Microsoft founder Bill Gates is asked about 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the New York Times DealBook Conference moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Gates said he doesn't know how "open-minded" Warren is about people with "large amounts of money."
"I've paid over $10 billion in taxes, I've paid more than anyone in taxes," Gates said. "If I'd had to have paid $20 billion, that's fine. But when you say I should pay $100 billion? Okay, I'm starting to do a little math about what I have left over."
"I hope the more professional candidate is an electable candidate," Gates said of 2020.
ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: Have you ever talked to Elizabeth Warren?
BILL GATES, MICROSOFT FOUNDER: I have not.
SORKIN: Would you want to?
GATES: You know, I'm not sure how open-minded she is, or that she would even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.
Warren responded on Twitter, inviting the tech billionaire to sit down with her:
I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $100 billion.) https://t.co/m6G20hDNaV— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019