Africa’s richest man and chairman of the Dangote Foundation and Dangote groups, Aliko Dangote, has said his meeting with Bill Gates changed his perspective and changed him into a different person.
Speaking at the 2019 Goalkeepers’ event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, Wednesday, Dangote said he found it amusing 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 to.
His words, “When I started my foundation in 1994, I never realized 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 realize that there are a lot of challenges in health. At that time I didn’t have the opportunity of meeting Bill but meeting Bill changed me into a different person. This is somebody that has nothing to do with us in Africa or Nigeria but he is putting his money and his soul into everything.
He is very committed to helping humanity and that really surprised me a lot and I realized that he is a simple person and I never knew Bill would be this simple. He is a very soft-spoken guy and kind hearted.
It is very difficult to find people like Bill 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 my chunk of wealth to charity.”