Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi: I'll Never Run for Office

Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during the opening session of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit on Oct. 9, 2012.
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates insists he will never run for political office.

Gates told the Abu Dhabi Media Summit on Tuesday that he can have more impact with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation than he would as a politician.

He said his current role doesn't require him to "try to get elected," nor does it "have term limits of eight years," as do some elected American offices.

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Gates said he expects to work full time for the rest of his life in philanthropy, but he would be happy to offer the U.S. president his advice.

In a wide-ranging talk, Gates discussed his foundation's work fighting polio, and he encouraged the Gulf's entrepreneurs to develop technology that helps both rich and poor.

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