Okay, not really (or at least, not because of the following) but those attending his recent speech on malaria must have wondered if the guy had gone all Heath Ledger on them.
“Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.
“I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.”
I don’t think anyone really believed the critters were infected and he told them after a couple minutes that the mosquitoes were, in fact, disease free. But wouldn’t it have been cool if they were diseased. Well, in a big auditorium they would have had to have been held there for some time before the bugs located people by their CO2 emissions and they started getting bitten. I don’t even know if they would bother biting if there was no egg-laying location in the room.
But still – supervillain billionaire! Or is that billionaire supervillain? Kick Bill Gates in the nuts and become the next Batman.