World's richest man visits Everton's training facility

25/01/2016  19 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton hosted Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osbourne, to Finch Farm today to promote Sport Relief.

Mr Gates and the Chancellor met players like Phil Jagielka, Tim Howard and Arouna Kone as well as manager, Roberto Martinez and children representing Everton in the Community at the club's Halewood complex.

'It has been a fantastic opportunity to welcome Bill Gates and George Osborne to Everton today.

"The work we do in the community is very important to us as a club and Everton are really proud to be supporting Sport Relief this year," Martinez told the press.

"Its great to be involved in an amazing initiative that gets people active and raises money, not only to help kids here in Liverpool but also to fight devastating diseases such as malaria in some of the worlds poorest communities."  

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Brin Williams
1 Posted 25/01/2016 at 18:39:47
Where was Bill, was he working 24/7 or having a day off?
Paul Hughes
2 Posted 25/01/2016 at 19:11:27
Any chance of Bill Gates buying the club?
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 25/01/2016 at 19:36:33
I knew it I just knew it – Bill Gates wants to buy Everton!! Unfortunately, when he asked how much the club was going for no had an answer.

As an aside, some disgusting attacks on Jags for talking to that Tory twat, George Osborne, on social media. For gods sake, it was a charity event and they were there to raise money but some people prefer to shoot first and ask questions later.

Brin Williams
4 Posted 25/01/2016 at 20:35:46
Hey Colin, Tory Twat or not, he brought the richest man in the world to see Everton!!

Or perhaps Bill Gates was looking for a phenomenal PR man?

Harold Matthews
5 Posted 25/01/2016 at 21:28:44
Telecoms chief, Carlos Slim, is the world's richest man. $8 billion ahead of Mr Gates.
Julian Wait
7 Posted 25/01/2016 at 21:51:44
Harold, not that it matters, but they seem to be almost neck and neck. Bill Gates is top of Forbes 2015 list by a "mere" US$2.1bn (Wikipedia).

I think we'd be happy with either, although truth be told I am not sure their individual wealth can really compete with the extreme institutional wealth of the UAE and such. Still, would be a step up.

Gates is a fine man doing great work with his money, so the only attraction of EFC to him might be our wonderful profile with EITC and such. Maybe Amanda Holden was an inspired signing .....

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 25/01/2016 at 22:08:56
I think they were bang out of order Brin. This was part of Bill Gates campaign to eradicate malaria and to see Everton in the community but the nutters on twitter went ballistic and started having a go at Jags.

Please, please, please let Bill Gates buy us.

Tony Doran
9 Posted 25/01/2016 at 22:45:09
I bet Bill had a half-time Chang and famous bland hot-dog.
Douglas McClenaghan
10 Posted 25/01/2016 at 22:51:51
The blue screen of death could have an Everton badge in the middle.
Simon Smith
11 Posted 26/01/2016 at 00:03:59
Couldn't Everton claim some sort of sport relief and as Mr Gates to save us from Mr Kenwright?
Gordon Crawford
12 Posted 26/01/2016 at 00:18:52
Watch this space... lol!
Derek Thomas
13 Posted 26/01/2016 at 01:01:10
As near as we'll get to a buy-out.
Rob Hooton
14 Posted 26/01/2016 at 07:22:31
Idiots attacking Everton for this, it's about raising the profile of worthy causes, you heartless planks!

Hopefully Amanda can persuade a new Bill to invest...

Alan Williams
15 Posted 26/01/2016 at 08:23:58
Great for EitC to get Bill Gates and the Chancellor in to the club, Politics has no place in football – it's where we go to get away from our everyday woes and getting the Nations Chancellor to be there is excellent for EitC.

We all had the chance to vote in the general election, thereafter you have to work with whoever holds that seat and that is a wise move – something Manchester Labour leaders did in the '80s & '90s and their City prospered while we were run by wankers like Hatton and Mulhern that put our great city in decline by putting their heads in the sand.

Even if Labour (god forbid) was in power, I would welcome the Chancellor in to EFC for such an event. I looked at Twitter last night and I was embarrassed by the utter hatred put to others when it was a platform for a charity to save lives, mainly in the third world, backed by excellent work done by LSTM, something like EitC we should be proud of. Lose your blinkers and embrace what was a positive story, get a life, people.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 26/01/2016 at 08:32:50
Amanda Holden needs to get her finger out and convince Bill Gates to invest!
Phil Walling
17 Posted 26/01/2016 at 08:59:26
I've little doubt 'the idiots' were all RS sympathisers!

BBC World Service reporting that Gates's $55M fortune is enough to buy Everton 45 times over. Just once would be enough!

Don Alexander
18 Posted 26/01/2016 at 10:38:00
Maybe Gates was seeking insight on how shite management can quickly make what had been on an upward curve hit the buffers and collapse!
Andy Codling
20 Posted 27/01/2016 at 07:01:31
Another low, Jagielka with a George Osbourne Everton shirt.
How revolting!!!
Andy Codling
21 Posted 27/01/2016 at 07:06:41
Charity event or not, Osborne the man who has prospered whilst record numbers of food banks are needed across the country and homelessness has increased 55 percent.

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