Meet Warren Buffet and Bill Gates two of America's most generous men.

            Buffet whose wealth is estimated at $79 billion runs Berkshire Hathaway which owns more than 60 companies. He bought his first stock at age 11 and filed a tax return at age 13. He's pledged to give 99% of his wealth to charity.

            Gates is best known for founding Microsoft, but his philanthropy with wife Melinda is quickly becoming his legacy. He is regarded as the richest man in the world at about $103 billion.

            Their Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world with primary goals being to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. Gates Foundation-supported efforts have vaccinated over 580 million children helping childhood mortality worldwide to drop by 50% in less than 30 years. 

            Buffet has donated billions to Gates efforts. Rotary partnered with them to almost completely eradicate polio in the world.

            Both men were interviewed by The Atlantic recently. Here are some of their thoughts.        

            Both men appear to doubt some of President Trump’s innovations in rhetoric and both men have warm feelings about immigrants.

            When asked about misleading facts in play today, Gates said, I predict a comeback for the truth. Adding; solutions that are not based on facts, I believe these won’t be as successful as those that are based on facts.

            Asked whether they believed America needed to be made great again, Buffett nearly jumped out of his chair: “We are great! We are great!” Adding, I believe........  that this country gets better all the time. [America] survived civil war, world wars, the atomic bomb, and the Great Depression. We survive.

            He continued, in 1776, there were four million people here, and 290 million in China. We have 75 million owner-occupied homes, 260 million vehicles, the greatest universities in the world, up and down the line—all of this from nothing 240 years ago. That’s pretty remarkable!

            Both men agreed America’s fortunes cannot be reversed during a single four-year presidential term.

            Both were asked what worries you most?

            Buffett responded weapons of mass destruction and Gates answered, I worry more about bioterrorism.

            When asked about climate-change Gates offered, If you told me that technology was frozen, that all we have is today’s technology, I would be very worried about climate change. Because of technology I do think we’ll avoid the biggest downsides of climate change.

            Buffet, who has pledged over $30 billion to their Foundation told Bill and Melinda Gates he wanted them to fail a lot because if you’re not failing, you’re trying to do things that are too easy. 

            Now that's a unique thought and certainly something to think about!

            It's a fascinating article about two great Americans.  You can find a link to it under The Atlantic at kvoe.com. I hope you'll pull it up and read it.      I'm Steve Sauder.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/buffett-gates/517833/

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