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Melinda Gates Interviewed by Walt Mossberg

June 09, 2008

The weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal included a special tab devoted to the sixth annual All Things Digital conference. Produced and hosted by Journal technology writers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the event featured interviews with the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Jeff Bezos, and Rupert Murdoch. Melinda Gates also was there and sat down for a one-on-one chat with Mossberg.

In part one of the interview (video highlights below), she and Mossberg talked about her days at Microsoft, how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest, is trying to bring advances in technology (especially biotechnology) to the developing world, and the foundation's approach to problem solving:

And in part two (the more interesting part), she talks about how the foundation is run and her role there, what Bill's role is likely to be when he devotes himself full-time to philanthropy starting in September, and her assessment of the problems of the public school system in the United States and what the foundation is doing to address those problems.

(Don't be put off by the Intel spot before each segment; it is the Wall Street Journal, after all.)

-- Mitch Nauffts

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