Bill Gates and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren are tweeting each other, according to foreign media reports, and it looks like they may soon have a real-life conversation. The conversation between the two men begins with the New York Times DealBook conference.
CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Gates at the event what his first question was about Warren’s proposed 6 percent wealth tax on billionaires.
As part of his response, he discussed how the wealth tax would affect him.
Mr Gates’s response shows that he has personally paid $10 billion in taxes, “and I pay more tax than anyone else.” If I had to pay $20 billion, it would be fine. But when you say you bite me to pay $100 billion, I’m going to start counting how much I have left. “
Moreover, Gates isn’t sure whether Warren has an open mind, or whether she’s willing to sit down and talk to someone with a lot of wealth.
In response, Warren responded on Twitter that night that she was, in fact, happy to have further discussions with Gates about the wealth tax.
This morning, Gates responded on Twitter that, while he didn’t fully agree with the meeting, at least he sounded interested in talking to Warren about how to combat wealth inequality.
Perhaps The Beer Summit on Wealth Inequality won’t happen any time soon, but perhaps the two will soon discuss the issue. Now that they’ve been chatting on Twitter, maybe they’ll be tweeting back and forth like this.