Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates cited a survey done in the United States on “where will the next big success and where the next Bill Gates come from” when visiting the town of Boao in south China’s Hainan Province. He noted that 60% of Americans said the next success would come from Asia. That’s true as it’s well recognized that the investment and changes here are leading to very innovative work, said Gates at the annual session of the Boao Forum for Asia, which opened Saturday. Established in 2001, the Boao Forum for Asia has become the premier platform for discussions about economic development in the world’s largest continent. This year’s BFA annual conference attracted more than 1,400 most influential politicians, business leaders and intellectuals from Asia and around the globe.
According to the world’s richest man, Microsoft established its first research center in Asia about 10 years ago and currently is spending 60% of its research and development budget in Asia. The quality of job by Microsoft’s development centers in Asia is among the best in the world, he added. Gates said the opportunity that a person has used to be largely determined by the country they were living in, but now the opportunity is much more determined by the level of education that they received. “And so not only is Asia benefiting from the uses of new technology, Asia will increasingly be the source of advances in technology.