Buffett and Gates urge India’s richest to give up wealth for charity

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffet visited India today to meet with the 55 richest billionaires in India, and urged them to give away a share of their wealth to charity.

Gates, who was once the richest man in the world is famous for his charity work, and the amount of money he gives to charity, and alongside Buffet asked the Indians to join him in giving up some of their wealth for charity.

Whilst giving so much to charity has become common in the US, it is still an alien concept in India, and it will be interesting to see how many of the tycoons give any of their money away.

Gates revealed he wasn’t trying to make them feel bad for not giving, but just trying to explain his philosophy.

“Our goal is just to talk about philanthropy and learning from other people.”

“But we’re not trying to make anyone feel guilty. We’re just here to talk about why we do it and see if there’s a chance to work together.”

Gates and Buffett have already convinced some of the richest people in the US and China to give money to charity, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and will hope the example of Wipro chairman, Azim Premji, who donated £2billion to educational causes in India.

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