He arrived by helicopter at 10 in the morning and was on stage at Zellerbach by 11:15. The theme of his lecture, part of a five-campus tour, was “Giving Back: Finding the Best Way to Make a Difference.” For an hour the Microsoft founder talked about the work of the Gates Foundation and the role of universities like Berkeley in innovating to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. The event, which will be webcast beginning at 5 p.m. on April 21st, was for students only, and questions from the audience were read by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer.
After the lecture, Gates granted limited access to the press, including The Daily Californian. California magazine was privileged to get a few minutes with the software mogul turned global philanthropist before he headed off to Stanford. Among other things, we wanted to know why he wasn’t going to leave all his money to the kids. Read the results here.