(Disclaimer: Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made up 11% of Africa Check’s income in 2020.)
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it,” the quote reads.
But is this quote an accurate reflection of something Gates said? We investigated.
Quote nowhere to be found
A Google search for the quote also led to an article by Quote Investigator. It says a very similar quote has been “ascribed to Walter Chrysler who was famous for starting the Chrysler car company” and that both attributes are “probably not” true.
There is no verifiable evidence Bill Gates ever said he’d choose a “lazy person to do a hard job”.
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