Bill and Melinda Gates have spoken out about the ongoing pandemic and how black Americans should be the ones to receive the anticipated vaccine first...

Bill Gates is a pretty successful man, to say the least.

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He doesn't have the shabbiest of resumes; he is the co-founder of Microsoft, and is now one of the richest men in the world, with his net worth coming in at around $100 billion dollars.

Microsoft has grown to become one of the largest tech companies in the world.

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The company wrote and developed one of the most-used computer software in the world. According to Forbes, Microsoft is the third biggest company in the world, with an estimated worth of $947 billion dollars.

Not bad for a college drop out...

Yep, Bill never actually graduated. He initially left Seattle and enrolled at Harvard University in the fall of 1973, aiming for a career in law after pressure from his parents. However, he would spend more time in the computer lab than he would in class, and he rarely studied for his exams.

He dropped out of college in 1975.

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College life isn't for everyone. A mere 2 years after enrolling, Bill left Harvard and re-joined his partner, Paul Allen, whom he had started a small computer company with when he was just fifteen. Beats what I was doing when I was fifteen...

Bill and Paul were childhood friends...

And they were wild about computers. But they were living in an age wherein access to computers was sparse, so they would often skip class together and sneak into their school's only computer room.

Though they didn't get expelled for this...

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Nope. The school were actually so impressed by their computer skills that, instead of punishing the boys, they offered them unlimited computer time in exchange for help with improving the school computer's performance.

The boys started a small company from the school.

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Instead of going to parties, smoking cigarettes round the back of the bikesheds, or partaking in any of the other generic high school shenanigans, Bill and Paul actually launched their first computer company while in high school, labeled Traf-O-Data. They even sold a computer to the City of Seattle, which was then used to count traffic.

Cue the birth of Microsoft...

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Fast forward a couple of years and the pair had created their company, Microsoft. The name Microsoft came from a blend of the words "micro-computer" and "software," and was officially launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976.

Microsoft went from strength to strength.

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After nearly ten years of writing and developing the Microsoft operating systems, the company released its crowning achievement in 1985: Microsoft Windows.

Windows became the staple computer operating system.

All you '80s and '90s kids will certainly remember that iconic Windows logo. The software, which was a multitasking environment for IBM computers, would come to dominate the world's personal computers (PCs), and made Bill a billionaire by the age of thirty-one.

And he didn't stop there...

Bill, who became Microsoft's standing CEO, took the company to new heights and continued to release ground-breaking software and operational systems for computers.

It seems that Bill has experienced nothing but success with Microsoft.

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The fact that he's one of the world's richest men alone tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it? Microsoft is one of the world's most respected companies, and I, for one, can't picture anything ever going wrong for them.

And throughout all of his successes...

He has had his wife, Melinda, by his side.

They have been married since 1994...

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And they have accomplished a hell of a lot together, including setting up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to reduce poverty and enhance healthcare in the United States.

They're also known for being incredibly generous...

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And they've donated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years to numerous charities and organizations around the world.

And when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic...

The couple donated a staggering $100 million to help researchers find a vaccine. Of course, a vaccine hasn't yet been found but this eye-watering sum of money will have made such a difference to the healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly over the last few months.

Bill and Melinda are feeling optimistic about a vaccine being found...

But there's no denying that the United States hasn't handled the pandemic well at all, which has lead to our country to hold the highest death toll in the world.

The couple has recently spoken about the way in which our country has handled the pandemic...

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And they are not impressed, to say the least. Speaking exclusively to Forbes, the pair discussed the lack of leadership our country has shown and how we should be handling a potential vaccine.

Bill slammed our government for their handling of the pandemic...

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"At some point, there needs to be a responsible plan for how the US cooperates with other countries," he said. "Usually the United States plays a role in global problem-solving, so rather than withdrawing from WHO, they'd be involved, collaborating with other countries, not just trying to cast blame. It's a tricky situation, where the US sort of turned inward on this one."

Melinda then spoke of the potential vaccine...

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"One of the reasons we are so involved in this is that you don't want the first vaccines to go to the highest-bidding countries," Melinda explained. "There are 60 million healthcare workers [around the world]. They deserve to get the vaccine first, they're the ones dealing with this on the front lines, trying to keep us all safe. And then you have to start to tier from there, based on the countries and the populations."

She then explained how black Americans should also be the ones to get the vaccine first.

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"Here in the United States, it's going to be black people who really should get it first and many indigenous people, as well as people with underlying symptoms, and then elderly people."

Studies have found that black people are 4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people are...

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The risk of death for people from Chinese and mixed ethnic groups was found to be similar to that for white people - which was significantly lower than that of black people.

It is currently unknown as to why black people are at a higher risk...

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But these are biological facts and this is exactly why Melinda has stressed the importance of black Americans getting the vaccine first.

Watch their full interview here...

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