Bridging a divide between rich and poor: Bill Gates held a private meeting with some of India's richest citizens, "in a bid to encourage" more charity there.

"US billionaire Bill Gates will dine with some of India’s wealthiest people today in a bid to encourage them to give more to charity, in a country where the rich are still seen as relatively tight-fisted. The gathering will be hosted by tycoon Azim Premji, founder of Bangalore-based software giant Wipro and one of India’s biggest donors, an executive close to the businessman said yesterday. 'They will be meeting privately to allow them to speak freely' about philanthropy, the executive said. The meeting comes amid disquiet in India about a yawning divide between the burgeoning wealthy class and hundreds of millions still living in deep poverty." --

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