Bill and Melinda Gates were featured on "60 Minutes" last night, in a segment called "Giving Away a Fortune":

"The Gates have shunned publicity for the most part. But, recently, Melinda Gates agreed to travel around the globe to show '60 Minutes' how they're giving a fortune away. ...

"... Melinda Gates, 46 years old, from Dallas, is a former Microsoft executive who managed 800 people in software development and marketing.

"Now, the work of the foundation is her obsession. This trip with '60 Minutes' wasn't a 'photo-op.' In fact, it took a year to convince her to let us come along. She travels often, probing for facts, analyzing needs, measuring the misery.


"'I have to be here. To see it, and to feel it, and to understand, you know, what motivates these people. What is it that they're doing for their livelihood? Unless I see it and feel it and touch it, I just don't feel like I can do the foundation justice in terms of what we're trying to accomplish,' she explained. ..."

Watch the whole interview here (but beware the Viagra ads).

Learn more about Heifer International's work in East Africa, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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