders of the world's richest philanthropy have instead opted to answer a selection of critical and skeptical questions about the foundation's work and the power it wields.

Sometimes, though, the person asking this question is raising a deeper issue. Throughout the letter, the Gateses address with some humility the evolution of their philanthropic strategies, and Melinda repeatedly raises the importance of women's empowerment.

"Take the example of developing new diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines for diseases of poverty. It's about knowing how life can get better", the Gateses write.

Bill and Melinda Gates have some reservations about the President. The Foundation is hoping to move that needle, he said, by getting companies to focus their expertise without having to spend the money. And "Is it fair that you have so much influence?"

Are you imposing your values on other cultures? "World leaders tend to take our phone calls seriously ..."

And on their motivations for giving away their vast sums of cash to charitable causes, the pair said it was a "basic responsibility of anyone with a lot of money".

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What do you have to show for the billions you've spent on USA education? We both come from families that believe in leaving the world better than you found it. Melinda's parents made sure their children took the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church to heart.

On why they are doing charity work, Bill said: "One is that it's meaningful work...."

"That means we need to hire well, consult experts, learn constantly, and seek out different viewpoints", he said.

One of the questions in the letter is about what happens when the two of them disagree.

"Equality is an important national principle". For 2018 though, Bill and Melinda chose to offer a bit of insight into their personalities and ventured to take on "10 tough questions that we get asked".

"It's always been important to us that we are equal partners in our foundation's work. And they make Americans more secure by making poor countries more stable and stopping disease outbreaks before they become pandemics", Bill Gates said.

"We are partners in both senses that people use the word these days: at home and at work".

Whereas if we don't try some ideas that fail, we're not doing our jobs.Here's another question we get a lot: "Why are you really giving your money away - what's in it for you?"It's not because we think about how we'll be remembered".

It's an ever-pertinent question when it comes to philanthropy, and Bill says there are two main reasons why he and Melinda pour their time, effort, and funds into the Foundation.

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