Bill Gates and Bill Gates, Sr. on "Showing Up for Life."

Friday, June 04, 2010

Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participates in an event at the Treasury Department on April 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

How do you raise a child who's going to grow up to be wildly successful? (And maybe even a centibillionaire?) That's a version of the question every parent asks themselves. Every parent wants their kids to be successful, to be wise, to be decent people. Very few, when their children are born, think, “I want my kid to be the world’s first centibillionaire.”

But though the Gates family may not have wished that at Bill Gates, Jr.’s birth, that’s exactly what happened. For a period of time, Bill Gates, Jr. was the richest person in the world. Now he’s the second richest, according to Forbes Magazine – which may have something to do with the fact that he keeps giving away his money.

We’re joined by both Bill Gates, Sr. and Jr., to talk about Bill Senior’s new book, “Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime,” and what 'showing up' means: in parenting, in business practices and in other aspects of life.

Guests:

Bill Gates, Sr. and Bill Gates

Produced by:

Samantha Fields, Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

rolodexter from san francisco, ca

I'm having a hard time finding a reason to actually buy into this. It's just really self righteous. You get this self righteous priestly feel to the way he phrases things, like "good family life." "Getting it done right." And a lot of false humility. <a href="http://rolodexter-books.blogspot.com/">And Bill Gate's "forward,"</a> it's a like 150 characters. It's a less than a paragraph. The publisher's milking this one to its bloody pulpy ends.

Jun. 28 2010 02:49 PM

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