Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bill Gates in Costa Rica

Microsoft co-founder and one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, 53, came to Costa Rica for a family vacation. He stayed for a week at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Guanacaste, a company in which he owns $1.9 billion in shares (5 percent).

When Gates bought the shares, his friend and partner Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who last year visited Costa Rica, and purchased $7.6 billion (22 percent) of the hotel chain.

According to the Immigration Service, Gates had last come to Costa Rica in 2006. This time, with his wife and children, Gates stayed in Guanacaste –in the Costa Rican northwestern Pacific. Gates arrived last Friday aboard a private jet and he left today.

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