What does the world’s richest man fear most?
Something that, were someone in the alternative media to utter it, would invite ridicule and disdain.
Yet few in the mainstream media bat an eye or bother to raise doubts when Microsoft founder Bill Gates says his biggest fear is a global pandemic that could swallow nations and kill tens of millions of people.
In a recent interview with Vox‘s Ezra Klein, Gates ticked off several scenarios he summarily rated as likely or unlikely to occur in his lifetime that could kill at least 10 million people. Things like a “big volcanic explosion, gigantic earthquake [or] asteroid” hitting the planet – he once believed they might be likely, but now he rates their risk as “very low.”
What about war? There is always the fear of war, and especially nuclear war – but Gates said he doesn’t really worry much about that, because it is just something that is always lurking out there.
However, he does believe that there is something looming that will be every bit as bad as a major war – and it’s something he does not believe the world is ready for.
“Look at the death chart of the 20th century,” he told Klein. “I think everybody would say there must be a spike for World War I. Sure enough, there it is, like 25 million. And there must be a big spike for World War II, and there it is, it’s like 65 million. But then you’ll see this other spike that is as large as World War II right after World War I, and most people, would say, ‘What was that?’