The Microsoft billionaire opened up about a year of great personal sadness in his 2021.
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Bill Gates says no year was more difficult or unusual than 2021. The world's fourth richest person, worth $139 billion, opened up about his personal struggles in a year-in-review post published on Tuesday.
In his annual post, Gates described 2021 as an incredibly hard year for many people, including him. Gates admitted that he would rather focus on his work over the past year, but offered some insight into his feelings since his divorce was announced in May.
Gates wrote that he and Melinda continued to run their foundation together and had found a good new working rhythm. It has been a year of great personal sadness for me. Adapting to change is never easy.
Gates described himself as an "empty-nester" because of the departure of his two youngest children. Gates thought the highlight of the year was his third child's wedding.
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It was a year of big transitions for the Microsoft billionaire, but he was far from the only thing on his mind. Gates said that he spent a lot of time thinking about the long-term impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic, including what he fears to be a dangerous decline in people's trust in public institutions, a trend he attributed in part to the lack of regulation of social media platforms.
Gates said that he is more worried about the ability of governments to get big things done than he has ever been about. This is the biggest and most important thing that I am working on in the year 2022, according to the billionaire.
Gates is excited about technological advances sparked by the Pandemic that he thinks have the potential to change healthcare, education and office work. Gates said he expects most work meetings will be using 3D digital avatars within the next two or three years.
We are only starting to see how digitization is going to change our lives, as unbelievable as it sounds. There is a lot of potential for technology to give people more options.
Gates predicted that the coronaviruses-related disruptions will come to a close in 2022. He said the world is better prepared to tackle potentially bad variants than at any other point in the epidemic so far. Gates expects communities to see occasional outbreaks in the future. New drugs will be able to take care of most cases and hospitals will be able to handle the rest.
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