Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, on Wednesday said he will give huge portion of his wealth to charity in the coming years just like the man he says he admires so much, Bill Gates did a few years back.
Dangote made the disclosure while appearing on stage with the American tech mogul and philanthropist at the Goalkeepers Summit in New York.
Dangote said, “Honestly one of the things that made me very shocked and surprised is that at that time I hadn’t had the opportunity of meeting Bill but meeting Bill changed me into a different person.
“This is somebody that has nothing to do with us in Africa or Nigeria but he is putting his money and his soul, everything. He is very committed to helping humanity and that really surprises.”
“It surprises me a lot and I realised that he is a simple person and I never knew Bill would be this simple. He is a very soft-spoken guy and kind-hearted. It is very difficult to find people like Bill in this world.
“Bill, we are very grateful, and I can assure you that with my association with Bill, my only prayer is that in the next few years, I will try and give my chunk of wealth to charity.”
It will be recalled that Bill Gate and his wife Melinda in 2010 pledged to give away 95 percent of their wealth.
They have according to records so far committed $45 billion to charitable causes through their foundation.