Melinda and I are lucky to have Dangote as a friend – Bill Gates

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says he and his wife are lucky to have Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, as a friend and partner in battling development issues in Africa.

In a note via his blog, Gates said Dangote Foundation is the largest organization in sub-Saharan Africa tackling health and education.

The world’s richest man for 18 years also highlighted the similarities between himself and Dangote — both in business and charity.

“Have you ever met someone new and immediately felt like you could talk to them for hours? That happened the first time I met Aliko Dangote. A couple years ago, he and I ended up going to the same event in New York,” Gates wrote.

“A mutual friend suggested that I meet him because he knew we were both super interested in global health. So we made sure to sit next to each other at dinner.

“As soon as we shook hands, it was clear we had a ton in common. We both started successful businesses in the late 1970s. For our second act in life, we both chose to start foundations aimed at improving health and education. (Today, the Dangote Foundation is the largest such organization in sub-Saharan Africa.)

“More importantly, we both love to geek out over things that make some people’s eyes glaze over, like cement, fertilizer, and iodized salt”.




– The Cable

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

2 Responses to “Melinda and I are lucky to have Dangote as a friend – Bill Gates”

  1. Good morning,Sir,congratulations for all your organisation is doing to eradicate malnutrition,poor health conditions,poverty and other ills chalenges,that is affecting your beloved continent,Africa.I wish you more courage in your kind endeavours to continue doing so in a high spirit feelled heart,thank you,Sir,in that connection, I wish to also use this platform to present to you my own leaving situation, which is joblessness (not employed) but a professional hotel/caterer(cook),with due respect to your organization, please, plead,for a financial grants,to set up a Small business establishment, to help my family and the families of my future employees. I plead, for a financial grants of 350000 nairas,for the project, Sir.Thank you,Sir,waiting to hear good news from you,Accept, Sir,my sincere regards to your high office. Tel:+(237)677142550,Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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