So how do you get inside the mind of one of the world’s richest men and most successful tech leaders? On LinkedIn, of course.
Joining the ranks of luminaries like President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Deepak Chopra and Richard Branson, Bill Gates has landed on the professionals’ social network as its latest LinkedIn influencer. This distinguished group of luminaries offer blog posts for the site, where their musings, advice or insights are featured prominently.
Users can follow influencers individually or by channel. (Branson, for example, has amassed more than 1.8 million followers.) For the writers, it’s an opportunity to connect with the public and dispense wisdom on major social, cultural, business or other trends.
Gates started off by paying homage to an important figure in his life: Warren Buffet. Although the press continually pits them against each other, particularly in wealth rankings, the two men are actually friends. “Three Things I Learned From Warren Buffet” gives the Microsoft founder the chance to express how much he has learned from his pal, from investing to time management.
“The dialogue has been invaluable to me, and not only at Microsoft. When Melinda and I started our foundation, I turned to him for advice. We talked a lot about the idea that philanthropy could be just as impactful in its own way as software had been.”
They jointly devised the Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge in 2010, a written promise to donate half of their enormous fortunes to charity upon their deaths. Buffet even counsels Gates on major Microsoft and and Gates Foundation decisions, and he inspired Gates to write his annual letter covering his various humanitarian efforts. A team effort resulting in more than 20 pages outlining a various and numerous list of projects, including immunization and health care in third-world countries, the letter has become a much-anticipated document in technology, business and philanthropic circles.
The article is a fast read, but it’s essential for anyone interested in how even powerful men find guidance and inspiration in others.