Dangote and Gates’ Friendship over the Years

That was the scenario when the second world’s richest man Bill Gates met Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote in an event in New York. “As soon as we shook hands, it was clear we had a tonne in common. We were both super interested in global health. So we made sure to sit next to each other at dinner,” Bill Gates wrote on his social media pages. That first meeting sparked the beginning of a fruitful friendship that led them to start a business in the 1970s. “We chose to start foundations aimed at improving health and education. We formed the Dangote Foundation,” Bill Gates said. Gates in 2000 founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. He said they both love to geek out over things that make some people‚Äôs eyes glaze over, like cement, fertilizer, and iodized salt. In 2016, their foundations announced a joint, five-year $100 million commitment to reducing malnutrition in Nigeria.


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