Bill Gates Chats with Ellen for the First Time

Bill Gates Chats with Ellen for the First Time

I am so happy to have you here. This is the first time
having you on, so thanks. So I know you were nervous
about the entrance. I think people feel like
they’re supposed to dance. And I was really
surprised because I was here earlier today
for your rehearsal and then you abandoned it. But we should at least
show them the rehearsal because it was really good. [MUSIC PLAYING] [LAUGHING] [CHEERING] It was good. [APPLAUSE] Your daughter is looking
at you like, I’ve never seen you dance like that. Hi. So the last time
we saw each other it was at the White House. We both were receiving
the Medal of Freedom. And that was quite
a day, wasn’t it? That was an amazing group. Yeah. Really, really fun. So you are here with your
daughter who is 21, right? And you were 21 when you
became a billionaire. Is that right? Almost, yep. All right, so around that age. You were like the youngest
person to become a billionaire, is that right? Yeah, in terms of earning
it on my own, yeah. Right. OK. Which is the most
important thing. So when you were a kid,
did you care about money? Or you just cared
about technology and it just happened? Mostly I loved software. I do remember at
the private school I went to there were other kids
whose families were better off. Like they had a
Porsche or something. But it wasn’t that
big of a deal. My thing was that I just
loved doing software. I loved hiring people. And I was stunned when it
ended up being so valuable. Really? Yeah. It surprised you? Yeah. Because I always had
to be careful that we wouldn’t hire too many people. I was always worried
because people who worked for me were older
than me and they had kids. And I always thought well
what if we don’t get paid. Will I be able to
meet the payroll? So I was always
very conservative about the finances. And then when we did
go public, what was I? 30, by then. Then I was kind of stunned
at what it multiplied out to. Right. So, when you became
a billionaire, at what point did
you start relaxing? Were you still nervous when
you became a billionaire? Like I got to watch this? Well I always wanted to have
enough money in the bank so that even if our customers
didn’t pay us for a year, we could still keep paying
everybody and do the R&D. So I’d still be viewed
as conservative. I don’t have that many things
that are extravagant taste so it didn’t change too much. So nothing really changed. So you didn’t say, oh I’m
going to buy a Porsche. I did. That I did. All right. Yeah. You did. All right. Yeah, that was an indulgence. And then eventually, for
my travel, I got a plane. Which is a huge indulgence. So those are my two. Well not really, because
you travel all the time. So that’s important
that you have a plane. So you have a Porsche and
a plane and that’s it? Well, in terms of
crazy things, yeah. Yeah. There’s not like any
like wild– like you didn’t build like an
aquarium with sharks in it or something like that? We have a trampoline
room in our house. Oh wow. The kids like that. Indoor trampoline. I recommend it. Just one giant trampoline. Yeah. Yeah, it’s a room with
a very high ceiling. Well yeah, I hope. That would be
cruel if you didn’t put a high ceiling in there. Go on kids. All right, so let’s
talk about this. So you already put $40
billion of your own money into your foundation. Yep. $40 billion. And you’ve kind of
encouraged other billionaires to do this as well. Because it really is
kind of up to the people to fix the problems in the
world, it seems, right? So what is your main
focus right now? My wife Melinda and I picked
global health as our big thing. The fact that still we
have five million kids who die under the age of five. Now it was over
10 million when we got started so there’s been
huge progress over the last 18 years. So things like
malaria, diarrhea. Coming up with new
drugs and vaccines and getting them out to
all the kids in the world. That’s our main thing. Our second biggest
thing is all in the US, which is trying to help improve
the education system here. Yeah. [APPLAUSE] And how do you do that? I always think you
get what you pay for. So if you don’t pay teachers,
because most teachers are paying out of their own pocket
to take care of these students. So how do you do that? Well, there are some
really phenomenal teachers. And so the dream is that
you could take that top 10% and have them help the others
to get best practices, the best teaching ideas to spread
all over the country. We’re listening to you,
obviously $40 billion does a lot. And there are other
people that are helping. But what can we do? What is the best thing that
you could say that just one person can do to help? Well particularly with
schools, the ability to go to the local public
school or charter school and engage with the
kids, mentor kids, talk about the kind
of work you do. There’s huge
opportunities there. With the challenges, say
in Africa, part of it is people’s voice. There’s a real question
now whether the US takes this less than 1% of our budget
that saves tens of millions of lives and whether we don’t
prioritize continuing that. So it’s a hot debate in terms
of is it good for America to be generous and help
the rest of the world live a healthy life. Well, I mean the fact that
you’re helping so many people all around the world. Because that, to me,
is what when you have that kind of money, it’s for. That’s the best thing
you can do actually. You’re making such
a huge difference. I’m glad you’re a billionaire. [APPLAUSE] All right, you can learn more
about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the
website and

100 thoughts on “Bill Gates Chats with Ellen for the First Time

  1. I like gates but let the facts speak for themselves. Mom was on the IBM board of directors. Dads a lawyer. Bill nor his colleagues did not write basic. And, since he had not enough to pay for a newspaper at the time, without mom or dad, someone else would be sitting in that chair.

