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Asked how he convinced his friend Warren Buffett to turn over most of his billions in an enormous donation to the Gates Foundation years ago, software pioneer Bill Gates said he never brought it up. A huge part of his foundation’s wealth comes from Buffett’s gift.

“I actually never spoke to him about the gift,” Gates said. “It was completely a surprise to me. At a gathering of friends he has every couple of years, I had presented on global health and talked about how you can save a year of life for less than $100. I went through the progress that had been made, and he could see I was engaging all of my passion on it.”

Ah, serendipity!

— Adapted from “The Rotarian Conversation: Bill Gates,” interview with David Rensin, The Rotarian.

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