Bill Gates inspired by Carnegie, other early philanthropists

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates spoke about philanthropy during his keynote speech Monday at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Gates says he was inspired by “big, first-generation” philanthropists such as John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie, who built schools, funded research, and traveled the world doing good.

Those who have a lot of success in the world can choose how to give back, whether it’s giving away their money, or taking time build a charitable institution such as the Gates Foundation, he says. Building an institution is “something my Microsoft experience taught me how to do,” Gates says, adding that he did have to learn about things like biology along the way.

Microsoft’s 14th annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit began Monday in Redmond and concludes today, with 400 elite academic researchers from 200 institutions and 29 countries joining Microsoft Research to explore hot trends and burning issues in computer science research.

Read the Microsoft Research Connections blog  for more about the event. Check out other clips from Gates’ keynote – as well as the full address – on Microsoft’s YouTube channel.

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Jennifer Warnick
Microsoft News Center Staff