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6:46 am on Jan 20, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Bill Gates says he will pay off Nigeria's $76 million debt. I guess he got that email too.
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Or, at least, $76 million of their debt. (My first reaction was: The entire country is only $76M in debt? I know people with student loans adding up to more than that!)
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I know people with student loans adding up to more than that
Sociology majors no doubt.
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76 million doesn’t sound like very much debt for an entire country. Is that all it is?
some European football clubs spend more than that on a single player. That shows you how messed up the world is.
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Is that all it is?
No: if you read the linked article, the $76M is the cost of one specific project, not the whole national debt.
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Misleading headline. It says:

Bill Gates promised to pay off this country's $76 million debt — now he's doing it


Of course it would be almost impossible for the country the size of Nigeria to have that little debt,
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I looked it up. A handful of assorted Pacific Island countries have debts totaling less than $76M. (A few claim to have none. So does Liechtenstein. Never did trust Liechtenstein.) If you can believe Wikipedia, Nigeria's total debt is around $15B, i.e. gigadollars, not megadollars, putting them in the exact middle of the list in raw dollar amounts. But that's only because they’re a huge country--7th in the world, by far the most populous in Africa. Whether per capita or as a proportion of GDP, they're near the bottom of the debt list. (Imagine if your own country’s debt were only $60 per capita. A one-time assessment would pay it off.)
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And what is Bill getting in return? Or just because He is too kind :)
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Same as all the other stuff done by the Gates foundation: People don't remember you for being absurdly rich; they remember you for what you did with the money. Think Carnegie rather than Scrooge McDuck.
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And if you ask who's Scrooge McDuck, that's why ;)
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Where can I get an application for Gates Debt Relief?
 

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