The Microsoft founder wants to fight climate change with new technologies. He’s paying a lot of money for that, so he’s in good company.
As the former richest man in the world, Bill Gates is not satisfied with small rolls. After years ago he and his foundation dedicated himself to the fight against poverty and disease in less developed regions of the world, he is now tackling climate change. He wants to prevent the “climate catastrophe” by means of innovation, says the Microsoft founder with an ambitious goal and underlines once again his belief in technology.
Gates announced to the German Handelsblatt that he would invest two billion US dollars (1.65 billion euros) in start-ups and other projects to combat climate change over the next five years. Even for the 65-year-old, whose fortune is estimated at 124 billion dollars, not little money. In addition, the entrepreneur calls for a five-fold increase in government research investments in clean energies within the next decade – the equivalent of at least 110 billion dollars annually.