Many economists consider the financial crisis of 2008 to be the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
According to Bill Gates, the US is heading toward another one just like it.
On Tuesday, the Microsoft founder held an “Ask Me Anything” event on Reddit. When a user asked, “Do you think in the near future, we will have another financial crisis similar to the one in 2008?” Gates replied with a stern — but still optimistic — warning.
“Yes. It is hard to say when but this is a certainty,” Gates said. “Fortunately we got through that one reasonably well.”
Gates then deferred to his good friend and fellow billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett, saying, “Warren has talked about this and he understands this area far better than I do.”
The 2008 crisis led to the Great Recession, which saw 8.8 million jobs lost. The net worth of households across the US fell by more than $19 trillion, and the number of homeless families increased.
Gates ended his reply by saying, “Despite this prediction of bumps ahead I am quite optimistic about how innovation and capitalism will improve the situation for humans everywhere.”