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Vogue on Melinda Gates

Good read with insight into how Melinda Gates sets priorities for the Gates Foundation, also some fun tidbits with a more personal article, excerpts below (I should mention there has been some recent criticism of Melinda and the data she has cited on antimalarial efforts, see here and here):

Feb 2009, Vogue, Gates of Heaven

  • “without Melinda there would have been no Gates Foundation. She is the reason they focus so heavily on improving the health of the world’s neediest inhabitants.”
  • “You have to be humble in what we are doing, but you also have to be bold,” she says. “You have to ask yourself, Are we going to feed people or sit behind ivory towers and argue about how to do it? I want people to live and to survive, so we will get out there and try something. If it doesn’t work, we will try something else. And we will keep trying until we find something that works.”
  • “the philanthropy’s true power lies in its willingness to apply the merciless principles of the business world to charity.”
  • “There won’t be any Gates Foundation grants for National Public Radio or the Metropolitan Opera. (For that matter, the foundation does not fund research into heart disease, diabetes, or many types of cancer, either, despite the fact that those diseases kill millions of people in the developing world. They also happen to kill millions of people in the developed world, and that means governments and pharmaceutical companies have all the incentive they need to address them.) Instead, Bill and Melinda Gates focus on problems that nobody else seems to care about.”
  • “Melinda has become immersed in the financial-services issue, which she sees as an essential prelude to providing security and equality for women…“When a woman’s husband dies of AIDS in Malawi, she becomes the property of her brother-in-law,” Gates explains. “And he goes to collect all the assets. But they belong to her, and if she has the smart card, he will take it to the bank and demand the money. But the bank will say, ‘This is not your card; it’s not your account, because it’s not your thumbprint.’ He can’t get her money. And these cards,” she adds triumphantly, “have become so popular that they are the number-one wedding gift in the country.”

Written by Aman

February 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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