Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has revealed that he plans to give out a large part of his wealth to charity just like Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. In his speech at the 2019 Goalkeepers’ event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Wednesday September 24, Dangote expressed delight in Bill Gates’ philanthrophy which is quite evident in Nigeria.
According to him, the billionaire philanthropist has invested so much in people he has no relationship with and this has made him (Dangote) a better person.
He said:“WHEN I STARTED MY FOUNDATION IN 1994, I NEVER REALISED WE HAD THIS MASSIVE CHALLENGE IN THE HEALTH SECTOR. “REALLY, IT WAS MIND-BOGGLING WHEN WE HAD THIS AGREEMENT TO COLLABORATE WITH THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION AND THAT REALLY OPENED MY EYES TO REALISE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF CHALLENGES IN HEALTH.“AT THAT TIME I DIDNT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF MEETING BIILL BUT MEETING BILL CHANGED ME INTO A DIFFERENT PERSON. THIS IS SOMEBODY THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH US IN AFRICA OR NIGERIA BUT HE IS PUTTING HIS MONEY AND HIS SOUL INTO EVERYTHING.“HE IS VERY COMMITTED TO HELPING HUMANITY AND THAT REALLY SURPRISES ME A LOT AND I REALISED THAT HE IS A SIMPLE PERSON AND I NEVER KNEW BILL WOULD BE THIS SIMPLE. HE IS A VERY SOFT-SPOKEN GUY AND KIND HEARTED.“IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND PEOPLE LIKE BILL IN THIS WORLD. BILL, WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WITH MY ASSOCIATION WITH BILL, MY ONLY PRAYER IS THAT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I WILL TRY AND GIVE MY CHUNK OF WEALTH TO CHARITY.”