This is what happens when philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates disagree

Bill and Melinda discussed the 10 tough questions they always receive and addressed them in their Annual Letter 2018. One of them being “What happens when both of you disagree?”
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“We never disagree”, says Melinda. “Just kidding”.

“Bill and I have two things going in our favor”, she says. “First, we agree on basic values. For our wedding, Bill’s parents gave us a sculpture of two birds side by side, staring at the horizon, and it’s still in front of our house. I think of it all the time, because fundamentally we’re looking in the same direction.”

“Second, Bill is very open-minded, which isn’t necessarily how people perceive him. I love Bill because he has a kind heart, listens to other people, and lets himself be moved by what they say, she continued. “When I tell a story about what I’ve seen, he feels it. He might ask me to gather some data for good measure, but he doesn’t doubt the reality of my experiences or the soundness of my judgment.”

“It’s always been important to us that we are equal partners in our foundation’s work. We’ve learned over time to give each other feedback at home about times in the office when we didn’t meet that goal.”


“I agree with all of this!”, exclaims Bill.
“Though I have to admit that Melinda is more comfortable with—and better at—talking in public about personal subjects than I am”, he states.
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“As she says, our common values serve us well. We agree on the big issues. Our occasional disagreements these days are over tactics. Because I’ve been a public figure longer, and because I’m a man, some people assume I am making the big decisions. That’s never been the case.”



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