For Bill Gates , there is a better target for spending so much money in the world: vaccines
Duel of millionaires. The founder of Microsoft , Bill Gates , dedicated a message to Elon Musk noting that “it is a waste of money” to spend “so much money to colonize Mars.”
“It’s actually quite expensive to go to Mars. You can buy measles vaccines and save lives for a thousand dollars each,” he told the BBC .
Too much money
For Bill Gates, Elon Musk has a “positive impact” through his companies, without actually doing philanthropy.
Musk has said he wants to colonize Mars , while Jeff Bezos has also joined the “space race.”
SpaceX, the rocket company Musk co-founded in 2002, has as its ultimate goal sending manned flights to Mars and eventually colonizing the Red Planet. To do this, it has its Starship rocket , which will have a test orbital launch that it will launch from its Starbase headquarters in Boca Chica, Texas , federal documents show.
Vaccines and COVID-19
Gates, through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have promoted vaccine development globally.
This also put him at the center of criticism in conspiracy theories, where he was blamed for the pandemic to continue enriching himself.
“I didn’t expect that,” he said, referring to suggestions that he benefited from the virus or started it himself.
“During the pandemic, there were tens of millions of messages that I intentionally caused it or that I am tracking people. It is true that I am involved with vaccines, but I am involved with vaccines to save lives.
Gates, who spent much of his life as the world’s richest person, has donated tens of billions of dollars to philanthropic causes, often aimed at global health , especially children.
Now he divides his time between climate change and the eradication of malnutrition and diseases such as polio and malaria.