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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: Student Q&A 2017

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Published on Mar 23, 2017

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A Q&A session with two of the worlds richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. In this Q&A Bill and Warren take questions from Columbia University students and others through Facebook on a wide array of topics. The questions range from health care to investing to their favourite books.

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Video Segments:
0:00 Introduction
5:09 What makes your friendship so satisfying
6:05 Most important qualities
7:33 What has constant learning done for your life
8:44 Optimistic about the future
10:20 What surprises you most about Bill
10:58 What surprises you about Warren
12:43 Bridge
13:06 Start of Q&A
13:27 How to best allocate resources in vaccines under current presidential policies?
17:57 What are you most hopeful/worried about in this new political environment?
25:28 Ramifications/Implications of predictive technology?
27:27 Books that changed your life/ What do you admire about each other?
31:39 How did you overcome the fear of risk?
36:08 What industry would you start a business in today?
40:16 Solution to rise in unemployment from automation?
43:38 What steps need to be taken to improve education?
46:08 How to talk about climate change to those losing jobs in fossil fuels?
48:22 How to convince investors to think beyond short term investing?
53:53 Main considerations when donating to a cause?
59:01 Advice on immigration and health care reform?
1:03:42 Balance of providing health care with business and economics?
1:04:56 Thoughts on tackling problems domestically before abroad?
1:08:08 How to encourage innovation?
1:09:01 Your views vs the public's?
1:13:37 Lessons on relationships?

Interview Date: 27th January, 2017
Event:Columbia Business School
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