‘Difficult years are coming’: Bill Gates has something to say about what we can expect from 2023
JVTech News ‘Difficult years are coming’: Bill Gates has something to say about what we can expect from 2023
Like every year, Bill Gates took advantage of the end of the year celebrations to share a lengthy platform on his personal blog entitled “A future worthy of our grandchildren”. Before wishing for a “healthy and peaceful 2023”, the former world’s richest man looks back at the challenges that await us in the coming years.
Bill Gates’ Grandfather Gives New Meaning To His Life
At 67 years old (he had it on October 28), Bill Gates has seen and experienced it all. A happy childhood, a diligent youth, interplanetary success with Microsoft, the title of the world’s richest man, a highly publicized divorce, and finally a successful conversion back into philanthropy, easy to say the haters when you have over 100 billion dollars in his account… Except that not everyone does, well, doesn’t do like Bill Gates.
In short, this good old Bill had a very complete life, but he still lacked one thing to make him truly complete according to him… And on Thanksgiving his eldest daughter Jennifer told him the happy news: in 2023, Bill will become a grandfatherand clearly this sparked strong emotions and new perspectives in the minds of Windows’ founding fathers.
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”, Bill Gates wished a happy new year by publishing a big forum about what he wants to do in the coming years and his vision of the world of tomorrow.
Title “The future of our grandchildren is worthy”, he begins his plea for the future like this:
“Hard times. But I still believe we can make the world a better place for the next generation. Here’s how.”:
I turn 67 in October. It’s hard to believe I’m that old – in America most people my age are retired!
But not the day after tomorrow I’ll slow down. I am pursuing at full speed the project I launched over twenty years ago, which consists of returning a large part of my resources to society. While I don’t care where I rank on a list of the richest people in the world, I know that when I do manage to give, I will drop down and eventually disappear from the list altogether.
I’ve always seen my philanthropy as a way to help reduce the appalling inequalities I see in the world. I also feel a responsibility to return my wealth to society in a way that brings as much good to as many people as possible. But I started to see the world from a new perspective recently, when my oldest daughter broke the amazing news to me that I was going to be a grandpa next year.
Just typing that line, “I’m going to be a grandpa next year,” makes me emotional. And this thought gave a new dimension to my work. When I think about the world my grandson or granddaughter will be born into, I am more motivated than ever to help everyone’s children and grandchildren have a chance to survive and thrive.
This is a long term project that requires patience; in the quest to make the world fairer, success is measured in years and decades. Age can help to understand this better. When I was in my twenties, I didn’t think anyone my grandparents’ age had anything useful to offer the world at large. But as I got older, I realized how wrong I was.
I do nearly all of my work through the Gates Foundation, although the majority of my climate and clean energy efforts are hosted by Breakthrough Energy and I separately fund Alzheimer’s disease research. Global health is a top concern for the foundation, because it is the worst inequality on the planet and a solvable problem. More than twenty years ago, Melinda and I were shocked at how little money and effort went into saving the lives of children in poor countries, and we thought the world needed to do more.
“The world is a little better prepared for the next pandemic”
Frankly, Bill Gates resurrected”five hard yearsforthcoming, it looks at the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and of course a return to the aftermath and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and an economic downturn, the last three years have been some of the toughest in recent memory. Everyone in the world has suffered a loss along the way – a loved one, financial security or a way of life. Because of my position, I am immune to many of these difficulties. But I’ve also been through some tough times over the last few years, including the death of my father and the end of my marriage.
As I reflect on the past and look forward to the year ahead, I thank the people in my life who supported me through difficult times. They remind me of what’s important and inspire me to be a better father and friend. Being rich made my life a lot more comfortable, but not more fulfilling. To do that, I need my family, my friends, and a job that allows me to do important things. I am grateful to have all three.
One of the joys of growing old is watching my three children welcome new, wonderful people into our family. Last year I had a son-in-law and next year I will be a grandfather. I hope I can be as good with my grandchildren as my father is with his grandchildren.
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