Apr 242013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her out on a date. This was complicated because he was her boss, and frankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love and got married, and decided to raise a family, retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focuses on family planning, agriculture, nutrition and U.S. education. (That nerdy boss, who’s now her husband, turned out to be Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.) We’ve invited her to play a game called “But I meant well, your Majesty.” Three questions about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides financial support for NPR and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me. But as host Peter Sagal notes, Melinda Gates appears in this segment “because there’s nothing more hilarious than her foundation’s work to fight poverty and disease worldwide.”

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now, the game where we ask people who do important things to do something trivial. It’s called Not My Job. Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company, when the boss asked her out on a date.

It was complicated. He was the boss and rankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love, they got married and decided to raise a family and eventually retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are delighted to have her join us now. Melinda Gates, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

(APPLAUSE)

MELINDA GATES: Nice to be here, Peter.

SAGAL: Am I right in that? I have read this. Is it true that your foundation is, in fact, the largest charitable organization ever?

GATES: That is true, and it’s because of both our wealth that’s in the foundation and also our friend Warren Buffett’s wealth is in the foundation.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: I wanted to ask you about this, because you do all this work all around the world, but it must be weird though to have this wealthy foundation that’s involved in this work. Because when I get up in the morning and I read about death, disease, privation, poverty, I go “well, it’s not my problem.”

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: But you could actually fix it.

GATES: Well, some of the diseases, we do feel that we can make a huge difference in. Something like malaria, we feel like the funding that we’ve given and the scientists we’ve been able to garner in the field that hopefully in our lifetimes will actually eradicate malaria off the face of the planet.

PETER GROSZ: I have a bike that I hope to fix that’s not working.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: So I hope to eradicate the non-working bike.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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