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Our American citizenship, wealthy parents aid our success —Bill, Melinda Gates

Our American citizenship, wealthy parents aid our success —Bill, Melinda Gates
June 17
12:43 2013

Billionaire couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, have said that being born American to wealthy parents are some of the factors that were responsible for their ultimate success.

In an introduction to The Goalkeepers 2019 Report — their foundation’s annual report card on the world’s progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, the Gateses noted that when individuals lack such privileges, their probability of being poor is high.

“We were born in a wealthy country to white, well-off parents who lived in thriving communities and were able to send us to excellent schools.

“These factors, among many others, put us in a great position to be successful,” the billionaire couple said.

They lament that there are billions of people on the other side of these dividing lines, however, noting, “For hundreds of millions of people around the world, hardship is all but guaranteed.”

They say that if one views life as a journey, every single disadvantage makes the journey harder; disclosing that, for them as Americans from wealthy homes, “Our path forward has been relatively clear of obstacles.”

This is not the same for persons born in poor countries to poor families, especially if they are female, the Gateses said.

“For a girl born in the Sahel, one of the poorest regions in the world, getting to a healthy, productive life requires overcoming hurdle after hurdle after hurdle,” they said; expressing disapproval for such a life.

“We believe that’s wrong. Every person should have an equal opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life,” they said.

Tracing their foundation’s activities, they said, “For the past 20 years, we’ve invested in health and development in low-income countries, because the worst inequality we’ve ever seen is children dying from easily preventable causes.

“In the United States, we’ve invested primarily in education, because a good school is a key to success, but you’re less likely to have access to one if you’re low-income, a student of colour, or both.”

Source: Punch newspapers

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