Bill Gates says he wants to lose his 'Rich List' spot before he dies

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By Carina Murphy

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Bill Gates is one of the world's richest men.

But if he has anything to do with it, that won't be the case for much longer.

In a recent interview with Forbes, the Microsoft co-founder revealed that he intends to drop off the magazine's Rich List before he dies.

Gates' plans to no longer be counted among the world's billionaires are well underway thanks to an eye-watering $20 billion donation he has recently made to his own philanthropic organization, the Gates Foundation.

During the interview, the tech magnate noted with pride that his latest donation means he "drops one spot to number five in the world, with a net worth of some $102 billion sitting outside the foundation."

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"I'll get myself out of the highly visible part of the list with just say two more gifts of this magnitude. I would get myself off the top part of the list," he continued, adding: "Getting all the way off the list, that's going to take me a while, but my direction of travel is clear."

Gates explained that he's fully committed to following the example set by Chuck Feeney - the 91-year-old Duty Free founder - whose "give while you live" principle saw him drop off the Forbes 400 list completely.

Meanwhile, Gates' latest donation means that the fourth richest spot now goes to his friend and fellow philanthropist Warren Buffet.

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French business magnate Bernard Arnault holds the third richest position, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the current runner-up. As for the leader, Tesla boss Elon Musk sits comfortably at the top of the rich list with an estimated net worth of $219 billion.

According to Forbes, Gates' $20 billion donation makes him and his ex-wife Melinda the "biggest philanthropists" of all time, with a lifetime giving amount of $55 billion.

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Elsewhere in his interview, the Microsoft billionaire explained how the Gates Foundation - which he and Melinda continue to run together after the sticky divorce - will increase spending by 50 percent, to $9 billion a year, by 2026.

"This is going to supercharge or accelerate, charge, turbocharge basically all the work that we do," he told the magazine.

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Bill Gates says he wants to lose his 'Rich List' spot before he dies

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Bill Gates is one of the world's richest men.

But if he has anything to do with it, that won't be the case for much longer.

In a recent interview with Forbes, the Microsoft co-founder revealed that he intends to drop off the magazine's Rich List before he dies.

Gates' plans to no longer be counted among the world's billionaires are well underway thanks to an eye-watering $20 billion donation he has recently made to his own philanthropic organization, the Gates Foundation.

During the interview, the tech magnate noted with pride that his latest donation means he "drops one spot to number five in the world, with a net worth of some $102 billion sitting outside the foundation."

wp-image-1263146695 size-full
Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

"I'll get myself out of the highly visible part of the list with just say two more gifts of this magnitude. I would get myself off the top part of the list," he continued, adding: "Getting all the way off the list, that's going to take me a while, but my direction of travel is clear."

Gates explained that he's fully committed to following the example set by Chuck Feeney - the 91-year-old Duty Free founder - whose "give while you live" principle saw him drop off the Forbes 400 list completely.

Meanwhile, Gates' latest donation means that the fourth richest spot now goes to his friend and fellow philanthropist Warren Buffet.

wp-image-1263106317 size-full
Credit: Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo

French business magnate Bernard Arnault holds the third richest position, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the current runner-up. As for the leader, Tesla boss Elon Musk sits comfortably at the top of the rich list with an estimated net worth of $219 billion.

According to Forbes, Gates' $20 billion donation makes him and his ex-wife Melinda the "biggest philanthropists" of all time, with a lifetime giving amount of $55 billion.

wp-image-1263156872 size-full
Credit: Apex MediaWire / Alamy.

Elsewhere in his interview, the Microsoft billionaire explained how the Gates Foundation - which he and Melinda continue to run together after the sticky divorce - will increase spending by 50 percent, to $9 billion a year, by 2026.

"This is going to supercharge or accelerate, charge, turbocharge basically all the work that we do," he told the magazine.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Alamy