Bill Gates urges focus on poverty gap

What about the gap between his net worth and mine? Huh

Since he’s in town, maybe he can take a look at my computer. Cry

MOORHEAD – The richest American, a man worth $67 billion by one recent estimate, on Saturday told an audience at Concordia College that one of the world’s most critical issues is the gap between the rich and the poor.

“I think, if we’re not careful, that divide will grow and grow,” said Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft turned international philanthropist.

In discussing that inequity and other pressing issues, Gates said learning and innovation are the way to solve global problems.

“I think it’s a wonderful time to be a student,” Gates said. “It’s going to take all the ingenuity that all of you have to find the solutions.”

Gates spoke largely about innovation, philanthropy and even his initial passion, software, as part of the dedication ceremony for the college’s new Offutt School of Business and renovated Grant Center.

Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium was filled with 3,800 students and community members, who had to get through tight security to enter – including a check of all bags and coats. Gates spoke for about an hour, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The 57-year-old, pegged by Forbes magazine’s most recent rankings as the 2nd-wealthiest man in the world, briefly discussed what he called his two careers – first with software giant Microsoft and now with his charitable foundation.

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