- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

World’s Richest Man: $2 a Day is Survivable if You Have Chickens

© Flickr / KimliHana the Chicken, the mascot of a motorcycle shop on the North Shore
Hana the Chicken, the mascot of a motorcycle shop on the North Shore - Sputnik International
The world’s richest man offers survival advice to humanity’s most impoverished.

On Tuesday, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, whose net worth is said to be a whopping $79 billion and who daily earns an additional $20 million on interest alone, advised those living in extreme poverty to get a hen house.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrusts his fist in the air as he arrives with his wife Jane at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
Bernie or Bust: What Happens to Sanders’ Supporters Now?

In a piece titled, "Why I Would Raise Chickens," the tech mogul doled out survival advice for economically disenfranchised people living off of the equivalent of $2 per day in countries where Microsoft profitably outsources much of their workforce.

Gates suggested that he, too, could survive on $2 a day, and said that, if faced with the brutality of extreme poverty, he would find a way to survive harsh terrain, economic exploitation, endemic corruption, and a constant threat of murder by "empowering" himself and his destitute community to raise chickens.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a town hall meeting at Nashua Community College in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Sputnik International
Death of the Two-Party System? US Election Could Turn Into a 4-Way Race

The man with the highest net worth in the world asserted that chickens are a good "investment" for the world’s poorest.

In Africa, chickens cost an average of $5 apiece, but within months one hen could produce as many as 40 chicks, providing income to economically ravaged people. Eggs serve as a critical source of protein and nutrition and can help to keep starving families alive.

The world’s most successful entrepreneur argues that chicken ownership can also pave the way for the social advancement of women "because chickens are small and typically stay close to home," allowing women to tend to a flock of hens while balancing their child-raising and domestic duties.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio - Sputnik International
Bernie Sanders vs. US Democrats: ‘He Is Refusing to Get Stomped All Over’

One could be critical about the tone-deaf way in which the mega-billionaire offers to end centuries of geopolitical and economic oppression, but Gates doubles down, and wants all to know, "It sounds funny, but I mean it when I say that I am excited about chickens."

Fortunately, along with his survival advice, comes a move by his Gates Foundation to provide 30% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa with hens and roosters, vaccinated to keep them disease free.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала