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Video: Bill Gates wrote the checks, and Melinda drove the vision for foundation campus

Bill Gates could have written the checks for his foundation’s lovely new $500 million campus in the coronary heart of Seattle. But it surely was his spouse, Melinda, who introduced the vision to life and drove the course of over the previous six years.

In a lighthearted second at tonight’s opening ceremony (video under), Bill Gates joked that he saved writing the checks as the price ticket saved going up for the 12 acre campus subsequent to Seattle’s iconic Area Needle.

“Throughout the constructing mission, I wasn’t a lot concerned. So, I get no actual credit score in any respect, besides in a single small manner, which is, as the finances modified, I accommodated the change,” Gates stated to laughs from the crowd. “So, I assumed, wow, it should be a fairly good place, figuring out the place that quantity lastly arrived at. However, truly coming right here, it’s even manner higher than I anticipated. It truly is a fairly distinctive place.”

The occasion was attended by a variety of dignitaries, from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to Zillow.com Chairman Wealthy Barton.

In feedback to the media, Melinda Gates stated that she needs the foundation to “really feel extra clear to folks” and for the thriller of the group to vanish as members of the neighborhood turn into extra engaged in its mission. Whereas the foundation has a worldwide mission, she additionally identified that it very a lot is rooted in Seattle.

(See earlier put up: “Inside look at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new Seattle HQ”)

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