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Bill Gates: Philanthropy is 'fun' and 'very positive'

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Bill Gates is probably the world's most influential philanthropist with his foundation spending roughly $3bn a year on global health and development projects.

In an interview with Stephen Sackur he says spending his time on philanthropy has been "fun" and "very positive" and that many other rich Americans have signed up to his Giving Pledge initiative.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 18 May 2011 at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT and on BBC News Channel on 18 May at 0430 and 19 May at 0030 BST.

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