My wife and I are lucky to have Aliko Dangote as partner and friend – Bill Gates

Felix M. Okoye

When the world’s most wealthiest men come together to achieve a purpose, it always comes to a fruitful conclusion.

That isn’t an exception with the 2nd world’s wealthiest man, Bill Gates and African’s number one richest, Aliko Dangote.

In a recent article posted on his personal blog, the American native expressed his excitement on meeting Aliko Dangote who he said has things in common with him.

The father of three stated that he met Aliko couple years ago in New York during an event they both attended. Gates said his mutual friend had asked him to meet Aliko because he knew both of them are interested in global health.

“As soon as we shook hands, it was clear we had a ton in common”, Bill recounted, saying that he and Aliko Dangote started their companies in the late 1970s. And for a second act in life, they both chose to start foundations aimed at improving health and education.

Bill Gates’ foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dangote Foundation, are such foundations they coincidentally founded to improve health and education worldwide.

He further reiterated that his first meeting with Kano State, Nigeria born Aliko Dangote sparked the beginning of a fruitful friendship. In 2016, the both foundations announced a joint, five-year $100 million commitment to reducing malnutrition in Nigeria.

However, he said that one of the ways their foundations are working together to fight malnutrition is through food fortification as Nigeria is home to nearly a quarter of all people living in sub-Saharan Africa, and that population is only going to grow in the future. A problem solved in Nigeria, can have a huge impact on all of Africa.

Meanwhile, Bill Gates, born, William Henry Gates in October 28, 1955 has as at August 2019, a net worth of $103.7 billion, making him the second richest man in the world after Seattle native, Jeff Bezos. He’s married to Melinda, and they both have three children, Phoebe Adele Gates, Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates

While his friend, Aliko Dangote is a Nigerian, born in Kano State on April 10, 1957. He has as at April 2019 a net worth of $10.6 billion. Dangote has 4 children, three daughters, Mariya Dangote, Fatima Dangote, Halima Dangote and an adopted son, Abdulrahman Fasasi.

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