Bill Gates' quiet summer of learning to BBQ, recommending books to read, and working a shift at Dairy Queen was interrupted by 2 scandals
Mary MeisenzahlSep 20, 2019, 18:36 IST
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Bill Gates, who slipped from his spot as the second-richest person in the world this summer, spent most of his time away from the media before gearing up for a press tour ahead of a new Netflix documentary about his life.
He and his wife Melinda announced a new lobbying organization, separate from the Gates Foundation.
Gates got some bad press too; He was linked to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's donations to MIT (a spokesperson for Gates says he never went into business with Epstein or was friends with him) and the Gates Foundation was criticized for giving Indian Prime Minister Modi a humanitarian award.
In some respects, this was a typical summer for Bill Gates. He published his annual summer reading list, visited Dairy Queen with his friend and colleague Warren Buffet, and continued tweeting about global health concerns.
Gates also had some unusually bad press this summer. The New Yorker published emails from the MIT Media Lab suggesting that Gates was "directed" by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to donate $2 million to the institution (Gates' spokesperson has pushed back on that characterization), and activists have organized protests and petitions against the Gates Foundation's decision to give Indian Prime Minister Modi a humanitarian award.
But an upcoming Netflix documentary about his life might put him back in the news for more positive reasons.
Here's everything Bill Gates was up to this summer.