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In its annual end-of-year publication in the Gates Notes Blog, Bill Gates it typically provides an update from the Gates Foundation, reviews recent technological advances, and addresses climate change. He touches on all those topics and more in his 2022 update, including the subject of his 2021 divorce from melinda french doors and explaining why he will leave the list of the richest people in the world.
Gates opened and closed his very long post with a nod to his personal life.
“I turned 67 in October. It’s hard to believe I’m that old. In America, most people my age are retired!” she started her blog entry.
The current billionaire immediately went on to explain why he might not be on the list of the world’s richest in the near future. “While I don’t care about my ranking on the list of the world’s richest people,” he wrote, “I know that as I succeed in giving, I will move down and eventually off the list altogether.”
Gates then talked about how becoming a grandfather next year is changing his perspective. “But I started looking at the world through a new lens recently when my oldest daughter gave me the amazing news that I’m going to be a grandfather next year,” Gates shared.
He continued: “Just writing that sentence, ‘I’ll be a grandfather next year,’ excites me. And the thought gives a new dimension to my work. When I think about the world my grandson will be born into, I’m more inspired than ever. to help everyone’s children and grandchildren have a chance to survive and prosper.”
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After providing significant updates on the Gates Foundation, including halving the infant mortality rate, helping the world better prepare for future pandemics, helping truly eradicate polio, and using AI technology to help save mothers and babies in underdeveloped countries, he turned to his personal life.
“With the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the downturn in the economy, the past three years have been some of the most difficult in recent memory,” Gates wrote. “Everyone in the world has experienced loss during this time: of loved ones, financial security, or a way of life.”
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He then commented on his own life: “Because of my position, I am insulated from many of these difficulties. But I, too, have hit some personal low points in recent years, including the death of my father and the end of my marriage.”
Gates thanked his friends and family for supporting him through his difficult times. “Being rich makes my life much more comfortable, but not more fulfilling. For that, I need family, friends and a job where I work on things that matter. I’m grateful to have all three,” he said.