Bill Gates calls Jeffrey Epstein meeting 'a mistake in judgment'

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"If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine", Gates said during a New York Times conference when discussing a possible wealth tax.

"You know, I'm not sure how open-minded she is or that she'd be willing to sit down with someone who has large amounts of money", Gates said, responding to a question about whether he would speak to Warren about his concerns. It is an interesting opinion that runs counter to what many tech historians may feel is accurate, but as far as Gates is concerned, Microsoft was positioned to make Windows Mobile more popular than Android (instead, Gates in 2017 ditched his Windows Phone for an Android handset).

A few mocked his math, out that "even if someone was asking Bill Gates to pay $100 billion in taxes, and nobody is, he would still have more money left over than Oprah and Richard Branson have combined".

Touching on a variety of topics, from Microsoft's antitrust case history to political ads on social media to Jeff Bezos in space, Gates was asked about Warren and her 2020 presidential aspirations.

As it turns out, however, Warren was eager to have a sit down with the Microsoft billionaire, as she said in a tweet Wednesday.

Gates points towards a US Justice Department antitrust investigation as a contributing factor to Windows Mobile losing to Android in the mobile market space, "If it hadn't been for the antitrust case. we were so close, I was just too distracted". In addition, Warren's proposed tax on foundation wealth would add another $2 billion to $3 billion.

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Other ultra-wealthy Americans including George Soros and Abigail Disney have lobbied for a moderate wealth tax and cited Warren's proposal as an example, Business Insider previously reported. "I've paid over $10 billion in taxes, I've paid more than anyone", Gates, one of the world's wealthiest individuals, said in the interview. Including the increase on billionaires to pay for Medicare-for-All, that figure would go up to $6.31 billion.

Gates adds, "Should rich people pay more in taxes?"

At an event in NY last month, the tech giant showed off the pocket-friendly product for the first time, although it will not be available until the Christmas period of 2020. "(I promise it's not $100 billion)", she said.

"I hope the more professional candidate is an electable candidate", he added.

Democratic candidate and Senator, Elizabeth Warren has been a strong advocate of implementing a wealth tax.