Mr. Gates has been the guiding genius in all our giving. He came to us first to undertake certain business matters requiring talent of a high order and he showed phenomenal business ability. He combined with this the rare qualify – born, no doubt, because he had the right kind of heart – of being able to direct the distribution of money with great vision. We all owe much to Mr. Gates, and his helpfulness should be generously recognized. He combines business skill and philanthropic aptitude to a higher degree than any other man I have ever known.
– John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
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