Bill Gates Open to Voting Trump, Worried about Warren's Tax Plan

Microsoft Co Founder Bill Gates Blames Antitrust Case for Windows Mobile Losing to Android

Getty Images for The New York Times AFP Bill Gates said"If it hadn't been for the antitrust case... we were so close

"If I had to pay $20 billion, it's fine", Gates said during a New York Times conference when discussing a possible wealth tax.

"But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over", he added.

"Some billionaires seem confused about how much they would pay under my Two Cent Wealth Tax", Warren wrote in a press release, after Gates suggested he wasn't open to paying $100 billion.

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A few hours after the comments, Ms. Warren said she was willing to meet with Mr. Gates to explain her plan in more detail.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates became the latest billionaire to share his perspective on Warren's tax plan, saying the lack of incentive would curb business innovation in the United States, reported the BBC.

Gates points towards a US Justice Department antitrust investigation as a contributing factor to Windows Mobile losing to Android in the mobile market space, "If it hadn't been for the antitrust case. we were so close, I was just too distracted".

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Gates noted that he believes wealthy individuals should pay more taxes than they now do. Including the increase on billionaires to pay for Medicare-for-All, that figure would go up to $6.31 billion. On Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon - worth an estimated $1.6 billion - told CNBC that the Democratic presidential candidate "vilifies successful people".

"I feel bad: We probably will at some point accept someone into the Giving Pledge and it will turn out that their fortune is a disreputable fortune", he said. "I hope the more professional candidate is an electable candidate". While speaking to The New York Times' DealBook conference, Gates described the legal battle as a distraction. Earlier this year, Gates called losing to Android his "greatest mistake ever", admitting that the loss was worth $400 billion. The tax forms a key part of her populist campaign, and Warren has welcomed her public clashes with billionaires to highlight her progressive zeal.

Bill Gates envisions an alternate reality where, instead of Google's Android being the most popular, widely-used smartphone operating system in the world, a version of Windows for smartphones is on top.

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"America has a moral, ethical and economic responsibility to tax our wealth more", they said in a letter, proposing that the money be spent on tackling climate change and economic inequality.

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