Mega rich couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, have disclosed nine things that they say have continued to surprise them.
The Gateses share this in their 2019 Annual Letter titled, Things We Didn’t See Coming.
In this year’s letter, Bill and Melinda share nine things that have surprised them over the course of their nearly two decades of work together in global health and development.
They share surprises that both worry and inspire them, and observe that surprises are often powerful calls to action:
“Twenty-five years ago, we read an article that said hundreds of thousands of kids in poor countries were dying from diarrhoea.
“We believe in a world where innovation is for everyone — where no child dies from a disease that’s possible to prevent. But what we saw was a world still shaped by inequity.
“That discovery was one of the most important steps in our journey to philanthropy,” write Bill and Melinda Gates.
Surprises in this year’s letter address topics including the importance of investing in Africa’s growing population of young people, sources of greenhouse gas emissions that don’t get enough attention, the reasons data can be sexist, and the nationalist case for globalism.