Jan. 9, 2014
-- Towards the end of last year a small circle of public figures got together for a dinner in Berlin, including the publisher Dr. Hubert Burda and his wife Maria Furtwängler, Bill Gates, US ambassador John B. Emerson, the new Foreign Minister Ursula von der Leyen and entrepreneur Lars Windhorst. Lars Windhorst, who meanwhile lives in London and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Sapinda Group in January 2014, still runs an office in Berlin-Mitte on Friedrichstrasse for SAPINDA Germany. The topics of conversation at the dinner event were development cooperations and the Bambi award for social commitment, which Bill Gates and his wife Melinda received in Berlin the next evening. Dr. Hubert Burda posted photos of the dinner on his Facebook page. These days Bill and Melinda Gates mainly dedicate their time to their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is committed to improving the quality of life in the poorest regions of the world. Another item on Bill Gates’ schedule was the interview with Cherno Jobatey from the Huffington Post in the Berlin office of the E-Plus Group. In this interview the billionaire explained that everyone has to define their criteria for success themselves. In another interview Bill Gates had expressed that he didn’t believe the internet will change the world. He went on to say that in the efforts to improve life, more fundamental problems like child mortality and child nutrition needed to be solved first. The Microsoft founder calls himself a technocrat, but in an interview with the Financial Times in 2013 Gates emphasised that he didn’t believe that technology would save the world because it is unable to solve important and associated problems of humanity.Here he mentioned the spreading of disease and poverty. In North America, the country that is home to 40 billionaires, he managed to persuade a number of entrepreneurs and the super-rich to donate at least half their wealth to charities. As initiators Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have long since set an example: back in 2006 Buffett already announced that he would bequeath 99 percent of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and family charity organisations. Gates and his wife Melinda have also donated over 28 billion dollars to their foundation to date. A blog artile by Gates' wife Melinda on the German Huffington Post website revealed that she had another two destinations to visit that week: a second awards ceremony, the "Women of the Year" hosted by Glamour magazine at the MoMA in New York, and a conference on the subject of family planning in Ethiopia. Lars Windhorst was very impressed and honoured to be able to meet entrepreneur Bill Gates along with the other guests at the Burda dinner in Berlin.
) Bill Gates: "Internet wird nicht die Welt retten" (Internet won’t save the world), http://www.derwesten.de/