Bill Gates Addresses G20 Summit; Forbes Named 5th Most Powerful Person in the World; Gates' Reaction to Company's Courier Tablet

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who spoke at the G20 summit in France last week, was named the fifth most powerful person in the world by Forbes, and also the subject of a in-depth report by CNet's Jay Greene on why Microsoft killed its Courier tablet.French President and G20 Chair President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Bill Gates […]

Bill GatesMicrosoft chairman Bill Gates, who spoke at the G20 summit in France last week, was named the fifth most powerful person in the world by Forbes, and also the subject of a in-depth report by CNet's Jay Greene on why Microsoft killed its Courier tablet.

French President and G20 Chair President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Bill Gates to speak, with the billionaire philanthropist focusing on financing for development.

Gates addressed the G20 this week, underlining the importance of remaining committed to alleviating poverty for the members that are part of the group.

"It was a great privilege to have been asked by G20 Chair President Nicolas Sarkozy to address the G20 on financing for development, and to be able to hear, in person, world leaders' strong commitment to ensuring that the needs of the poorest are not neglected," said Gates.

The Microsoft co-Founder stressed that it was a privilege to "hear, in person, world leaders' strong commitment to ensuring that the needs of the poorest are not neglected," he revealed.

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