Story ‣ Who Is The Richest Person In The World?

In 2016, a journalist asked Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, “Is there anyone in the world richer than you?” he asked.

Bill Gates replied, “Yes, there is a person who is richer than me.”

He then narrated a story.

“It was during the time when I wasn’t rich or famous.

I was at the New York Airport when I saw a newspaper vendor.

I wanted to buy one newspaper but found that I didn’t have enough change. So I left the idea of buying and returned it to the vendor.

I am Giving You This For Free

I told him of not having the change. The vendor said, ‘I am giving you this for free.’ On his insistence I took the newspaper.

Coincidentally, after two to three months, I landed at the same airport and again I was short of change for a newspaper. The vendor offered me the newspaper again. I refused and said that I can’t take it for I don’t have change today too. He said, ‘You can take it, I am sharing this from my profit, I won’t be at loss.’ I took the newspaper.

After 19 years I became famous and known by people. Suddenly I remembered that vendor. I began searching for him and after about 1½ months of searching, I found him.

I asked him, ‘Do you know me?’ He said, ‘Yes, you are Bill Gates.’

I asked him again, ‘Do you remember once you gave me a newspaper for free?’

The vendor said, ‘Yes, I remember. I gave you twice.’

I said, ‘I want to repay the help you had offered me that time. Whatever you want in your life, tell me, I shall fulfill it.’

The vendor said, ‘Sir, don’t you think that by doing so you won’t be able to match my help?’

I asked, ‘Why?’

He said, ‘I had helped you when I was a poor newspaper vendor and you are trying to help me now, when you have become the richest man in the world. How can your help match mine?’

That day I realized that the newspaper vendor is richer than I am, because he didn’t wait to become rich to help someone.”

People need to understand that the truly rich are those who possess a rich heart rather than lots of money.

It’s very important to have a rich heart. ❤️