Bill Gates is accused of hypocrisy after joining bidding war to buy the world’s largest private jet operator – one month before he releases his book preaching about climate change

Daily Mail:

  • The Microsoft boss’s company Cascade Investment entered the bidding war for British private jet servicing company Signature Aviation Friday
  • Cascade teamed up with Blackstone Group to make a $4.3 billion bid
  • Cascade and Blackstone now go head-to-head with private equity firm Carlyle
  • Gates’ Cascade already owns a 19 percent stake in Signature 
  • News of Gates’ pursuit of the private jet firm raised eyebrows given its actions are at direct odds with his very vocal stance on climate change
  • In February, Gates will release his book ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need’ 
  • In it he sets out his plans for how the world can reach zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent a climate crisis
  • This comes months after he published a blog post lecturing the public that climate change ‘could be worse’ than the coronavirus pandemic
  • Signature Aviation handles 1.6 million private jet flights every year
  • A private jet flight emits up to 40 times as much carbon per passenger as regular commercial flights, according to research 

Bill Gates has been accused of hypocrisy after entering a bid to buy the world’s largest private jet operator, just one month before he releases a book preaching about climate change

The Microsoft boss’s company Cascade Investment entered the bidding war for Signature Aviation Friday, teaming up with Blackstone Group to make a $4.3 billion play for the British private jet servicing company.  

Cascade and Blackstone are now going head-to-head with private equity firm Carlyle, which had already made an initial takeover approach.

Gates’ Cascade already owns a 19 percent stake in Signature making it the firm favorite to win the bid.

But news of Gates’ pursuit of the private jet firm has raised eyebrows given the company’s actions are at direct odds with his very vocal stance on climate change. 

It comes just one month before Gates releases his hotly-anticipated book, ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need’, where he sets out his plans for how the world can reach zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent a climate crisis. 

It also comes just months after he published a blog post lecturing the public that climate change ‘could be worse’ than the coronavirus pandemic. 

Signature Aviation handles 1.6 million private jet flights every year. And every single private jet flight emits up to 40 times as much carbon per passenger as a regular commercial flight, according to a 2019 report by aviation firm Honeywell Aerospace.  

Several people were quick to point out the hypocrisy in Gates’ latest business venture on social media Friday. 

Bill Gates, one of the most prominent climate change activists, has a big investment in a company that runs small airports for the mega-rich’s private jets,’ one person wrote.

‘What does climate change have to do with flying around in private jets? Ask Bill.’

Another objected to being lectured by one of the world’s richest men on climate change while he buys up jets and jet companies.

‘Let’s not hear from Bill Gates about climate change please. Investing in private jet companies,’ they tweeted.  

‘Gates is consistent: ‘We cannot get to zero emissions simply—or even mostly—by flying and driving less.’ Still, it should be hard to demand action on climate change *and* promote private jets,’ tweeted another. 

Should Cascade win the bid for Signature, any deal is likely to still be in the works when Gates’ book is released on February 16.

The book aims to educate people about the need to work toward net-zero emissions  and how individuals can help achieve this goal. 

In the book’s foreword, it states that Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. 

In August, the billionaire philanthropist warned in a blog on his Gates Notes site that ‘as awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse.’ 

‘A global crisis has shocked the world. It is causing a tragic number of deaths, making people afraid to leave home, and leading to economic hardship not seen in many generations. Its effects are rippling across the world,’ Gates wrote. 

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