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Bill Gates on His Foundation's Health and Education Campaigns

Microsoft’s co-founder on eradicating malaria, fixing schools, and why he thinks Google has the wrong priorities in the developing world

Gates outside his office at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Photograph by Mark Peckmezian for Bloomberg Businessweek

You recently tweeted that very rare clip of FDR being pushed in his wheelchair in 1944. Why did you find that to be a powerful image?
Polio eradication is this amazing effort. We’re raising the money to get it done by 2018. When these problems leave the rich world, they’re out of sight, out of mind. And reminding people of what a big problem it was and how amazingly others responded—which is why we have these tools at all—helps people, saying this can be the second disease to be eradicated.