‘Billionaire’ Bill Gates says ‘this will be a great deal for the Australian economy’

Posted March 04, 2020 06:04:55 The billionaire philanthropist and former Microsoft CEO says Australia’s economy is “a lot bigger than just Microsoft”.

“I don’t think this will be an easy decision for the Government, but I’m very confident that it will be one that will be good for the country,” Mr Gates told ABC radio on Sunday.

“It’s a lot bigger economy than Microsoft, and I think this is a great opportunity for us to do something very good for our country,” he said.

Mr Gates, who is also the chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Australia would be able to “set its own course”.

He said it was a “very big deal” to give away the country’s “top technology assets” to other countries.

The Gates Foundation has donated over $1 billion to the Commonwealth, the Federal Government and the Australian Government over the past decade.

In his keynote address to the Australia-US summit, Mr Gates also thanked his former colleague and close friend, former US President Donald Trump.

He called Mr Trump a “genius” who “made his fortune” while he was still in office.

On the day he left office, Mr Trump told a rally in Alabama that he was “a realist” about the economy and that he would “continue to do whatever is right for America”.

In a tweet, Mr Donald Trump said: “I will always do whatever it takes to help the US.

I love our country, I love Australia.”

Mr Trump also said he would consider a visit to Australia if the US “remains in the EU”.

The President, who has repeatedly spoken about the need to work with the US and is set to visit Australia later this month, said he hoped to be in Australia by the end of the year.

After leaving office, he said he wanted to help “the American people”, but he would also work with other countries to “reform” their economy.

A US Government spokesperson told The Australian Financial Review that Mr Trump was “not planning a trip to Australia” in the near future.

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