Bill Gates to meet Bono

The richest man in the world is in Dublin today to meet with Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore, President Michael D Higgins and Bono.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, currently worth $66bn (€50bn), is here to discuss the work of his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is a key partner with Ireland in combating hunger and global poverty.

After an early morning meeting with Mr Gilmore at the Department of Foreign Affairs, he will be received mid-morning at Áras an Uactharáin by President Michael D Higgins.

Later today he is expected to hook up with his pal Bono from U2.

The pair have been close friends since late 2005 when they discovered a mutual interest in global relief and helping the poor.

A U2 insider confirmed that Bono is still in the country, but said he had no details of an arrangement for them to meet up today as it was a private matter for Bono.

Bill Gates recalled once: “We became good pals in 2006. I love my work because I get to hang out with a lot of very cool and inspiring people. But none more so than Bono. We’ve worked together a lot since our first meeting.”

The Gates Foundation has to date spent over $25m (€19m) on initiatives in more than 100 countries.

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