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Bill and Melinda Gates answer 10 tough questions

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“We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day brings a different story of political division, violence, or natural disaster.

Despite the headlines, we see a world that’s getting better.”

In their tenth annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates have decided to tackle the 10 toughest questions that they get asked on a regular basis:

Their answers include some forthright takes on their experiences trying to help solve global challenges, the impacts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the past 18 years, and why they’re still optimistic people — despite the steady stream of grim headlines about the world.

“Being an optimist isn’t about knowing that life used to be worse. It’s about knowing how life can get better. And that’s what really fuels our optimism. Although we see a lot of disease and poverty in our work—and many other big problems that need to be solved—we also see the best of humanity.”

Read the letter for yourself today.

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