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Bill Gates and Baidu to Build Their First Project Against Smokers

Bill Gates Baidu Health Foundation

Bill Gates hopes to see more rich people sign up with the Giving Pledge project as well as other charities.

Chairman Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp and Robin Li, CEO of China’s giant search engine Baidu, will join forces to form an alliance for public health. Their first project together under Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Baidu Charitable Foundation is to push for cessation of smoking habit among smokers. Bill Gates said the many people under Baidu are a great asset in getting out health-related messages. He hopes other people will join in. It was Gates’ second trip to China. The first was in September with Warren Buffett when they met with 50 Chinese leaders to talk about charitable donations. Gates encourages the rich to be more charitable and with Buffett started the Giving Pledge project. They traveled to India to spread the project’s aim.

In 1975, Gates co-founded Microsoft which became the world’s giant software maker making Gates one of the world’s richest men, with a net worth of $56 billion. He became less active in managing Microsoft in 2008 and now runs the Gates Foundation. In his trip to China, Gates also met with Chinese Premier Wang Qishan to discuss charity work and poverty reduction. Gates said he met Li a year ago and they started talking about charity. Li said Gates had always been a role model to him even before he began Baidu, that he bought a copy of Gates’ biography after he graduated. Li is from Yangquan, born to factory-worker parents. He received his bachelor’s degree from Peking University and proceeded to get a computer science master’s degree from the State University of New York. Li received a link analysis patent in 1996. The analysis ranks the number of search listings’ though incoming sites’ links. He used the research and founded China’s search engine, Baidu. He is currently one of China’s richest

In their initial project, Li said they will increase smokers’ awareness of the dangers of active and passive smoking. They also intend to spread the health alliance’s initiatives and health messages via online community. There may be over 300 million smokers in China but there are over 477 million Internet users hence it is easier to spread awareness through that avenue. The open-ended public health alliance will be active in China and around the world.


  • Anonymous

    Why do people refer to those who “Smoke” as ” Smokers” ?  Would you rather deal with an asshole 24/7 or a “Smoker who will not smoke around you?”.  If it were such a bad thing, then why does Government allow it ? Why do Investors Invest in Tobacco and Companies who make Cigs.  Are Cigar and Pipe Smokers “Smokers” or is that something totally different?  Pot Smokers? Hash Smokers, Crack Smokers?

    It seems the term “Smokers is Like calling a Gay Man a Fag Gay Woman a Lesbian, or like a “Renter” is looked at as Today’s “Trash”.

    I wonder how much money Bill Gates has made form “Smokers”  I bet Billions.

    So keep in mind, those who Smoke or live with someone who does or a good friend what you call them.

  • http://twitter.com/chewinggumtestr Jimmy B.

    I smoke for psychosomatic reasons and feel that it is ultimately good for my health as my brain needs the instant nicotine relief only a cigarette can give.  

  • Ramona Erdman

    Oh what a bunch of political garbage..What about the alcohol??drunks, dui, car crash,emotional and physical abuse, liver/health problems..WHY don’t they say anything about that?? Read the facts on alcohol/drinks. Money spent on alcoholic’s..
    if one wants to smoke, then smoke, drink then drink, but don’t make smoking out to be the worse.

    • Anonymous

      …or the idiots that “cell phone” and “text” while driving. I’ll bet the jerk would cry if we campaigned against his cell phone use. “If I do it , it’s OK”. Right? I’ve almost had 50 accidents because of these defiant jerks.