Microsoft founder visits Canal

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Panama on Bill Gates’top ten “interesting” list

At the expansion on the Caribbean side: Ing. Ilya Espino de Marotta (wearing pink, in charge of the Canal expansion project), Bill Gates and Melinda Gates.

At the expansion on the Caribbean side: Ing. Ilya Espino de Marotta (wearing pink, in charge of the Canal expansion project), Bill Gates and Melinda Gates.

Microsoft founder and richest man in the world, Bill Gates, made an unpublicized trip through the Panama Canal last weekend. He later published details regarding his visit on TheGatesNotes.com, speaking highly of his visit here.

“Of all the interesting things around the world,” he said in an online video, “I’d put the Panama Canal in the top ten because you are there with all the commerce… It is this unbelievably unique thing… I wish that everyone had the chance to go down and see it.”

Upon arriving, Bill had just finished reading a book about the Canal, David McCullough’s “The Path Between The Seas.” He stated that it was an eye-opener to the history, politics and investment made on what he calls “the biggest civil work ever.”

Aboard their ship, the Gates family entered on the Pacific side and completed their transit in an expedited seven hours. They stopped at the Miraflores Visitor Center to see how the Canal operates. Bill noted that the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) uses Windows-based computers to operate the interoceanic waterway.

On the Atlantic side, they visited the expansion site.

Bill Gates stopped to visit the Miraflores Visitor’s Center, where he noted that the Canal operates using Windows-based computers.

Bill Gates stopped to visit the Miraflores Visitor’s Center, where he noted that the Canal operates using Windows-based computers.

He wrote about his trip: “I know it’s not exactly a typical vacation destination (and we did spend a few days at the beach afterward). But we had fun learning about how the canal was built – that in itself is an amazing story of ingenuity and hard work – and what it takes to keep things running smoothly today.”

The widened locks of the Panama Canal are slotted to open in 2015.

On the shores of Panama’s Caribbean coast, Bill Gates reviews his copy of “The Path Between The Seas” by David McCullough, a book he said opened his eyes to the financial and political implications of the Canal.

On the shores of Panama’s Caribbean coast, Bill Gates reviews his copy of “The Path Between The Seas” by David McCullough, a book he said opened his eyes to the financial and political implications of the Canal.

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