Bill Gates won't commit to supporting Warren over Trump

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

But on Wednesday during an appearance at the New York Times' Dealbook conference, the world's second-richest person tried to offer a defense of billionaires in an age of massive income inequality.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference, in New York, Monday, July 8, 2019.

Here are five highlights from the Gates interview.

Gates, speaking at a New York Times conference on Wednesday, said he favored "progressive" taxation but anxious about the impact of a large wealth tax on "innovation".

"I'm not sure how open-minded she is or that she'd even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money", Gates said.

"You really want the incentive system to be there, and you can go a long ways without threatening that", he said.

Gates was quickly proven wrong: Warren called out to Gates in a tweet and said she would "love to explain" exactly how much he would pay under a potential Warren presidency. If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine, ' the Microsoft founder and philanthropist continued. Elizabeth Warren in a back and forth about wealth and taxes.

In the fast-moving mobile market, Gates says Microsoft was "three months too late on a release", which was enough to allow rivals to get a head start.

"Gates said he has talked about space exploration with Bezos, and that he "read a lot of science fiction but I guess not as much as [Bezos and Elon Musk] did".

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Gates has not hidden his distaste for Trump, but he also evinced some dislike for Warren on Wednesday, as well. You know HIV is more impactful, malaria is more impactful. Things did not work out that way in the universe we reside, though according to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Windows Mobile could have won the war, had he not been distracted with an antitrust case brought forward by the US Justice Department. "And I gave him some benefit by the association". "That money never appeared". Gates said that some gifts to foundations could be "more taxed".

"I choose not to participate in large political donations". The group said they were non-partisan and not endorsing any candidate. It's like, oh my God, I have to do all this? "I mean, I have to tell myself, 'Oh I've got to check Instagram because my youngest daughter likes to communicate there, ' I have to check WhatsApp because another child likes to communicate through that".

When it comes to communication, Gates said he prefers emails.



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