Speaking to an audience in New York City, Microsoft co-founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates expressed concern about some of the tax plans being floated by Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren and wondered how receptive she would be to opposing viewpoints.
“You know, I’m not sure how open-minded she is, or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody, you know, who has large amounts of money,” Gates told an interviewer at the New York Times DealBook Conference Wednesday.
To which, Warren replied, “Bring it on.”
I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $100 billion.) https://t.co/m6G20hDNaV— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019
Warren’s $100 billion quip was in response to another comment Gates made at the conference. He said he has already paid more than $10 billion in taxes over the course of his lifetime and would be fine with paying even $20 billion. “But, you know, when you say I should pay $100 billion, O.K., then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over,” he added. “Sorry, I’m just kidding.”
The populist Warren has made a name for herself attacking what she calls corporate greed and excess wealth. She has suggested new taxes on Americans whose net worth exceeds $50 million and included a proposal for an annual tax of 6 percent on households worth more than $1 billion in the Medicare-for-all plan she released last week.
Gates demurred when asked whether he would support Warren over President Donald Trump in a general election, saying only that he prefers the person to take to the office of the president a “professional approach.”