Bill Gates--perhaps you've heard of him--speaks at Concordia


The richest man in the world apparently wasn't available. But Concordia College made do with Bill Gates--only the second-wealthiest person on the planet--who came to the Moorhead campus Saturday morning.

According to the college's web site, some 3,800 attended the event, where Gates spoke for an hour. Concordia has also posted videos and photos as proof that the whole thing actually happened.

According to WDAY-TV in Fargo, Gates mostly just hung back and chatted with students. You know, no big deal.

Actually, the station reports, Gates donned all of his hats--billionaire, philanthropist, entrepreneur--for the visit.

“I think it’s a wonderful time to be a student,” Gates said in his remarks. “It’s going to take all the ingenuity that all of you have to find the solutions.”

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports the 57-year-old spoke about innovation and philanthropy--among other things--as part of the dedication festivities for Grant Center, home of the college's Offutt School of Business. Gates, who took pre-selected questions from students, spoke about his travels with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well, the Forum reports.

“This, as our students might say, is an epic day for Concordia,” Ron Offutt, the business school's namesake, said in introductions.

Oh, the richest man in the world? That would be Mexico's Carlos Slim, who just edges out Gates with some $67 billion and spare change.

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