Question: Do you ever see the Gates Foundation work complete? Do you have an exit plan? An end goal?
Bill Gates: We do hope to complete our work. Over the next 15 or 20 years, we hope to see malaria eradicated, an AIDS vaccine delivered, and a lot of our other health goals achieved. We’re working to help make vaccines very cheap over time, so that health improvements can be self-sustaining. So that’s an exit plan.
There will still probably be quite a lot to do to improve the health of the poorest, so I expect that health will be our foundation’s top focus for the rest of my life. Twenty years after Melinda and I aren’t around to help guide it, the foundation will spend all its money and go out of business. So that’s our ultimate exit plan.
We need about a hundred more billionaires like him.