Bill and Melinda Gates join playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda at Hunter College in New York on Tuesday. (Facebook screen grab)
Bill and Melinda Gates answered “10 tough questions” in their annual letter, released Tuesday morning. Later in the day, they answered even more questions by taking part in a Facebook live video chat along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer, playwright and actor known for creating the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.”
In the event from Hunter College in New York, the Gateses were helping Miranda raise money for the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit organization working to provide relief in Puerto Rico, months after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria.
The Gateses and Miranda answered a range of questions from students in the audience and from those following along on Facebook. Even Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social media platform being used Tuesday, weighed in with a question of his own.
If you could ask Melinda and me anything, what would you want to know? We’ll answer a few of your questions live with Lin-Manuel Miranda at Hunter College.
Posted by Bill Gates on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Hunter College President Jennifer Raab introduced the Gateses and Miranda, who is an alumnus of the school in Manhattan.
“Optimism infuses everything we do at Hunter, the place that keeps making the American dream come true,” Raab said, drawing on a consistent Gates theme, that the world is getting better despite the perception that an endless stream of depressing headlines signals otherwise.
Raab invoked the Hunter motto — Mihi cura futuri (The care of the future is mine) — as the Gateses took the stage. “I can think of no better role models than the two of you … you are an inspiration to us all,” she said.
Miranda called being with the billionaire philanthropists “very surreal,” because …read more