Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has revealed how his meeting with Bill Gates transformed him into a different person.
Dangote stated this on Wednesday in New York at the 2019 Goalkeepers’ event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“When I started my foundation in 1994, I never realised we had this massive challenge in the health sector,” Dangote said.
“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 realise 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 surprises me a lot and I realised 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.”
Dangote also expressed desire to give out a chunk of his $9.2 billion wealth just like Bill Gates does.
“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,” he said.
In response, Bill Gates thanked him for linking him with governors in Northern Nigeria.