The billionaire balked at Warrens tax policies during a conference on Wednesday, prompting a response from the Democratic candidate

Elizabeth Warren, who has welcomed, and even rejoiced in the ire of billionaires who oppose her plans to tax the wealthy, can now count the second richest person in the world among her skeptics.

Speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balked at Warrens tax policies. Ive paid over $10bn in taxes. Ive paid more than anyone in taxes, he said. If I had to pay $20bn, its fine. But when you say I should pay $100bn, then Im starting to do a little math over what I have left over.

Warren, who has proposed a 6% tax on wealth over 10 figures, reassured Gates that he wouldnt have to pay $100bn, and offered to meet with him to explain.

Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren)

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.)

November 7, 2019

At the conference, Gates had said, Im not sure how open-minded she is or that shed even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.

Warren responded: Im always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views.

Despite being a vocal critic of Donald Trump, Gates also wouldnt commit to supporting Warren in a hypothetical race between her and Trump: Im not going to make political declarations. But I do think no matter what policy somebody has in mind whoever I decide will have the more professional approach in the current situation, probably is the thing I will weigh the most. And I hope that the more professional candidate is an electable candidate.

Critics pointed out that the Microsoft founder and philanthropist would still remain extremely wealthy under Warrens plan.

Lee Fang (@lhfang)

If Elizabeth Warren passed her extra 6 percent wealth tax on fortunes over $1 billion and Bill Gates never gained a single dollar again from any of his investments, he’d still be a billionaire 60 years from now

November 6, 2019

And even if he were to pay that much, hed still have some money left over.

Steadman (@AsteadWesley)

Even if someone was asking Bill Gates to pay 100 billion in taxes (they’re not), he’d have 6 billion left over

November 6, 2019

This isnt the first time Warren has contended with disgruntled billionaires. Last week, the billionaire money manager Leon Cooperman exchanged tense words with Warren on Twitter and sent her a letter criticizing her vilification of the rich.

Leon can and should pitch in more, she responded, so that every kid has the same opportunities he did to succeed.



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