A post is being shared on social media, which looks like a response by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to a question from the former U.S. president George Bush. According to the post, George Bush’s question is,’ People of the U.S. are unemployed! Why you are employing foreign Engineers in Microsoft ?’. As per the post, the answer of Bill Gates is,’ if we stop employing foreign engineers, especially from India. Then there will be another Microsoft born in India.’ Let’s fact-check this post through this article.
Claim: Bill Gates said,’ if we stop employing foreign engineers, especially from India. Then there will be another Microsoft born in India.’
Fact: Social media posts with similar claims have existed on the Internet for a very long time. There are no credible news reports about such a statement made by Bill Gates. Bill Gates is a popular figure in the technology & business space, and any statement he makes on India would generally receive extensive media coverage, but in this case, there is nothing. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
We found similar social media posts dating back to 2014 (here and here). A user also posted a question on Quora asking if Bill Gates has ever made such a statement. The discussion can be read here. This was also posted in 2014, which means such a claim has been existing since then.
Factly has run a keyword search on the internet to know if Bill Gates has ever said that if Microsoft stops employing Indians, there will be another Microsoft in India. Except for a few other random social media posts, no substantial information was found on the web. Bill Gates is a popular figure in the technology & business space, and any statement he makes on India would generally receive extensive media coverage, at least in India, but in this case, there aren’t any.
Apart from this, Bill Gates has given his opinion on India in the past, which can be read here and here. The statement that is being attributed to Bill Gates through the viral post is clearly an old hoax.
To sum it up, this post attributes a false statement to Bill Gates as the reason for hiring Indian employees at Microsoft.