Time for Tough Questions

Amid all the woes in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates hang on to hope. For their annual letter, they explain why—and tackle the 10 hardest questions they get.


#1: Why don’t you give more in the US? Melinda: “We don’t compare different people’s suffering. All suffering is a terrible tragedy.”

#4: Are you imposing your values on other cultures? Bill: “The idea that children shouldn’t die of malaria or be malnourished is not just our value. It’s a human value.”

#5: Does saving kids’ lives lead to overpopulation? Melinda: “When more children live past the age of 5, and when mothers can decide if and when to have children, population sizes don’t go up. They go down.”

Read on for more, like: “Is it fair that you have so much influence?” and to pose your own question.

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