Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the all-time business tycoon and the richest man in Africa says he hopes to give out a part of his $9.2bn wealth like billionaire philanthropist, Bill Gates. Aliko Dangote said this at the 2019 Goalkeepers’ event which was hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York today Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Dangote, who was a discussant alongside Gates, said he had been running the Dangote group of companies for over 25 years but he remained impressed and mesmerised by Bill Gate’s act of kindness.
Dangote said he finds it admirable that a man who is from America could show so much love to Nigeria and invest in the lives of people he had no relation with.
Aliko Dangote 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 our health sector”.
“At as that time I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Bill Gates but meeting Bill changed me into a totally different person. This is someone who has nothing to do with us in Africa or Nigeria but he is putting his money and time and his soul into everything. He is very committed to helping humanity and that really amuses me a lot and I realised that he is a simple person and I never knew Bill Gates would be this simple. He is a very soft-spoken man and very kind-hearted”.
“It is extremely difficult to find people like Bill Gates 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 part of my wealth to charity.”
Bill Gates, however, said it was Aliko Dangote who proved to him that one could make a better impact by reaching out to powerful politicians who are in charge of policy. The philanthropist said without Dangote, he would not have been able to chat with the likes of Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and five other northern governors. Gates also noted that a place where a person is born could determine how long the person could live.