Aliko Dangote has said his meeting Bill Gates turned him into a different person, and he will like to spend the latter part of his life living like the American philanthropist.
The Africa’s richest man made the statement on Wednesday while giving a speech at the 2019 Goalkeepers’ event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, US.
“When I started my foundation in 1994, I never realised we had this massive challenge in the health sector,” Dangote said.
“Really, it was mind-boggling when we had this agreement to collaborate with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and that really opened my eyes to realise that there are a lot of challenges in health.
“At that time I didn’t have the opportunity of meeting Bill but meeting Bill changed me into a different person. This is somebody that has nothing to do with us in Africa or Nigeria but he is putting his money and his soul into everything.
“He is very committed to helping humanity and that really surprises me a lot and I realised that he is a simple person and I never knew Bill would be this simple. He is a very soft-spoken guy and kind-hearted.”
The industrialist said he hopes to give out a chunk of his $9.2 billion wealth like Gates sometime in the future.
“It is very difficult to find people like Bill in this world. Bill, we are very grateful and I can assure you that with my association with Bill, my only prayer is that in the next few years, I will try and give my chunk of wealth to charity,” he said.
Gates, however, in response thanked Dangote for linking him with governors in the north.