Bill Gates is always represented as one of the world’s richest people, billionaire, a business magnate, entrepreneur, but also as a philanthropist.
But, is he truly a philanthropist?
It is a well-known fact that Bill Gates has donated extremely large sums of many to a diverse spectrum of charitable causes. So why hypocrisy in the title?
Let’s take a quick reminder of Bill’s most recent words, of course, regarding the world’s biggest issue – COVID 19 pandemic.
“Large public gatherings should continue to be banned. Unfortunately, most cafes and restaurants in the country should be closed in order to combat infection rates“, stated Gates.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, 15.6 million people in the United States worked at around 1 million restaurants all over the United States.
The most recent available data available states that nearly two-thirds of Americans employed in the hospitality industry have lost their jobs due to restaurant closures caused by the emerge of the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes cooks, bartenders, dishwashers, etc.
National Restaurant Association predicts a loss of $240 billion for the year. So what the connection between Mr. Gates’s statement and the terrible downfall of the hospitality industry during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Is it a philanthropical thing to say that is necessary to save the planet from pandemic by closing bars and restaurants? Well, not so much.
Take into account that we have only mentioned statistics in United Stated and that is for only one reason – not to scare you!
Especially if you are a bar/restaurant owner, a cook, bartender, or dishwasher. Or maybe you rent your business space to a bar or a restaurant.
It is pure mathematics. If we add up 16 million people, consider that the average household has 2 family members (and that’s already a lie) we’ll come up with a staggering number.
And very worrying one too.
Especially if we consider that this is an industry where a robot cannot cook osso buco, make pizza Napoletana, or talk to a guest and serve it.
Now back to Mr. Gates.
Word philanthropist comes from the Greek word – philanthrōpos, which means love for a human, commonly explained as a being who loves another being without any interest and wants to help him.
Stating the idea that could lead to dozens of millions of unemployed, hungry, and homeless people without proposing an option that will solve their existence issue, at least until the crisis is over, is the least philanthropic thing ever.
Probably when your estimated net worth is over US$120 billion dollars makes it easier to be a philanthropist, but also a hypocrite.
In which of those categories does Mr. Gates fit? We will let you decide.