Since the pandemic began, “my life has changed completely,” Bill Gates said in an episode of the new podcast, “Bill Gates and Rashida Jones are asking big questions.”
One of the biggest changes? The billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft said he had not been to a physical office since March.
“I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that there are parts I like,” Gates said.
Before the pandemic, Gates spent much of his time traveling on business, speaking at conferences, raising money through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and “sitting in the office with colleagues,”
Now “it’s a simpler schedule.”
Like many people, Gates now spends less time traveling. “If I still drive somewhere, there’s no traffic,” he said.
And while Gates said he usually likes to travel on business trips because they allow for productive face-to-face meetings, travel can also disrupt “being careful,” as well as his reading time and even sleep quality, he said. .
(These days, Gates said, he read mostly about the pandemic: “My overall reading hasn’t grown that much.” And Gates has previously said that he’s also strict about his sleep pattern and gets a full seven hours every night, plus takes an afternoon nap.)
Another advantage of being at home is spending time with your older children, Gates said. “I was lucky to have more time with kids who are in college, [and] I didn’t expect to be home. ”
Gates has three children by his wife Melinda: Jennifer, 24; Rory, 21 and Phoebe, 18.
“I didn’t realize that insecurity weighed on young people trying to make their plans, trying to build their friends,” he said. (A recent study by the American Psychological Association found that Gen-Z adults, between the ages of 18 and 23, reported the highest levels of stress during a pandemic compared to other generations.)
Of course, Gates’ situation is unique: many without his resources struggle to work remotely, educate children at home, and stay safe during a pandemic.
On Thursday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allocated an additional $ 70 million for global efforts to develop and distribute Covid-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries, on top of more than $ 350 million that went to support the global response to Covid-19.
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