    He didnโ€™t make that money without the help of many other people. Enough said

  2. I love how humble and relaxed he looks compared to other billionnaires or famous people. He just seems like a chill man.

  3. This man is honestly so genuine and good hearted. I've seen two of his Ted Talks and he spoke of the TRULY rich.

  4. You truly learn first hand that money does not equate happiness. You learn to embrace the only thing you cannot buy, genuine human connection w/o money interference.

  5. Indeed,the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. Just take a look and see how his daughter got something that is known to be what he really is. His "SIMPLICITY" ,i got surprised women nowadays act rich and wear heavy make ups and fancy dress while this billionaire's daughter is just like her father,gotta admire this family

  6. You know whatโ€™s funny ? He provides funds for vaccines but he doesnโ€™t vaccine his own kids ๐Ÿค” POISON

  7. As one who likes Windows and my Windows Phone, which I still use, I couldn't help but smile when his nerd came out.

  8. Bill Gates is not a Politician but neither was Donald Trump
    And look who is in the White House. I heard a rumour that Joe Biden is not running and Hillary is
    Americans need to WAKE UP. Trump is always boasting about how many Golf Resorts and Hotels he has…
    Bill is richer and gives it to Charity….. Bill for PRES 2020 (and i am not talking about Bill Clinton)

  9. There are stages,
    People without money who need to flex like they have money.

    People who have money that need to show they have money.

    Bill Gates has so much money that he doesnโ€™t care what anyone thinks of him but himself.

  10. I am a cynic but the part where he discussed how he wants to keep paying people even if he doesn't get revenue from market for a year or so….that's the part which is exactly the same in Netflix (Inside Bill's Brain) and it's nice. I guess he is genuinely nice person.

  11. Billionare at 21… Im 38 this month, I work so dam hard and cant even afford a 350dollar set of coilovers for my car. Lol.
    God bless Bill Gates for all that he does for humanity as it is not even his job to do and only a handfull of rich people does what he do cuz all the rest are just worried with themselves. They forget that we will all end up in the same place…
    Helping is not a thing you feel in your pocket. You feel it in your heart.
    PS: if anyone wants to help me getting my coilovers, I will accept that help. Lol.

  12. He made more of his own money from being on the show then the money he earned on being in the show in the first second he appeared on camera.

  13. Are you all serious? He saves around 5 MILLION CHILDREN and no one bats an eye. He puts some money to his own countries education system and everyone gives him a standing ovation. So wrong. You should give him praise for the millions of children he saved.

  14. I am the richest woman of the universe.i have kids worthing billionaires

  15. Notice how he doesnโ€™t flex the fact that he went to Harvard. He said โ€œMost of the kids at the private school that I went toโ€ such a humble man

  16. Ellen, you're hilarious!!! Love you โค Bill, I am almost done with my PhD. You're missing a major way to help kids worldwide. When I'm done with my PhD, I'm going to pitch it to you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love what you and your wife are doing and I want to help!

  17. Money may come or go but what remains with Bill Gates or what he will take with him is "Dharma" and "humbleness".

  18. he forgot to mention that the vaccines he distributes are actually poisonous substances leaving people infertile (also many other health harming effects) to cull the overpopulation problem

  19. ๐Ÿ˜ต FASIST TO A FASIST ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

  20. Come to Bilbao ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  21. It should be โ€œEllen chats with Bill Gates for the first timeโ€ ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

  22. Bill Gates put a lot of money into my first highschool and provided us with computers and then some! It meant so much!

  23. Two of the very top citizens toguether!! They will be fine ever, even though they can't relate with the working class, no matter of the prices to some in TV

  24. HE DIDNTHE FUNNY FORTNITE DANCE ONG ONG OMG LNG OMG PMG OMG ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  25. This is what richest meant to be. Bill and Mark prove it. Richest in money and heart. Humble and generous. Not need to show off in any medias.

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