Bill Gates: Facts Are on the Side of Optimists

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Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates and Bloomberg LP Founder Michael Bloomberg discuss poverty, disease and philanthropy on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." Michael Bloomberg is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. (Source: Bloomberg)

Good morning.

Bill, i read to your letter over the weekend.

I noticed in the tone that you are very optimistic.

You say, we are better off than we were decades ago.

Where does the optimism come from?

I am naturally optimistic.

I believe the facts are on the side of the optimistic.

It is dangerous.

They do not look at best practices.

It makes them less generous.

We are raising.

Most people in middle income companies now, there is more to be done on health and agriculture.

If you do not see that, you will not dissipate in what you need to do.

You say there will be none by the time we reach 2035. almost none.

Landlocked countries, it will be less than 10. when i was born, almost all countries were born.

We are down to about a quarter of them.

If we focus on it, we could make it really exceptional.

You mentioned in your letter that not everyone should have won the warren buffett was talking about.

You donated last year about $100 million to the bill gates foundation to eradicate polio from the world.

Do you share the same optimism?

Yes.

I could not be more in agreement.

One of the things people miss is advocates seldom want to acknowledge success.

They always want to have more to do and be more important.

Bill is 100% right.

There are fewer people starving and fewer people sleeping without a roof, fewer people who are not literate.

By any rational measure, things are better.

That does not mean every place where every person.

There will always be a bottom 20% and we will always redefine what that 20% means.

To say all the foreign aid and moneys of the bill and melinda gates foundation or a lot of people have invested, that is just not true at all.

Tony is a doctor in africa who is trying to get numbers and find out what people are dying from because if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage or fix it.

You look at birth certificates and it will say, "act of god." that does not tell you where you put your money to save people's lives.

The le monde are working on polio.

It is the chance of eradicating the disease like smallpox.

Or malaria were vitamin a deficiency.

There is an awful lot of new science and new ways of distributing product that's progress.

Why do you think people do not want to admit there is that success?

We always see a few people.

You have to put it in context.

We are talking about eradicating or changing something when 6 billion people on the planet, 25 people you interact with during the course of the day is hardly representative.

There are old believes you are wasting your money with this and that and that is not true.

Bill melinda never shied away from taking on the impossible tasks.

It turns out complex problems do not have simple answers.

They are not unsolvable.

Will be the catalyst to change peoples minds?

You want to debug -- dee bunk -- you want to debunk these myths.

What will be the catalyst to change perceptions fundamentally?

We want people to spread the word.

People should feel great about the time but feel that we are not doing more.

Headlines mislead you.

Bad news is a headline.

Gradual improvement is not.

When do we celebrate these deaths and gdp growth?

We almost have to take a letter like this and speak out and say, wait, despite how bad we feel about what is not yet done, we have approaches that work, and the cynicism is holding us back.

People think eight is a big

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