Bill Gates Gets Busy On India Tour, Meets Anand Mahindra, Sachin Tendulkar

Billionaire Bill Gates is currently on a visit to India and has been meeting people from all walks of life from government administrators to industrialists to cricketers.

What Happened: Gates on Tuesday met with RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and had discussions on financial inclusion, payment systems, microfinance, and digital lending. The Microsoft co-founder later on Tuesday met with industrialist Anand Mahindra. The two billionaires talked about opportunities to collaborate on agriculture, digital finance, and climate. Talking about the meeting, Gates tweeted, “it was a pleasure to meet with Anand Mahindra and discuss our efforts to increase women’s economic power in India.”

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Mahindra also informed that Gates gifted him a signed copy of his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Gates wrote a small note on the book that read, “To anand, Best wishes to my classmate! Bill Gates." The two were classmates at Harvard University.

The 67-year-old also met with India’s cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. The two discussed about philanthropy and children’s healthcare that Tendulkar’s foundation works on. Talking about the meeting Gates tweeted that he had a great time getting to know his work in children’s healthcare. The billionaire then went on to make a cricketing pun saying, “I'm optimistic that, working together, we can score a century for progress!”

Gates who is on his first visit to the country since the pandemic had last week, ahead of his visit, said that the country gives him hope for the future.

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