Gates and Buffet in India

March 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM Leave a comment

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have made their long-promised trip to India, the Voice of America reports, meeting earlier today with Indian billionaires they hope to recruit for their Giving Pledge.

Although Gates and Buffet will urge the super rich to donate more, they will not push their own ideas on how it should be done.

Buffet says that charitable giving in India does not have to be done the same way as it is in the United States, but will happen in keeping with local culture.

The Wall Street Journal‘s India Realtime blog publishes comments Gates made today in New Delhi, explaining how his experience building tech giant Microsoft informs his philanthropy.

“Giving money and making money have a lot of similarities,” he said, in answer to a question from the media. “In my work at Microsoft, my job was hiring talented engineers to solve tough problems that look unsolvable and backing their work for five to 10 years and understanding what works and what doesn’t work…At the foundation, it is similar.”

Gates made the comments during a joint press conference with India science minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

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Entry filed under: Big Donors, International.

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