YEAR: 2012/ DURATION: 32 MINS / DIRECTOR : Jérémie DRIEU & Jean-François MONIER / PRODUCTION: France 2 / AVAILABLE VERSIONS : FRENCH, ENGLISH
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Bill Gates is the richest man on the planet due to his revolutionary creation: Microsoft. Today he and his wife dedicate their lives to their foundation ’The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’. It is the most powerful foundation in the world investing 3 billion dollars or 95% of the Gates fortune a year into philanthropic causes. Calling themselves “impatient optimists”, the foundation sets out to change the world, aiming to find a cure for malaria and develop a vaccination against HIV within the couple’s lifetime.
However there may be a darker side to this miraculous foundation. Gates was considered a brutal capitalist in the 90s and some suspect that the foundation is simply a means of boosting his image by reinventing himself as a great do-gooder. However this is only a minor complaint...research into the foundation’s investments shows that some of them, notably into the development of GMOs at Monsanto, contradict their philanthropic work and are just a way boosting income.
We seek out explanations from the Gates themselves. Melinda claims these investments are a means of making even more money for the foundation to pour into worthy causes, but when further research has shown that for the moment only the interest and the dividends of the Gates fortune is being spent; is Bill gates really the great benefactor he pretends to be?