Bill Gates attacks Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax saying it would leave him 'counting what he had left over'.

Bill Gates has criticised Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax, claiming it left him doing “a little math about what I have left over”.

The Microsoft founder and billionaire spoke about the Democratic presidential candidate’s plan at The New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday.

“I’ve paid over $10bn (£7.8bn) in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” he said. ”If I had to pay $20bn (£15.5bn), it’s fine.

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“But when you say I should pay $100bn (£77.7bn), then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.”

He added: “Sorry, I’m just kidding.”

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A baby blimp rears its head amidst a group of anti-Trump protesters outside the president't campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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President Trump addresses supporters at the launch event of his 2020 election campaign in Orlando, Florida

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Proud Boys have adopted Fred Perry polo shirts as their uniform and many members have the name of the group tattooed on their arms

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A line of police officers separate opposing groups of protesters outside the launch of President Trump's 2020 campaign launch

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A protester hits a Trump punching bag during a protest outside Trump's 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Twin Trump supporters pose for a photo at the president's 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Trump supporter faces off against a protester outside the president's campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Proud Boy shouts across the police line at anti-Trump protesters outside the president's campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Trump supporter poses for a photo at the president's 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Proud Boy jeers at anti-Trump protesters who are separated from the president's supporters by a police line outside the president's campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A man dressed as Uncle Sam poses at President Trump's 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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An anti-Trump protester faces off against a supporter outside the president's campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Members of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, jeer at anti-Trump protesters outside of the president's 2020 campaign launch

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A child holds a 2020 US "dollar bill" that features Donald Trump's face at the president's 2020 campaign launch

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Anti-Trump protesters rally outside the president's 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Ms Warren has proposed a 6 per cent tax on wealth above $1bn (£777m).

Asked if he would speak to Ms Warren about her tax plans, he said: “You know I’m not sure how open minded minded she is.

“Or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.”

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Mr Gates also said he would not make “political declarations” about who he would vote for if the choice was between Donald Trump and Ms Warren.

“But I do think no matter what policy somebody has in mind, a professional approach is even – as much as I disagree with some of the policy things that are out there, I do think a professional approach to the office – whoever I decide would have the more professional approach in the current situation probably will weigh, is the thing that I will weigh the most.

“I hope the more professional candidate is an electable candidate.”

Ms Warren responded on Twitter, saying she would be happy to meet with Mr Gates to “explain exactly how much you’d pay under my wealth tax”.

She added: “I promise it’s not $100bn.”

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Mr Gates is worth an estimated $107bn, according to Bloomberg.

Last week, Ms Warren revealed how she would fund her controversial Medicare for All plan, insisting ordinary Americans would not pay “one penny” extra in taxes.

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