Don't expect to see Bill Gates joining his recently told CNN he's more concerned about working to eradicate disease here on Earth, than reach for the stars., whether by establishing a space-focused company, or by heading there himself. Elon Musk is CEO and founder of SpaceX; Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos briefly rocketed to the edge of space and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson . But Gates
"The space race, a lot of that is a commercial market," Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told the network's Becky Anderson last week. "Having great internet connections throughout Africa is a good thing. Using observation satellites to see what's going on with agriculture and climate change. So that's not philanthropically motivated altogether.
"Until we can get rid of malaria and tuberculosis, and all these diseases that are so terrible in poor countries, that's going to be my total focus," he said.
Another disease has been in his sights for a long time now: polio. Gates told CNN if he had one single hope for 2022, it would be to eradicate that insidious disease.
"That's a big, important cause to me," he said. "So, if Afghanistan can stay stable, it looks like we'll finally get wild polio down to zero. And we've been working on that for over 20 years."